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Philip Fowke - Piano

"... that co-existence of a high musical intellect with elegance, wit and unashamedly joyful showmanship, marks out Philip Fowke among his own generation of pianists ..."
The Times

Philip Fowke is one of Britain’s most outstanding pianists and distinguished musicians. His appearances with leading orchestras together with his many broadcasts and recordings have earned him international respect, admiration and the affection of audiences. Amongst the more famous conductors he has appeared with are Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Simon Rattle, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Yuri Temirkanov and Klaus Tennstedt. He has toured the USA, Canada, Scandinavia, South America, Germany, Italy and New Zealand and during the last two seasons he has worked with the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. In 2003 his 12th appearance at The BBC Proms was also televised live.

Philip Fowke is recognised as a champion of British music, performing the concertos of Arnell, Britten, Bliss, Delius, Finzi, Ireland, King, Leighton, Rawsthorne, Tippett and Walton beside those by Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Schumann. He continues to challenge audiences, performing orchestral works by Casella, Dohnanyi, Gershwin, Khatchaturian, Lambert, Poulenc, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky and Weber. He also brings his keen musicianship to bear in bringing the best out of popular film music, including Addinsell’s “Warsaw Concerto”, and more recent classics from this genre. He exhibits a similarly well-informed range of knowledge and ability in his recital and chamber music as well as in his many broadcasts as both performer and contributor to discussion programmes for BBC Radio 3 plus live radio commentary during a recent Leeds International Piano Competition.

Philip Fowke's impressive discography includes concertos by Rachmaninov, Ravel, Tchaikovsky and Finzi, the Chopin Waltzes and Sonatas for EMI on CFP's "Silver Doubles" label, "Virtuoso Piano Transcriptions" on CRD, the Piano Concerto of Sir Arthur Bliss issued on Unicorn in celebration of the composer's centenary, Delius' Piano Concerto, a recital of music by Bliss on Chandos, Alun Hoddinott's First Piano Concerto for Lyrita and a CD featuring music written for piano and orchestra from classic film scores for Naxos. He is a member of the London Piano Quartet together with Nona Liddell, violin, Elizabeth Turnbull, viola, and David Kenedy, ‘cello (all professors at Trinity College of Music). Their first CD of music by Cyril Scott was issued in 2002 and a more recent recording of chamber music by Alan Bush received an excellent review in The Gramophone. He is an acclaimed teacher, holds the post of Senior Fellow of Keyboard at Trinity College of Music in London, gives regular master classes worldwide and appears as an adjudicator on panels for international competitions.

January 2009

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COMPOSER Work Label / CD
ADDINSELL Warsaw Concerto & other
Piano Concertos from the Movies
RTE Concert Orchestra
Proinnsías Ó Duinn
Naxos 8.554323
BLISS Piano Concerto
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Atherton
Unicorn- Kanchana UKCD 2029
BLISS Piano WorksChandos CHAN 8979
BRITTENScottish Ballade
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Rattle
ASD 4417
CHOPIN Complete Waltzes
Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3
EMI CDCFP 4790
DELIUS Piano Concerto
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Del Mar
Unicorn- Kanchana UKCD 2072
FINZI Fantasy and Toccata
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
EMI CDC 7 49913 2
RACHMANINOVPiano Concerto No. 2 in C minor
Variations on a Theme of Paganini
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Temirkanov
EMI CD EMX 9509
RAVELPiano Concerto in G
Concerto for Left Hand
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Baudo
EMI CDCFP 4667
SAINT-SAENSCarnival of the Animals
Scottish National Orchestra
Gibson
EMI CDCFP 4086
SCOTT, Cyril Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano
Quintet for Piano, 2 violins, Viola & Cello
The London Piano Quartet
EPOCH CDLX7116
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Boettcher
EMI CDCFP 9010
VIRTUOSO TRANSCRIPTIONSCRD CRD 1096
VIRTUOSI
Michael Thompson - Horn
EMI CDC 754420 2

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