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Concert Pianist

Antony Peebles

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130 Roehampton Vale,
London SW15 3RX, UK
Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 208 788 0488

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".....has given solo recitals in - astonishingly
- 131 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES!"

Biography - Discography - Reviews - 131 Countries

"This artist is a visionary" Daily Telegraph

Biography

Antony Peebles was educated at Westminster School and - with an exhibition in music - at Trinity College Cambridge. After gaining his MusB there he studied piano with Peter Katin, receiving scholarships from various sources. He has also studied with Yvonne Lefebure (on a French Government scholarship) and Jeremy Siepmann.

In 1971 he won the BBC Piano Competition with a unanimous vote from the jury. Vlado Perlemuter, serving on the jury, announced that he had never heard Gaspard de la nuit played better. In the following year Mr Peebles won the Debussy Competition in France.

Since then he has maintained a very busy performing career. The main feature of this has been the remarkable amount of overseas touring it has entailed: Mr Peebles has now performed in, astonishingly, 131 different countries. The most recent additions to the list were Rwanda, Armenia and Libya in 2006.

At home in the UK he has played as concerto soloist with the following orchestras: London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Halle, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Welsh Symphony, City of London Sinfonia, etc..He broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and plays for music clubs up and down the country.

He has recorded 6 CDs for Meridian Records. These involve a CD of Ravel piano music, a CD of Liszt operatic fantasias, etc., and 4 CDs of songs transcribed for solo piano by Liszt, viz all 55 of the Schubert songs, all 12 of the Schumann songs and all 9 of the Mendelssohn songs that Liszt transcribed. The first of these Schubert CDs was voted 3rd Best Recording of the Month by 'Classic CD' Magazine.

"A very large technique...exceptional control" Times

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Discography

Ravel Piano Music (1991)

Liszt Fantasias derived from Operas (1994; reissued 2009)

Schubert Songs transcribed by Liszt vol.1 (1998)

Schubert Songs transcribed by Liszt vol. 2 (2001)

Schubert Songs transcribed by Liszt vol. 3 (2004)

Songs by Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann transcribed by Liszt (2007)

"A most unusual imaginative scope" Music and Musicians

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Reviews of CDs

BBC Music Magazine Sept. 1998 (reviewing Schubert vol. 1) "As his previous Meridian release of Liszt transcriptions showed, Antony Peebles is a gifted Lisztian, with an Arrau-like intensity of purpose and concern for detail. The present lingeringly thoughtful collection... - music largely of poignant, sad undercurrent - shows him to have a feeling for beauty of touch and tone equal to the best Schubert/Liszt masters."

Classic CD Dec 1998 (reviewing Schubert vol. 1) The CD is placed no 3 in their list of Best Recordings of the Month. "Peebles has all the instincts of a great lieder singer and the necessary technique to play Liszt's fiendishly difficult, though always idiomatic, pianism..... Antony Peebles playing is quite miraculously cantabile". The CD is summed up as a "disc of pure magic".

Hi-Fi News and Record Review Oct 1999 (reviewing Schubert vol. 1) awarded it 1* - which is their highest classification for performance.

Piano Journal Spring 2002 (reviewing both Schubert vols. 1 and 2) "....Antony Peebles' incomparable pair of CDs......Under Peebles' caressing touch, especially in volume 1, one forgets that these erstwhile songs have assumed a borrowed guise and accepts them as the reborn pianistic works of art which they are. Peebles' cantabile and legato throughout are lessons to today's pianists for whom these virtues are beginning to represent a lost art. Never are the garlands of figuration allowed to obscure the melodic line however inbedded in them they may be - which is what so often brings these transcriptions into disrepute. 'Auf dem wasser zu singen' may begin on water but soon develops into an amphibious flight of airborne virtuosity, while the halting 'Du bist die Ruh' recalls another age in its singing tone and expressive rubato. It is a masterclass, too, in Peebles' treatment of widely-spaced arpeggiations as in 'Am Meer' and 'Trockne Blumen', while those in 'Meerestille' have almost the roll of the mighty ocean itself. Peebles' pedalling, or its absence, deserves special praise - whether in the delicious opening leggiero of 'Hark, hark, the lark' or at the end of 'Kriegers Ahnung'.
And if we cannot have the Master himself (Liszt) taking us through these pieces, then we should be thankful that we have the next best thing in the person of Antony Peebles to do them justice!"

