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Peter Seivewright (Piano)

Born: July 11, 1954 - Skipton, North Yorkshire, England

The English pianist lecturer and educator, Robert Peter Seivewright, studied music at Worcester College. Oxford (BA., 1975) and then spent three years as a post-graduate student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (MA, 1981), studying piano with Ryszard Bakst (1976-1979). He obtained his FRCO Diploma in 1975. As a student he was a frequent soloist with RNCM orchestras, receiving particular Press attention for his performance of Richard Rodney Bennett's Piano Concerto.

Peter Seivewright has performed extensively as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Austria, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Denmark (eight recital tours), Latvia, Estonia, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Australia (four recital tours), China, India, Kuwait, Trinidad and Tobago, the USA and Russia. Notable successes in Europe include his recital on the opening night of the Heilbronn International Piano Forum, a recital which was enthusiastically reviewed in papers and journals in Germany and Italy, and his 1994 recital in the International Masters of the Keyboard series in Bruges, Belgium. One of the few British pianists ever to be invited to perform in this major European piano recital series, his performances of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) and Sergei Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Sonata were rapturously received with a prolonged standing ovation. In 1988 he performed the complete Messiaen 20 Regards Sur L'Enfant Jesus in Dublin, Cork and Glasgow. Seivewright has given recitals and concerto performances in the best-known Concert Halls and Festivals of all the countries he has visited, including the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (1983, 1984); Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark (1986); Aarhus Festival, Denmark (1986); Wagner Hall, Riga, Latvia; National Concert Hall, Hanoi,Vietnam; Melba Hall, Melbourne, Australia; Concert Hall of the Forbidden City, Beijing, China; Philharmonic Hall, Arkhangelsk, Russia; Bosendorfer-Saal in Vienna.

Peter Seivewright has appeared as concerto soloist with a number of leading British orchestras, including the Hallé Orchestra, Glasgow Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Bradford Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Sinfonietta, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Strathclyde Sinfonia, Camerata Scotland, Scottish Baroque Soloists, and Paragon Ensemble, with whom he has appeared as a soloist on a number of occasions. In 1998 he gave the world première of the Piano Concerto by the Scottish composer Rory Boyle, with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Liepaja, Latvia, and in 2001 gave the première in the countries of the former Soviet Union of the Piano Concerto (1930) by the English Romantic composer John Ireland (1879-1962) with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Kazakhstan and their Russian conductor Tolepbergen Abdrashev, at the Philharmonic Hall, Almaty. In June 2003 Seivewright gave the Celebrity Bach recital at the International Bach Academy in Boston, MA, USA. In February 2003 he made his Russian Debut with the Archangelsk Philharmonic Society in North West Russia, and performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in Beijing, China on New Year's Day 2006 with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. In October 2006, he performed in India for the first time, playing J.S. Bach's Piano Concerto in D minor (BWV 1052) with the Calcutta Chamber Orchestra in St. Paul's Cathedral, Calcutta, during the 2006 'Baroque in Bengal' Festival.

Peter Seivewright's CD discography is extensive and includes: Kemp's Nine Daies Wonder; Tintinnalogia; Piano Sonata; Contemporary British Piano Music recording (East Midlands Arts Association, 1986, Soloist Lambert); The Rio Grande with Scottish Sinfonietta (Linn Records, 1987); Contemporary Scottish Piano Music (Merlin Records, 1989); The Complete Piano Music of Carl Nielsen (2-CDís - Naxos), and the major piano works by the Danish Romantic composer Victor Bendix (Rondo Records, Copenhagen). Seivewright is working through a series of ten CDís for Divine Art featuring all of the 90 Piano Sonatas of Baldassare Galuppi, the last great composer of the Venetian Republic (3 issued so far). In 2007 Divine Art released a double CD comprising the major piano works of the Danish composer Louis Glass (1864-1936). Future recording plans with Divine Art include a recording of four Bach concertos with the Scottish Baroque Soloists, a disc of Romantic Piano Concertos, which will include those by Bendix and Hartmann, and new recordings of piano works of Max Reger, Martin Dalby, and William Gillies Whittaker. He has also recorded for BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 3, and Radio Denmark.

His compositions include: Jazz Intermezzo, for piano and brass band (1973); numerous arrangements of Christmas music for choir and orchestra for RSAMD Carol Concerts (1986-1989); String Quartet (1989); Trio for flute, oboe. and clarinet (1989).

Peter Seivewright was tutor at the University of Keele from 1979 to 1983; instructor in Music at the University of Leicester from 1980 to 84; lecturer in Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow since 1984. In 2008 he took up the post of Professor of Music at the Academy for the Performing Arts at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, retiring in 2011 to return to fulltime recording and concertising in the UK. In August 2009 he gave a highly successful concert performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Ho Chi Minh City Symphony Orchestra in the Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and in October 2009 made his Vienna debut, performing a recital of music by J.S. Bach in the Bosendorfer-Saal.

Source: International Who's Who in Music & Musicians' Directory (13th Edition, 1992/93); Divine Art Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2011)

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