LESLIE HOWARD - PIANO


Leslie Howard has balanced his prodigious recording career with an international concert itinerary which has seen him performing regularly throughout the world for more than half a century, always with a repertoire that seeks to extend the audience's experience and to challenge accepted hierarchies of received wisdom. He has appeared regularly with the world's finest orchestras, and has also pursued a distinguished career as a chamber musician, partnering many of the greatest solo musicians and ensembles of our time.

In addition to his solo Liszt recordings, Leslie Howard's CD discography contains many other important world première recordings, including the four piano sonatas of Rubinstein, the three piano sonatas of Tchaikovsky and a disc of Scandinavian piano sonatas. All his early solo and duo recordings (with David Stanhope) of the music of Grainger have been reissued in a 5-CD set by Eloquence. There are also the Piano Quartets of Rubinstein – world première recordings for Hyperion, 25 Etudes in Black and White – his own compositions recorded for ArtCorp, and a disc pairing the two Rakhmaninov piano sonatas for Melba Recordings. Melba has also released two CDs with Mattia Ometto joining Howard in the complete music of Reynaldo Hahn for two pianos and piano duet. A work in progress, Brilliant Classics are issuing three sets each of 3 CDs of Liszt's complete music for two pianos, again with Mattia Ometto – the first box contains all 12 of Liszt's own two-piano versions of his symphonic poems.

In his capacity as a renowned scholar working from primary sources, Professor Howard has produced 13 volumes of Liszt Society Publications for The Hardie Press, including the complete chamber music, 30 volumes of the Music Section of the Liszt Society Journal, and 4 volumes of the new Urtext Liszt scores for Edition Peters (with a much-praised version of the Liszt Sonata). His other editorial work includes a new reconstruction and orchestration of Paganini's fifth violin concerto for the collected Paganini Edition in Italy, the full score of Bellini's 'Adelson e Salvini', and the now-standard two-piano score of Rakhmaninov's 4th Concerto for Boosey & Hawkes.

Awards

Ferenc Liszt Medal of Honour - Hungarian Government Award - [1986].

Grands prix du disque - Liszt Ferenc Társaság, Budapest - [1989, 1991 (2), 1993, 1994, Special Grand Prix for the Liszt series - 2000].

American Liszt Society Medal of Honour [1993 ]

Alumnus of the Year Award - Monash University, Australia [1994].

Riconoscimento d'eccellenza as performer and musicologist, Monteverdi Foundation, 1999, presented by the Italian Ambassador, Italian Embassy, London, March 1999.

Medal of St. Stephen, presented by the President of Hungary in the presence of the President of Lebanon, Beirut, 2004.

Premio alla carriera, presented by the City of Grottammare, Italy, 2005.

Member in the Order of Australia [AM]
Queen's Birthday Honours, 1999, presented by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace, November 1999.

Pro Cultura Hungarica Medal and Citation
presented by the Hungarian Minister of Culture at the Liszt Academy, Budapest, October 2000.

Reviews

Leslie Howard's pianoforte recital Nov. 14 was the best piano performance I've seen in Salt Lake City since his concert at the U four years ago. For two full hours Howard played pieces by three of his favorite, notoriously complex composers.


This attractive mix of repertoire leapt out of the listings: the daring of Beethoven's 'Eroica' Variations, the Faustian inspiration of Rachmaninov's First Piano Sonata, and a selection of Liszt's intriguing operatic paraphrases. Playing three of his favourite composers, Leslie Howard was in his element.