Pianist Feb/ March 2006 (reviewing Schubert vol 3) "...he is, on this disc alone, the perfect Schubert/ Lisztian ambassador. He has the requisite sensitivity, the beauty of tone (just listen to the chordal voicing in the opening of 'Gute Nacht') and the enviable Lisztian virtuosity ('Die Forelle', for instance) in abundance.......this disc is a very welcome addition to the Lisztian catalogue"

International Record Review March 2008 (reviewing Schubert vol 4 plus Mendelssohn and Schumann song transcriptions) “It is a mark of Peebles’s extraordinary achievement here that he manages to give Liszt his head - as witness especially the grand treatment meted out to ‘Der Jagers Abschied’ - while still maintaining an appropriately Mendelssohnian sense of scale. Yet the most effective transcriptions are those which retain the feel of the original songs, most especially ‘Sonntagslied’, which Peebles shapes with such rapt poetic sensitivity that one totally forgets it isn’t a piano original ……Schumann’s ‘Widmung’….ravishingly played by Peebles….It is testimony to his supreme achievement in this series that even when Liszt allows his natural enthusiasm for the music in hand to carry him away in pianistic terms, Peebles always manages to make it sound as though it has been conceived…..in the best possible taste. No matter what technical hoops Liszt has him leap through, Peebles above all focuses our attention on the music pure and simple, retaining his velvety sound-world and exquisite phrasing at all times”

International Piano March/April 2009“Fresh from the success of his Liszt-Schubert series for Meridian, Antony Peebles presents an opera-based programme of fantasias, illustrations, reminiscences and transcriptions. While in the lieder transcriptions Peebles did his best to imbue even Liszt’s most voluptuous flights of fancy with a chamber-scale sensitivity, here he throws caution to the winds, powering his way through the pyrotechnics of the two Donizetti ‘Lucrecia Borgia’ reminiscences with abandon. Yet he is careful to retain the music’s dignity, cosseting the more introspective moments in a gently seductive haze. This fine programme of revisited Bellini, Meyerbeer and Beethoven climaxes in Berlioz’s ‘March to the Scaffold’”

International Record Review June 2009  “Liszt’s opulent operatic transcriptions and fantasies seem to have gone out of fashion these days, but those seeking an introduction need look no further than this selection from Antony Peebles…..Peebles’s greatest strength lies in allowing the harmonic  structure to shine forth, with the virtuosic elements of which there are plenty being secondary to the drama of the original. This less extrovert approach would doubtless have appealed to the composers on whose works these are based. Peebles brings clarity to every element, with passagework clearly articulated, avoiding any muddying of the textures with the sustaining pedal. The recording is close, capturing all the virtuosic and colouristic detail.”

"Antony Peebles' playing is quite miraculously cantabile" Classic CD Magazine

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.........and those 131 Countries

