Allan Schiller will be in Concert at All Saints Church on Friday 6th October 2017, 7.30pm for 8pm. Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy. Tickets from Woodchurch Information Centre, All Saints Church and Woodchurch School. Adults £15 : Children £5 : Family of four £32
This is a charity event in aid of All Saints Renovation Fund and Woodchurch School
Allan Schiller is widely regarded as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Born in Leeds, he studied at first with Fanny Waterman, the founder of the Leeds International Piano Competition, followed by an intensive period of training with the distinguished pianist Denis Matthews, and he subsequently became the first British pianist to be awarded a scholarship to study in Moscow where he joined the class of Professor Victor Merzhanov. He has played with every major British orchestra, broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 3, has performed at the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms, and has made many successful CD recordings. Allan is widely regarded as one of the finest Mozartians of his generation.
His performing career began at the age of nine when he played a movement of a Haydn concerto with the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra at a series of concerts for school children. But only a few months later he was soloist in the Mozart concerto with the Hallé Orchestra under the great Sir John Barbirolli. A few years later, while still a teenager, he made his first appearances at both the Edinburgh Festival and the Promenade Concerts with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Since those early days Allan has developed a career which has seen him performing with all the major British orchestras under such conductors as Bernard Haitink and Georg Solti, and giving hundreds of recitals and playing chamber music with some of the top instrumentalists and quartets. He has been a regular and popular BBC artist, and his commercial records cover a vast repertoire and span a period of 50 years.
He brings to his performances an innate musicality allied to a beauty of touch – critics praise the clarity of his playing and his ability to make the piano sing. He is, perhaps, primarily identified with his interpretation of Mozart’s work, and one of his most highly acclaimed records was of two concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras.
His most recent discs feature piano quartets by Mozart, piano duets by Schubert and a solo recital of works by Beethoven, Mozart and Schumann.
His concert work now includes recitals on luxury cruise liners and talks on his long and interesting career. In 2017 he published ‘Music Made Me’, a fascinating story of his life in music, and filled with anecdotes and insights into the profession, which you will be able to purchase at the All Saints concert.