About the Artist
 
Richard Haughton

The enthusiasm and appreciation of audiences and critics around the world has cemented Danny Driver’s international reputation as a versatile and creative pianist of sophistication, interpretative insight and musical depth. His studies at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music inspired his holistic approach to performance and have enabled him to cultivate a broad repertoire encompassing a singular mix of canonic and less known keyboard works. As comfortable with Bach and Handel as he is with György Ligeti and Thomas Adès, notable recognition of Driver’s work has included three Gramophone Award nominations, Limelight Magazine’s Instrumental Recording of the Year 2014, and his recent inclusion in the New York Times’ list of 2017 Best Classical Recordings.

Concerto engagements have taken Driver to orchestras around the world such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Minnesota Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Hong Kong Pro Arte, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Uppsala Chamber Orchestra. His ongoing collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has been heard across the UK, at London’s Cadogan Hall and the BBC Proms, with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Alexander Shelley, and Mario Venzago. Elsewhere he has enjoyed performing with Andrew Litton, Martyn Brabbins, Marzena Diakun, Rebecca Miller, Rory Macdonald and Sir James Macmillan.

Recital invitations bring Driver to concert halls and music festivals across Europe, Asia and North America, and have established him as a familiar face at London’s Wigmore Hall in both solo and duo recitals. Highlights of his 2016-17 season included his first recitals at the Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series, Music Toronto, Salle Bourgie in Montreal, Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, and several performances of Ligeti’s Piano Études interlaced with Debussy’s complete Images across the United States and in Osaka.

Danny Driver values ensemble collaboration as highly as his solo work, an approach reflected in his enthusiasm for chamber music festivals (Oxford May Music, O/Modʏrnt, Eilat, Bard Music Festival, Carducci Festival, and Australian Chamber Music Festival), and equally in long-standing musical partnerships with violinist Chloë Hanslip, cellist Oliver Coates, and baritone Christian Immler. Recent projects with these artists have included a complete Beethoven Piano & Violin Sonatas at Turner Sims Concert Hall (recorded live for Rubicon Classics), a recording of Bernstein’s Arias & Barcarolles (to be released later in 2018), song recitals in Switzerland, France, Germany and Canada, and performances of Thomas Adès’ Lieux Retrouvés and Morton Feldman’s Patterns in a Chromatic Field (cello and piano) at the South Bank Centre and King’s Place respectively.

Driver’s decade-long relationship with the prestigious Hyperion Records label has spawned a varied and internationally acclaimed discography of works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Handel, York Bowen, Benjamin Dale, Mili Balakirev, Robert Schumann, and Erik Chisholm. Of his first volume of C P E Bach Sonatas, Bryce Morrison wrote in Gramophone “It would be impossible to over-estimate Driver's impeccable technique and musicianship.…this is one of the finest of all recent keyboard issues and Hyperion's sound and presentation are ideal'. His most recent release, Volume 70 of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series, featured piano concertos by Amy Beach, Dorothy Howell, and Cécile Chaminade, while future studio projects are to include György Ligeti’s complete Piano Études.

Forthcoming engagements include debut performances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and with the Hallé Orchestra at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, solo and chamber recitals at Wigmore Hall to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and return visits to Music Toronto and the Bard Music Festival. Driver will also be featured as Artist-in-Residence at the 2018 Lichfield Festival.

Driver trained with Alexander Kelly and Piers Lane whilst studying at Cambridge University, with Irina Zaritskaya at the Royal College of Music in London, and completed his studies privately with Maria Curcio. As a student he won numerous awards including the Royal Over-Seas League Keyboard Competition and the title of BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year. Making his home in London, he is currently Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music and also lectures in Performance at Goldsmiths University of London.

 

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