Leslie Howard

BIPA Guest Tutor 2011

‘When virtuoso pyrotechnics are demanded Howard rises to the occasion with consummate ease. He avoids imposing his own personality on the music but presents interpretations that allow the music to speak for itself.’ Brian Davidson, International Piano, 2011

Leslie Howard is just embarking on the busiest year of his professional life, celebrating Liszt's 200th Anniversary with 80 concerts all over the world, beginning with a recital in the Wigmore Hall. In commemorating the anniversary Hyperion is releasing the entire collection (99 CDs) of the complete piano music of Ferenc Liszt, played by Howard, in a special boxed set; he was engaged on this for 14 years, the largest recording project ever undertaken by a solo musician. A renowned concert pianist, Leslie Howard has given recitals and concerto performances all over the world and is a familiar figure at numerous international festivals. His repertoire is immense: with more than 80 concertos, he has played with many of the world’s great orchestras.

Leslie Howard was born in Australia, educated there, in Italy and in England, and has made his home in London for more than 30 years. Besides Liszt, Howard's recordings include music by Franck, Glazunov, Grainger, Grieg, Granados, Rakhmaninov, Rubinstein, Sibelius, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. During the past year Leslie Howard has recorded four new CDs: Liszt New Discoveries 3 - a two-CD set of world première recordings for Hyperion; 25 Études in Black and White - his own compositions recorded for ArtCorp; and the Rachmaninov Sonatas for Melba Recordings.

In the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours Leslie Howard was appointed a Member in the Order of Australia [AM] “for service to the arts as a musicologist, composer, piano soloist and mentor to young musicians”. In 2000 he was honoured with the Pro Cultura Hungarica award, and in 2004 was decorated by the President of Hungary with the Medal of St. Stephen. In 2007 Leslie Howard conducted the English Chamber Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall in the presence of the Prince of Wales. President of the British Liszt Society since 1988, Dr Howard is also a regular writer and speaker on music and broadcaster on radio and television; he frequently gives masterclasses around the world.