Steven Osborne (pianist)

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Steven Osborne
Born 1971
Scotland
Nationality British
Alma mater Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
Occupation Classical Pianist
Spouse(s) Jean Johnson (clarinettist)
Website
www.stevenosborne.co.uk

Steven Osborne (born 1971) is a Scottish pianist who has performed concertos and solo recitals worldwide.

He was taught by Richard Beauchamp at St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh before going to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester to study under Renna Kellaway. After graduating, Osborne went on to win first prize in the prestigious Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in 1991 and the Naumburg International Competition in New York in May 1997. In 1999 he was selected as BBC New Generation Artist in the first year of the scheme.[1]

His recording career began when he was signed to Hyperion Records in 1998 and has resulted in bi-annual recordings. This first disc with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra celebrated Osborne’s Scottish musical heritage with a pairing of Sir Alexander Mackenzie's Scottish Concerto with Sir Donald Tovey's Piano Concerto in A, winning a BBC Music Magazine ‘Best of the Year’ and a Gramophone ‘Critics Choice’. His subsequent disc was a recording of works by the contemporary Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin - including 13 of his 24 Preludes in Jazz Style – which won a Deutsche Schallplattenpreis. The disc that brought Osborne to international attention was his recording of Olivier Messiaen's epic Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus in 2002. His on-going contract with Hyperion has resulted in a two Gramophone Awards (Britten's Piano Concerto in 2009, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev in 2013), two Schallplattenpreis awards (Rachmaninoff's 24 Preludes, and Messiaen's Vingt Regards) together with numerous nominations.[2]

Concerto performances take Steven Osborne to orchestras all over the world, including the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. With these orchestras he has collaborated with conductors including Christoph von Dohnányi,[3] Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ludovic Morlot, Leif Segerstam, Andrew Litton, Ingo Metzmacher, Vladimir Jurowski and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.[4]

Steven Osborne has returned almost annually to the BBC Proms – where his programmes for the past three years have ranged from Mahler Songs with Alice Coote (2009), to Rachmaninoff's 1st Piano Concerto (2010), and Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain (2011). Grieg's Piano Concerto (2012).[5] At the Edinburgh Festival he has appeared both as a soloist and chamber musician performing with just a few of his long-term collaborators Christian Tetzlaff, Alban Gerhardt, Paul Lewis and Lisa Batiashvili.[6]

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