"One of the major pianists of our time - awesome, fabulous, revelatory, quite overwhelming."
“I realised that I was not listening to a pianist but a true artist, someone who has given himself wholly to the music he is playing, immersed himself in the fabric of the piece and is living every second of it. John Lill is, without a doubt, one of the finest pianists at work today.”
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"As near to perfection as we can hope for."
JOHN LILL's concert career spans over fifty years. His rare talent emerged at an early age - he gave his first piano recital at the age of nine. At eighteen he performed Rachmaninov's 3rd Piano Concerto under Sir Adrian Boult, which was immediately followed by his much-acclaimed London debut, playing Beethoven's 'Emperor' Piano Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall. His early career flourished and was enhanced by many prestigious international prizes and awards. In 1970 he won the most coveted of these, the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition, further consolidating his already busy international concert schedule.
Unanimously described as the leading British pianist of his generation, John Lill's career has taken him to over fifty countries, both as a recitalist and as a soloist with the world's greatest orchestras and conductors. He regularly performs in all the European capitals (including Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stockholm and Vienna), Russia, the Far East, South America, Australasia, (including several ABC tours) and he is a frequent visitor to the United States, where he has worked with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic and the Orchestras of Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Rochester, San Diego, Seattle and Washington.
John Lill's extensive repertoire includes more than seventy concertos, and he is acclaimed in particular as a leading interpreter of Beethoven, whose complete sonata cycle he has performed on several occasions in the UK, USA and Japan. In Britain he has given over 30 BBC Promenade concerts and regularly appears with all the major symphony orchestras. He has made many overseas tours with British orchestras, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham, Hallé, Royal Scottish National and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras.
More recently John Lill has performed with the Rotterdam, Royal Stockholm, Czech and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras, National Philharmonic of Russia, LPO, Hallé Orchestra, Seattle and Indianapolis Symphony, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He gave recitals throughout the UK, USA, Europe and Australia. In 2009-10 he returned as soloist with several American orchestras, the RPO, RSNO, Bournemouth and Gothenburg Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and RTVE Orchestra Madrid. His recitals during that season included London’s Royal Festival Hall, Prague and Colmar Festivals, Cape Town and cities in the USA. The forthcoming season includes further concerts in the USA, UK, Europe and Japan.
John Lill has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon (Brahms), EMI (Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with RSNO/Gibson), ASV (the complete Beethoven Sonatas and both Brahms Concertos with the Hallé/Loughran and Pickwick Records (Tchaikovsky l with the LSO /Judd). More recently he has recorded the complete Prokofiev sonatas/solo music with ASV and his recent recording of the complete Beethoven Bagatelles and Piano Concertos with the CBSO and Weller is available on Chandos. He recorded Malcolm Arnold's Fantasy on a Theme of John Field (dedicated to John Lill) with RPO/Handley for Conifer and the complete Rachmaninov Concertos and major solo piano works for Nimbus Records. His most recent recording projects have been the 60th birthday release of piano works by Schumann on the CFP label and two new releases for Signum records of Schumann/Brahms and Haydn Piano Sonatas.
John Lill has been awarded many Honorary Doctorates from British Universities and Fellowships from the leading music Colleges and Academies. He lives in London and was awarded the OBE in 1977 and the CBE for his services to music in the 2005 New Year’s Honours List.