1 Afghanistan 5/77; 2/79; 3/04; 4/06;
2 Algeria 9/91; 4/93;
3 Angola 5/80; 9/89; 3/00;
4 Anguilla 4/95; 12/09
5 Antigua 4/95;
6 Argentina 5/98;
7 Armenia 12/06;
8 Australia 6-7/77; 3/79; 3-4/82; 5/85; 3-4/88; 4-5/91; 2-3/94; 6-7/97; 3-4/99; 4/01; 3/03; 11/03; 4/05; 2-3/06; 2/07; 2/08; 2-3/09; 3/10;
9 Austria 2/82;
10 Azerbaijan 6/96; 9/97;
11 Bahamas 4/81; 1/87; 4/95; 10/99;
12 Bahrain 4/79; 5/82; 5/83; 11/83; 4/86; 3/87; 2/88; 2/89; 2/90; 6/91; 10/92; 4/94; 11/94; 2/95; 11/95; 6/96; 2/97; 6/97; 2/98; 0/99; 2/01; 1/02; 3/03; 2/04; 5/05; 5/07; 2/09;
13 Bangladesh 8/77; 2/79; 2/82; 4/82; 11/83; 10/95; 4/09;
14 Barbados 4/81; 8/87; 3/92;
15 Belgium 5/77;
16 Belize 9/87; 9/89; 3/92; 4/95; 11/02; 10/03;
17 Bermuda 6/74; 10/75;
18 Bolivia 4/81; 8/84; 9/89; 3/92; 5/95; 5/98; 10/01; 7/05; 10/07;
19 Botswana 3/78; 4/80; 2/94; 5/96; 10/99; 5/09;
20 Brazil 5/98;
21 British Virgin Islands 5/98; 11/00;
22 Brunei 6/77; 4/79; 4/82; 3/86; 1/89; 6/91; 2/97; 2/01; 3/05;
23 Burma 2/79; 2/82; 4/86; 10/95; 2/97; 1/02;
24 Cameroon 5/80; 4/92; 2/05;
25 Canada 3/84; 10/02;
26 Cayman Islands 9/84; 9/87; 5/98;
27 Chile 11/02;
28 China 2/00;
29 Colombia 3/81; 9/84; 9/87; 9/89; 3/92; 5/98; 11/07; 12/09;
30 Congo (Rep) 4/90;
31 Congo (former Zaire) 3/78; 5/80; 4/83; 11/86; 9/89; 5/09;
32 Costa Rica 9/85; 9/87;
33 Cuba 9/85; 9/87; 11/07;
34 Cyprus (Greek) 9/75;4/77; 5/79; 3/80; 12/83; 3/87; 2/90;
35 Cyprus (Turkish) 4/77; 5/79; 3/80; 3/87;
36 Denmark 11/94;
37 Ecuador 4/81; 3/92; 4/95; 10/00; 10/03; 6/05; 11/07; 12/09;
38 Egypt 3/87;
39 Eire 10/74; 3/76;
40 El Salvador 5/98; 11/02;
41 Ethiopia 2/87; 3/90; 6/96; 3/02; 2/04;
42 France 6/72; 6/81;
43 Gabon 5/80; 4/83; 11/86; 9/89; 4/90;
44 The Gambia 6/80; 4/83; 11/86; 4/90; 4/96;
45 Georgia 6/96; 12/06;
46 Germany 4/78;
47 Ghana 3/78; 5/80; 5/05;
48 Greece 4/78; 3/80; 2/82; 12/83; 5/94; 5/96;
49 Guatemala 4/95; 11/00; 11/02; 6/05; 11/07;
50 Guyana 4/95;
51 Holland 6/89;
52 Honduras 9/87; 11/02; 10/03;
53 Hong Kong 10/74; 4/79; 10/82; 3/99; 2/00; 2/02; 3/06;
54 India 5/77; 8/77; 2/79; 4/79; 5/82; 11/83; 4/86; 2/90; 10/92; 3/93; 12/04; 3/05; 12/06;
55 Indonesia 6/77; 3/82; 5/85; 3/86; 5/88; 4/94; 3/10;
56 Iran 9/75; 5/77; 12/92;
57 Iraq 4/77; 5/82; 3/87; 2/88; 2/90; 3/04;
58 Italy 5/82; 12/83;
59 Ivory Coast 6/80; 4/96; 12/99;
60 Jamaica 4/81; 9/87; 9/89; 3/92; 4/95; 5/98; 11/00; 10/03;
61 Japan 11/03;
62 Jordan 9/75; 3/77; 1/79; 2/88; 6/91; 3/06;
63 Kenya 4/78; 4/80; 2/87; 3/90; 6/96; 9/99; 3/02; 2/04; 6/06; 5/09;
64 Korea 4/82; 4/85; 2/89; 2/97;
65 Kuwait 9/75; 4/77; 4/79; 5/82; 3/87; 9/97; 2/00; 2/04; 5/05; 5/07;
66 Lebanon 5/79; 3/80; 5/82; 11/83; 6/91;
67 Libya 12/06; 1/09; 1/10;
