Alkan, the Lonely Visionary?

Liszt, Chopin,
Herz, Pixis, Hexameron
Thalberg, Czerny
Chopin Allegro de Concert
Alkan Concerto for Solo Piano Op39
Alkan enjoys a reputation as a loner, one who set himself apart, away from the glamour – and tawdriness – of the Paris scene. Yet why did this man – oft-feted as the ‘Berlioz of the Piano’ – exile himself? And what impact did this have on his music?
This concert, the second in Lutchmayer’s Alkan Encircled Series, provides an insight into Alkan’s private life, the choices he made, and sets his music against that of his more illustrious and flamboyant peers – Chopin and Liszt, as well as some of the less famous pianists of the day.

tl_files/images/events/2013/June/Karl Lutchmayer 1.JPG Karl Lutchmayer is one of the UK’s foremost concert pianists. A Steinway Artist, Karl performs across the globe, working with conductors such as Lorin Maazel and Sir Andrew Davis.

Karl is equally renowned as a lecturer and is a committed educator. He holds a professorship at Trinity College of Music, London and is a regular guest lecturer at conservatoires around the world, including the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York and the Mehli Mehta Foundation in India, his family home.

His London lecture-recital series, Conversational Concerts, continues to garner critical and public acclaim and this season, following his landmark recitals celebrating the Liszt Bicentenary, he has received invitations from 4 continents to give recitals celebrating the Alkan Bicentenary.

Karl is also a passionate advocate of contemporary music, Karl has given over 90 world premieres, with many of the works written especially for him. His recitals have been broadcast on BBC Radio3, All India Radio and Classic FM.

Karl studied at the Royal College of Music under Peter Wallfisch and John Barstow and undertook further studies with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatoire. Extensive research into ‘Performing Practice in the Piano Music of Busoni’ earned Karl his Master’s Degree, since when his research interests have grown to include the music of Liszt, Alkan, Enescu; The Creative Transcription Network; reception theory, and the history of piano recital programming.

In 1997, Karl was awarded the prestigious Constant [&] Kit Lambert Fellowship by the Worshipful Company of Musicians - the first time in its history that it was awarded to an instrumentalist – and returned to his alma mater to begin his lecturing career.

Now a prominent figure in the field of public music appreciation, he gives pre-concert talks at venues including the Wigmore Hall, and in addition to his popular London Time Out column, has contributed articles to numerous magazines and books.

Karl resides in London, where he indulges his other passion – classic cars - with a collection which includes a 1968 Triumph Spitfire, and his new pride and joy, a 1965 E-Type Jaguar.

Karl Lutchmayer is one of the UK’s foremost concert pianists. A Steinway Artist, Karl performs across the globe, working with conductors such as Lorin Maazel and Sir Andrew Davis.

Karl is equally renowned as a lecturer and is a committed educator. He holds a professorship at Trinity College of Music, London and is a regular guest lecturer at conservatoires around the world, including the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York and the Mehli Mehta Foundation in India, his family home.

His London lecture-recital series, Conversational Concerts, continues to garner critical and public acclaim and this season, following his landmark recitals celebrating the Liszt Bicentenary, he has received invitations from 4 continents to give recitals celebrating the Alkan Bicentenary.

Karl is also a passionate advocate of contemporary music, Karl has given over 90 world premieres, with many of the works written especially for him. His recitals have been broadcast on BBC Radio3, All India Radio and Classic FM.

Karl studied at the Royal College of Music under Peter Wallfisch and John Barstow and undertook further studies with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatoire. Extensive research into ‘Performing Practice in the Piano Music of Busoni’ earned Karl his Master’s Degree, since when his research interests have grown to include the music of Liszt, Alkan, Enescu; The Creative Transcription Network; reception theory, and the history of piano recital programming.

In 1997, Karl was awarded the prestigious Constant [&] Kit Lambert Fellowship by the Worshipful Company of Musicians - the first time in its history that it was awarded to an instrumentalist – and returned to his alma mater to begin his lecturing career.

Now a prominent figure in the field of public music appreciation, he gives pre-concert talks at venues including the Wigmore Hall, and in addition to his popular London Time Out column, has contributed articles to numerous magazines and books.

Karl resides in London, where he indulges his other passion – classic cars - with a collection which includes a 1968 Triumph Spitfire, and his new pride and joy, a 1965 E-Type Jaguar.

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