Murray Perahia KBE
In the thirty years he has been performing on the concert
stage, Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought
after and cherished pianists of our time.
worldwide as a musician of rare musical sensitivity,
Mr Perahia performs in all of the major international
music centres and with every leading orchestra of the
world. He is currently the Guest Principal Conductor
of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with whom
this season’s engagements have included concerts
in Edinburgh, London and Leeds in the UK, as well as
a tour of Switzerland and Italy. He recently returned
from a series of recitals throughout the United States.
Future engagements include a short tour of Bergen, Dresden
and Prague, again with the Academy, and a series of
European recitals including performances in London and
has received unreserved praise as a recording artist,
not least for his complete Mozart and Beethoven concerto
cycles, and for his discs of Bach keyboard concertos.
His recent release on Sony Classical features Schubert’s
late piano sonatas in C minor (D958), A major (D959)
and B flat major (D960).
was born in New York. He started playing the piano at
the age of four and later attended Mannes College where
he majored in conducting and composition. His summers
were spent in Marlboro, where he collaborated with musicians
such as Rudolph Serkin, Pablo Casals and the members
of the Budapest Quartet. He also studied at that time
with Mieczyslaw Horszowski.
In 1972 Murray
Perahia won the Leeds International Piano Competition.
Engagements throughout Europe soon followed. In 1973
he gave his first concert at the Aldeburgh Festival
where he met and worked closely with Benjamin Britten
and Peter Pears, accompanying the latter in many Lieder
recitals. He became co-artistic director of the Aldeburgh
Festival from 1981 to 1989. In subsequent years, he
developed a close friendship with Vladimir Horowitz
whose perspective and personality were an abiding inspiration.
he was presented with the 1997 Instrumentalist award
by the Royal Philharmonic Society. In 1999, he received
an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of
Leeds. Murray Perahia is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal
College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. In
recognition of his outstanding service to music, Murray
Perahia was awarded an honorary KBE in 2004.