Ian Hobson

Biography

Born: August 7, 1952; Wolverhampton, England  
Scholarly, personable, fastidious, and perceptive in matters of style, Ian Hobson achieved his reputation as a pianist able to do justice to music of many periods. His thoughtful pursuit of interesting repertory has transferred itself to his work as conductor. With his own Sinfonia da Camera, as well as with other leading chamber orchestras, Hobson has offered stimulating concerts, some of which have been preparatory to recordings for the company Read more he founded specifically to document both standard repertory and other works of unusual interest. As a long-standing music professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, he has made that school a center for exciting performance both during the regular academic year and as director of the Summer Music Festival.

After schooling at the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University, Hobson undertook further studies in the United States at Yale University. Among his distinguished teachers were Sidney Harrison, Claude Franck, and Menahem Pressler. Silver medals in the Artur Rubinstein and Vienna-Beethoven competitions preceded a first prize in the 1981 Leeds International Piano Competition. With that award, Hobson found himself fully launched on an international solo career. In addition to performing recitals, Hobson appeared with many of the world's major orchestras, including several in London, the Scottish National Orchestra (now the Royal Scottish National), the Halle, the Royal Liverpool Orchestra, the Orchester der Beethovenhalle, the ORD-Vienna, the New Zealand Symphony, and many of America's principal symphonic ensembles. His concerto repertory, aside from more customary fare, includes the concertos of Mendelssohn's mentor, Ignaz Moscheles, and Ignace Paderewski (works now recorded by the pianist), Clara Schumann, and Henry Holden Huss. For recitals, Hobson has included in his eclectic programming works such as Brahms' Variations for Piano, the Chopin-Godowsky etudes, Rachmaninov's Preludes and 17 Etudes-Tableaux, in addition to works written for him by contemporary composers, including Gardner, Lees, Liptak, and Ridout. Demand has grown for appearances that present Hobson as both conductor and soloist with such orchestras as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra of Israel, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and his own Sinfonia da Camera. Hobson also is heard with some frequency as a partner in duo piano and piano four-hands recitals with his wife, Claude Edrei Hobson. In addition to Hobson's many other activities, he has conducted opera. Espousing repertory from Pergolesi to Richard Strauss, he performed and recorded John Philip Sousa's El capitan in the world premiere of a new concert edition. The production, featuring the Sinfonia da Camera and a cast of young singers, was released on the Zephyr label in early 1998. Since he founded the ensemble in 1984, Hobson has attracted world-class artists to perform with the Sinfonia da Camera. Violinists Pamela Frank, Gil Shaham, Itzhak Perlman, Elmar Oliveira, and Pinchas Zukerman; pianists Michel Block, Charles Rosen, and Menahem Pressler; clarinetists David Shifrin and Richard Stoltzman; guitarist Christopher Parkening; and singers Marilyn Horne and Nathan Gunn are but a few who have appeared during the Sinfonia's annual concert series. Aside from an astonishingly active performance and teaching schedule, Hobson has served on competition juries. At the express wish of Van Cliburn, Hobson served as a juror for both the preliminary and final rounds of the 10th Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997. The following year, Hobson returned to Poland for the Artur Rubinstein Competition, this time multi-tasking as juror, recitalist, and orchestra conductor for the schedule's final round. Read less

