Meet The Artists - Alasdair Beatson

Alasdair Beatson

Pianist Alasdair Beatson is highly regarded as a distinctive and vibrant musician.  Recent and forthcoming highlights include a sixth solo Wigmore Recital, performances of the complete Beethoven cello sonatas with Pieter Wispelwey, and collaborations with such artists as Adrian Brendel, Philippe Graffin, Erich Höbarth, the Nash Ensemble and the Doric String Quartet.  A new CD released on Claves features Mozart and Stravinsky works for violin and piano with Swiss violinist Esther Hoppe, and joins a solo piano discography of Mendelssohn, Thuille, and four Opus 1’s (Brahms, Berg, Grieg and Schumann).

Often attracted to less familiar repertoire, Alasdair’s approach to programming has been described as canny and uncompromising (Classical Source).  Some uncommon works explored include Debussy’s own arrangement for solo piano of his ballet Jeux, Fauré’s rarely performed Fantaisie for piano and orchestra, Hindemith’s Four Temperaments, Ligeti’s Horn Trio, Thomas Adès’ Piano Quintet, and piano trio arrangements of Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Janacek’s Kreutzer Sonata.  Keen to collaborate directly with living composers, Alasdair has worked closely with George Benjamin, Harrison Birtwistle, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Heinz Holliger.

Photo Credit: Giorgia Bertazzi

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