68 Macau 10/74;
69 Malawi 3/78; 4/80; 4/83; 2/87; 3/90; 6/96; 3/02; 1/04; 6/06;
70 Malaysia (West) 5/77; 3/79; 4/82; 3/86; 6/97; 7/97; 2/98; 4/99; 3/00; 3/01; 2/02;
71 Malta 3/77; 6/02;
72 Mauritius 6/72; 5/80; 4/90; 5/01; 2/04;
73 Mexico 3/81; 3/83; 11/00; 11/02;
74 Morocco 6/80; 11/86;
75 Mozambique 5/96; 10/99;
76 Namibia 2/94;
77 Nepal 8/77; 2/79; 4/86; 10/95; 5/05;
78 New Zealand 7/77; 3/79; 3/82; 5/85; 4/88; 4/91; 3/94; 7/97; 4/99; 4/01; 3/03; 11/03; 4/05; 2/06; 3/07; 3/09; 3/10;
79 Nicaragua 4/95;
80 Nigeria 3/78; 5/80; 3/83; 11/86;
81 Norway 1/82;
82 Oman 9/75; 5/77; 4/79; 4/86; 3/88; 10/92/ 4/93; 12/94; 11/95; 6/96; 2/97; 9/97; 3/03; 4/05;
83 Pakistan 5/77; 2/82; 3/88; 11/95; 9/97; 5/07; 5/09;
84 Panama 3/81; 9/84; 9/87; 5/98; 10/00;
85 Papua New Guinea 3/79; 5/85; 5/91; 6/97; 3/99; 3/01;
86 Paraguay 4/81; 8/84; 9/89; 3/92; 5/98; 11/02;
87 Peru 4/81; 8/84; 3/92; 7/05; 10-11/07; 12/09;
88 Philippines 3/82; 1/89; 2/00;
89 Poland 11/73; 4/78;
90 Portugal 11/86;
91 Qatar 4/79; 5/82; 5/83; 3/87; 2/88; 2/89; 6/91; 10/92; 5/94; 11/94; 3/03; 5/07;
92 Rwanda 6/06;
93 Sabah 4/82; 3/86; 1/89; 6/91; 2/98; 3/00;
94 Saint Lucia 3/95; 11/00;
95 Sarawak 6/77; 4/82; 3/86; 1/89; 4/94; 2/97; 3/01; 3/03; 3/05;
96 Saudi Arabia 2/79; 2/82; 5/83/ 2/90; 10/92; 11/94; 6/96; 10/99; 1/02; 2/04; 5/05;
97 Senegal 2/78; 6/80; 3/83; 4/96; 12/99; 2/05; 2/08;
98 Seychelles 5/80; 2/87; 3/90;
99 Sierra Leone 3/78; 6/80; 11/86; 4/96; 2/05;
100 Singapore 6/77; 3/79; 4/79; 3/82; 5/88; 3/00; 3/01; 3/03; 2/04;
101 Solomon Islands 5/85;
102 Somalia 3/90;
103 South Africa 3/78; 4/80; 2/87; 4/92; 2/94; 5/96; 10/99; 3/00; 3/02;
104 Spain 4/92;
105 Sri Lanka 9/75; 5/77; 2/89; 2/01; 2/04;
106 Sudan 4/78; 4/80; 3/90; 12/06;
107 Swaziland 4/80; 8/83;
108 Sweden 10/93;
109 Switzerland 3/77; 2/78; 5/79; 6/82; 4/86;
110 Syria 4/77; 5/79; 5/82; 6/91; 12/93;
111 Tanzania 5/80; 5/83; 10/99;
112 Taiwan 2/98; 3/00;
113 Thailand 8/77; 4/86; 2/89; 10/95; 3/98; 1/02; 5/07;
114 Trinidad 4/81; 4/95; 5/98;
115 Tunisia 6/02; 12/06;
116 Turkey 9/75; 3/77; 1/79;
117 Turkmenistan 9/97; 12/04; 11/06;
118 UAE 9/75; 4/77; 4/79; 5/82; 10/82; 5/83/ 11/83; 4/86; 3/87; 3/88; 4/93; 5/94; 11/94; 6/96; 2/98; 1/99; 4/01; 1/02; 3/03; 2/04; 3/04; 5/07; 4/10;
119 Uganda 3/02; 2/04;
120 Uruguay 10/00; 11/05;
121 UK .........m a n y .................
122 USA 4/81; 3/83; 1/00; 3/04; 6/08;
123 US Virgin Islands 11/00;
124 Uzbekistan 12/04;
125 Vanuatu 4/91;
126 Venezuela 9/85;
127 West Bank 3/80; 5/82;
128 Yemen 1/87; 6/96;
129 Yugoslavia 3/77; 1/79;
130 Zambia 4/78; 4/80; 4/83; 10/86; 4/92; 6/96; 9/99; 3/02;
131 Zimbabwe 4/83; 10/86;

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