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Gordon Fergus-Thompson (Piano)

Born: England

The English pianist, Gordon Fergus-Thompson made a sensational debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1976. Following that he firmly established himself as a major recitalist and concerto player, appearing as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest of the Hague, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and all of the BBC Symphony Orchestras, with such conductors as Evgeni Svetlanov, Jacek Kaspszyk, Sir Edward Downes, Helmut Müller-Brühl, Mosche Atzmon, David Atherton and Sir Charles Groves. He has played in most of the musical capitals of the world. He has given over two hundred broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and has toured extensively in the UK, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Australia and the Far East.

Further to his UK appearances this season (2006-2007), Gordon Fergus-Thompson embarks on tours of in Germany, Sweden, Spain and South America. He has recently returned from the USA where he made his third successful recital tour.

Gordon Fergus-Thompson's performing repertoire includes 45 concertos and a wealth of recital programmes embracing a period from J.S. Bach to Anton Webern. His main solo specialisations are Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, the French Impressionists, and the Russian Romantics - Balakirev, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninov.

Gordon Fergus-Thompson has recorded the complete works of Debussy and Ravel, and he will soon complete his marathon 8-CD set of the solo music of Scriabin for ASV. His award winning interpretations of French Impressionist and Russian Romantic music have been acclaimed throughout the European Press. He won the prestigious MRA Best Instrumental Recording of the year' award in successive years, namely 1991 and 1992, in the first instance for his outstanding complete works of Debussy, and in the second, for Volume 1 of the complete works of Scriabin.

In 1996 Gordon Fergus-Thompson was appointed Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music. He is much in demand as a lecture recitalist and also has given master-classes and lectures at the Royal College of Music and in all the major University Music Faculties in the UK, as well as in the USA, Australasia and the Far East.

Source: Sanctuary Classics Website; The Royal College of MusicWebsite
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (March 2007); Matthias Hansen (Photo - November 2007)

Gordon Fergus-Thompson: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

Links to other Sites

Sanctuary Classics - Artist Biographies: Gordon Fergus-Thompson, piano

The Royal College of Music: Gordon Fergus-Thompson

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