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Bach Piano Recital

British pianist Peter Seivewright wowed the audience at Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna.

Johann Sebastian Bach transcriptions by Eugen d'Albert and Ferrucio Busoni, as well as the Sonatina in E minor by Max Reger, were on Bösendorfer Hall’s program on Oct. 22.

Peter Seivewright onstage at Bösendorfer Hall

Peter Seivewright onstage at Bösendorfer Hall

Born in Skipton, England, Peter Seivewright impressed the many music lovers that came for his Vienna debut through his sensitive playing on the Bösendorfer. Whether it was the Passacaglia in C minor, the Prelude and Fugue in D major in a transcription by Eugen d'Albert or the Prelude and Fugue in A-flat major by Johann Sebastian Bach, as listeners we felt deeply moved by the British pianist’s interpretations of these works.

Oxford and the world

Seivewright studied music in Oxford and completed three years of postdoctoral work at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he studied with Ryszard Bakst. As a student he traveled regularly as soloist with the RNCM Orchestra and received positive reviews in the press for his performances of Richard Rodney Bennett's piano concerto.

Peter Seivewright has performed throughout the world in the best-known concert halls. In Europe, he has played in Great Britain, Germany, Italy and elsewhere; in the Asia-Pacific region he has performed in Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Australia, China, India and Kuwait. A special highlight of his career was his performance in the Forbidden City in Beijing. In August 2009 he played Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in Vietnam with the Ho-Chi-Minh-City Orchestra.

The pianist, who resides in Trinidad and Tobago in addition to Glasgow, has a CD discography to his credit which comprises the complete piano music of Carl Nielsen (2 CDs - Naxos), Contemporary Scottish Piano Music (Merlin) and the major piano works by Danish Romantic composer Victor Bendix (Rondo Records, Copenhagen).

He has recorded a total of ten CDs for Divine Arts with all 90 piano sonatas by Baldassarre Galuppi, the last great composer of the Republic of Venice (3 CDs have been released to date). In 2007, Divine Art released a double-CD set with the most important piano works by Danish composer Louis Glass (1864-1936). In preparation are recordings of four Bach concertos with the Scottish Baroque Soloists for the Divine Arts label, a CD with Romantic piano concertos, among them those of Bendix and Hartmann, as well as new recordings of piano works by Max Reger, Martin Dalby and W.G. Whittaker.

Trinidad and Tobago

In 2008, Peter Seivewright was named Professor of Music at the Academy for the Performing Arts at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. (DA)

(Photo credits: Bösendorfer)