Alasdair Beatson

Instruments: Keyboards | Piano

Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson is renowned as a sincere musician and intrepid programmer. He champions a wide repertoire with particular areas of interest: classical, early romantic and French music (especially Fauré), alongside the music of today’s composers. A prolific chamber musician, Alasdair’s colleagues include Steven Isserlis, Pekka Kuusisto, Viktoria Mullova, Pieter Wispelwey, the Doric, Gringolts and Meta4 string quartets, and the Nash Ensemble.

Two new recordings are released in Spring 2021: 3 Beethoven sonatas for violin and fortepiano with Viktoria Mullova on Onyx, and a solo piano recital Aus Wien on Pentatone. These join a discography of solo and chamber recordings on BIS, Champs Hill, Claves, Evil Penguin, Pentatone and SOMM labels. Despite the shadow of Covid, Alasdair has kept busy during 2020/21, playing several times at Wigmore Hall, recording multiple concerts for BBC Radio 3 alongside Alina Ibragimova, Aleksei Kiseliov and the Nash Ensemble, and joining Royal Northern Sinfonia as concerto soloist. Since 2019 Alasdair has been co-artistic director of the Swiss chamber music festival at Ernen.

2022 Festival Performances will include:
Elgar Piano Quintet with the Doric Quartet
Poulenc Sextet for Piano and Winds with the OrsinoEnsemble
Thuille Piano and Winds Sextet with the Orsino Ensemble
Works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn with Johannes Moser
Brett Dean Imaginary Ballet with Mairéad Hickey, Brett Dean & Johannes Moser

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Cork County Council
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RTE Lyric FM
Creative Places West Cork Islands
Irish Examiner
Maritime Hotel
IMRO - Irish Music Rights Organisation