İdil Biret – Mythical Trips to Romantic Lands


“Mythical Trips to Romantic Lands”

Abegg Variations, Op. 1
Fantasiestücke Op. 12
Toccata Op. 7

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42
Moments Musicaux, Op. 16

…. Le Grand Damme du Piano (The Great Woman of the Piano) – John Sheppard

World renowned pianist Idil Biret returns to the UK to interpret Schumann and Rachmaninov’s works with her piano recital called “Mythical Trips to Romantic Lands” at the Cadogan Hall on May 13th. The event is supported by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü – London and presented by Piu Entertainment

Idil Biret embarked on her career as soloist at the age of sixteen, appearing with major orchestras in the principal music centres like the Boston Symphony, Leningrad Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia, Sydney Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Warsaw Philharmonic in collaboration with conductors of greatest distinction such as Erich Leinsdorf, Pierre Monteux, Hermann Scherchen, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Kazimierz Kord, Antoni Wit, Sir Charles Groves, Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Charles Mackerras. She released more than one hundred records since the 1960s, including the first recordings of Liszt’s transcriptions of the nine symphonies of Beethoven for EMI, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique for Atlantic/Finnadar, the complete piano works of Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninov and many more. Her Boulez recording won the Golden Diapason of the year award in France in 1995 and the complete Chopin recordings received a Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin award at the same year.

Turkish virtuoso Idil Biret gave her first concert in the UK in 1960 at the age of eighteen, performing the Mozart Concerto K. 467 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. In the coming years and decades she returned many times giving concerts and recitals in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Edinburgh and other cities performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Manchester Halle Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Welsh Symphony, BBC Manchester Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Orchestra in London, Birmingham Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra and others under the batons of Nadia Boulanger, Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Andrew Davis, Anatole Fistoulari, Lawrence Foster, Louis Fremaux, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Alexander Gibson, Sir Charles Groves, Howard Griffiths, Rudolph Kempe, Stephen Kovacevich, Andrew Litton, James Loughran, Sir Charles Mackerras, Pierre Monteux, Sir John Pritchard, Gennadi Rojdestvensky, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Barry Tuckwell.

On October 2015 she made a live concert recording of the Mozart Concertos, K. 450 and K. 491 with the London Mozart Players, conducted by John Gibbons, at the St. John’s Smith Sq. Hall.

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