Peter Hill

One of the leading British pianists of his generation, Peter Hill is known for his performances and recordings of twentieth-century and contemporary music as well as of the classical repertoire. A lifelong fascination with the music of Bach led to Hill’s first two releases for Delphian, The Well-Tempered Clavier (DCD34101 & DCD34126), which attracted outstanding praise, with Book Two featured as ‘CD of the Week’ on BBC Radio 3. A third Delphian recording – ‘La Fauvette Passerinette, a Messiaen premiere, with birds, landscapes & homages’ (DCD34141) – placed a previously unknown work by Messiaen, which Hill rediscovered in 2012, in the context of music by Messiaen and his contemporaries. The CD has received extraordinary acclaim, including the award of the coveted ‘Diapason d’Or’ by the French magazine Diapason and nomination in the Instrumental category of the 2015 Gramophone Awards. Among earlier recordings are complete cycles of Messiaen and of Berg, Schoenberg and Webern. The Messiaen is regarded as a classic account, ‘one of the most impressive solo recording projects of recent years’ (New York Times), and won Messiaen’s own endorsement: ‘Beautiful technique, a true poet: I am a passionate admirer of Peter Hill’s playing.’ Both sets feature in 1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2016 he released a third Bach recording, featuring the complete ‘French’ Suites (DCD34166). Other CDs include Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen (with Benjamin Frith), and two CDs of Stravinsky including the composer’s arrangements of The Rite of Spring and Three Movements from ‘Petrushka’.

Peter Hill’s writings include Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (Cambridge Music Handbooks) and three books on Messiaen, among them a groundbreaking biography (Messiaen, Yale University Press) which was awarded the Dumesnil Prize by the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. As well as recitals Peter Hill gives lectures, masterclasses and broadcasts around the world, and has lectured at leading universities, among them Oxford, Cambridge, Chicago, Columbia and Yale, as well as the Juilliard School and the Australian National Academy of Music, and at venues such as the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. He holds an honorary professorship at Sheffield University and is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music.