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19 May 2016, 8pm, at the Old Divinity School

Kurtág: Flowers we are, frail flowers; Bell-fanfare for Sandor Veress; Hommage à Schubert
Schubert: Piano Sonata in A minor, D784
Kurtág: Sarabande; Mikrorondo; …flowers also the stars…
Ravel: Sonatine
Kurtág: Perpetuum mobile (objet trouvé)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21

Alasdair Beatson

“…extraordinary set of performances… pristine pianism… musicianship of the highest order.”
Glasgow Herald

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).

Recent concerts include appearances as soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the Scottish Ensemble, and performances as soloist in Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques, conducted by George Benjamin.  As one of the most established chamber pianists of his generation, Alasdair works in a wide and varied repertoire with some of today’s finest musicians. Recent festival appearances include Aldeburgh, Bath Mozartfest, Music at Plush, Resonances (Belgium), Ernen (Switzerland), Delft and Oxford Chamber Music.  A regular participant of IMS Prussia Cove, Alasdair was invited to join their touring groups in 2007 and 2011.  He is Artistic Director of the chamber music festival Musique à Marsac.

Alasdair enjoys a regular association with the Scottish Ensemble.  In addition to numerous chamber music projects, he returned in Autumn 2014 for a third project as soloist, touring concertos of Mozart and Haydn throughout Scotland and at Wigmore Hall.

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.