Peter Hill teaches at the University of Sheffield. He studied the classical repertoire for piano with Cyril Smith while a student at Oxford, and later at the Royal College of Music in London. At the same time his interest in avant-garde music led to the award of the first prize for performance at Darmstadt for his playing of Cage and Stockhausen. His CDs include a recording of the complete piano music of Messiaen: the series spans seven CDs, and during its making Peter Hill studied privately with Messiaen in Paris. The recording has recently been re-released by Regis, has won numerous awards and distinctions, and has been described as “one of the most important solo recording projects of recent years” (The New York Times). Other CDs include Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in the composer’s arrangement for piano duet (Naxos) and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations (Unicorn-Kanchana). His CD of the complete solo piano works of Schönberg, Berg and Webern (Naxos) was a recording of the year in Classic CD and The Sunday Times, and Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Among his writings are The Messiaen Companion (Faber and Faber) and Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (Cambridge University Press). In 2005 with Nigel Simeone he has completed Messiaen, a new biography based on documents, sketches and photographs from the private Messiaen archive in Paris (Yale University Press).
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Lyndhurst (England, UK), 1948
Residence: Sheffield (England, UK)
- Performer (piano)