Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most treasured musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show an immense musical depth. His numerous awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and two Gramophone Awards. His residences at London’s Wigmore Hall, Antwerp’s deSingel, the Bath International Music Festival, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and, this season, at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are a testament to the respect he commands.
Described by The Observer as “always a player in absolute service to the composer”, Steven Osborne recently released a much praised recording of Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas for Hyperion. During the Beethoven anniversary year, Osborne will present his illuminating take on these late works across the UK, Far East and North America including at Lincoln Center’s “Great Performers” series. Alongside concertos by Mozart and Beethoven with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra where he is Artist in Residence, Steven opens the season for the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi/Flor and performs with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Antwerp Symphony and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestras. The current season also features a recital tour of French piano duet repertoire with friend and colleague Paul Lewis with performances across Europe and North America.
Steven Osborne’s recitals are publicly and critically acclaimed without exception. Summer 2020 sees his focus shift to works by Schubert and Rachmaninov in preparation of his Rachmaninov cycle. He has performed at many of the world’s prestigious venues including the Wiener Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonie, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Kennedy Center Washington and is a regular guest at both Lincoln Center and Wigmore Hall.
Concerto performances take Steven Osborne to major orchestras all over the world including recent visits to the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Radio Symphonieorchester Wien, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Radio, London Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, St Louis Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center with repertoire ranging from Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Messiaen through to Tippett, Britten and Julian Anderson who dedicated his 2017 Piano Concerto to Steven.
2020 sees Steven Osborne release Prokofiev’s War Sonatas marking his 30th recording for Hyperion. A label artist since 1998, his 29 recordings have accumulated numerous awards in the UK, France, Germany and the USA including two Gramophone Awards, three Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik Awards and a Choc in Classica Magazine in addition to a clutch of Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and Recordings of the Year from The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times and The Sunday Times. His recordings span a wide range of repertoire including Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, Ravel, Liszt, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Medtner, Messiaen, Britten, Tippett, Crumb and Feldman.
Steven Osborne won first prize at the prestigious Clara Haskil Competition (1991) and the Naumburg International Competition (1997). Born in Scotland he studied with Richard Beauchamp at St. Mary's Music School in Edinburgh and Renna Kellaway at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He is Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Patron of the Lammermuir Festival and in 2014 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Steven Osborne performs Mozart Piano Concerto K595 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan (15 September) as the opening concert of the season for the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi conducted by Claus Peter Flor.
We are very excited to announce that three of our artists have been shortlisted for the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2019:
The Doric String Quartet’s Britten and Purcell (chamber music); Adam Walker’s performance of Huw Watkins’ Flute Concerto (contemporary); Steven Osborne’s outstanding CD of Beethoven Sonatas Nos 30 – 32 (instrumental).
Steven jets off to New York for the Mostly Mozart Festival performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2 with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra under the baton of Louis Langrée (9 and 10 August).
Steven steps in today (5 August) to replace Beatrice Rana to give a recital of Messiaen and Schubert as part of the Edinburgh International Festival at Queen’s Hall.
Steven Osborne presents a selection of Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus in Christ Church Cathedral as part of the Oxford International Piano Festival (3 August).
After a great 5 concert tour of New Zealand with the NZSO, Steven Osborne and Carlos Kalmar join forces again this week in Singapore
This week, Steven Osborne is with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra performing Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2 in concerts in Cheltenham, Oxford and, this weekend, at Tivoli Festival in Denmark.
On Saturday 11th May Steven Osborne performs at the Wigmore Hall with his duo programme with Alban Gerhardt. The programme includes works by schumann, Brahms, De Falla, Debussy and Ravel.
Steven Osborne performed the Tippett Piano Concerto with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra last week under conductor Sir Andrew Davis. This received high praise and 5 stars from Classical Source. You can listen to the concert for another month here.
On Friday 5 April, Osborne performs a recital at LSO St Lukes with a programme comprising of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata’s No 30, 31, and 32. This follows his performance of the same programme on Wednesday 3rd April at Leeds College of Music.