Biography

Born: August 7, 1952; Wolverhampton, England  
Scholarly, personable, fastidious, and perceptive in matters of style, Ian Hobson achieved his reputation as a pianist able to do justice to music of many periods. His thoughtful pursuit of interesting repertory has transferred itself to his work as conductor. With his own Sinfonia da Camera, as well as with other leading chamber orchestras, Hobson has offered stimulating concerts, some of which have been preparatory to recordings for the company Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Theme: Andante con moto
Variation 1
Variation 2: Allegro moderato
Variation 3: Andante
Variation 4: L'istesso tempo
Variation 5: Allegro molto
Variation 6: Poco adagio
Variation 7: Allegro
Variation 8: L'istesso tempo
Variation 9
Variation 10: Molto andante
Variation 11: Un pochettino piu mosso
Variation 12: Poco piu mosso
Variation 13: L'istesso tempo
Variation 14: Molto moderato
Variation 15: Piu mosso
Variation 16: Allegro
Variation 17: Andante con moto
Variation 18: Molto andante
Variation 19: Quasi Waltz
Variation 20: Calmo
Fugue: Molto moderato
I. Tempo alla marcia, moderato
II. Fughetta: Andante
III. Molto andante, calmo, quasi sarabande
IV. Allegro molto
I. Moderato, con anima
II. Poco allegretto
III. Molto moderato (quasi adagio), attacca
IV. Moderato, con moto e pesante
I. Grave - Doppio movimento
II. Scherzo
III. Marche funebre: Lento
IV. Finale: Presto
No. 1 in C Major
No. 2 in A Minor
No. 3 in G Major
No. 4 in E Minor
No. 5 in D Major
No. 6 in B Minor
No. 7 in A Major
No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor
No. 9 in E Major
No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor
No. 11 in B Major
No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor
No. 13 in F-Sharp Major
No. 14 in E-Flat Minor
No. 15 in D-Flat Major, "Raindrop"
No. 16 in B-Flat Minor
No. 17 in A-Flat Major
No. 18 in F Minor
No. 19 in E-Flat Major
No. 20 in C Minor
No. 21 in B-Flat Major
No. 22 in G Minor
No. 23 in F Major
No. 24 in D Minor
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Menuetto o scherzo: Allegro molto
III. Andante espressivo
IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
Nocturne No. 9 in B Major, Op. 32, No. 1
Nocturne No. 10 in A-Flat Major, Op. 32, No. 2
Mazurka No. 22 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 33, No. 1
Mazurka No. 23 in D Major, Op. 33, No. 2
Mazurka No. 24 in C Major, Op. 33, No. 3
Mazurka No. 25 in B Minor, Op. 33, No. 4
Mazurka No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Mazurka No. 28 in B Major, Op. 41, No. 2
Mazurka No. 29 in A-Flat Major, Op. 41, No. 3
Mazurka No. 26 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 41, No. 4
Nocturne No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 37, No. 1
Nocturne No. 12 in G Major, Op. 37, No. 2
No. 13 in A-Flat Major, Op. 25, No. 1, "Harp Study"
No. 14 in F Minor, Op. 25, No. 2
No. 15 in F Major, Op. 25, No. 3
No. 16 in A Minor, Op. 25, No. 4
No. 17 in E Minor, Op. 25, No. 5
No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 25, No. 6
No. 19 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 25, No. 7
No. 20 in D-Flat Major, Op. 25, No. 8
No. 21 in G-Flat Major, Op. 25, No. 9, "Butterfly's Wings"
No. 22 in B Minor, Op. 25, No. 10
No. 23 in A Minor, Op. 25, No. 11, "Winter Wind"
No. 24 in C Minor, Op. 25, No. 12
Mazurka No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 6, No. 1
Mazurka No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 6, No. 2
Mazurka No. 3 in E Major, Op. 6, No. 3
Mazurka No. 4 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 6, No. 4
Nocturne No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 9, No. 1
Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2
Nocturne No. 3 in B Major, Op. 9, No. 3
Nocturne No. 4 in F Major, Op. 15, No. 1
Nocturne No. 5 in F-Sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2
Nocturne No. 6 in G Minor, Op. 15, No. 3
Mazurka No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 7, No. 1
Mazurka No. 6 in A Minor, Op. 7, No. 2
Mazurka No. 7 in F Minor, Op. 7, No. 3
Mazurka No. 8 in A-Flat Major, Op. 7, No. 4
I. Maestoso
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Romanza: Larghetto
III. Rondo: Vivace
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Menuetto
III. Larghetto
IV. Finale
Polonaise No. 8 in D Minor, Op. 71, No. 1
Polonaise No. 9 in B-Flat Major, Op. 71, No. 2
Polonaise No. 10 in F Minor, Op. 71, No. 3
No. 1 in D Major
No. 2 in G Minor
No. 3 in D-Flat Major
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante pensieroso ed espressivo
III. Con moto moderato
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro
Variation 1: Precedente
Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
Variation 3: L'istesso tempo
Variation 4: Piu vivo
Variation 5: Tempo precedente
Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
Variation 8: Tempo I
Variation 9: L'istesso tempo
Variation 10: Poco marcato
Variation 11: Moderato
Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto
Variation 13: Allegro
Variation 14: L'istesso tempo
Variation 15: Piu vivo scherzando
Variation 16. Allegretto
Variation 17: (Allegretto)
Variation 18: Andante cantabile
Variation 19: A tempo vivace
Variation 20: Un poco piu vivo
Variation 21: Un poco piu vivo
Variation 22: Un poco piu vivo (Alla breve)
Variation 23. L'istesso tempo
Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso
I. Moderato - Allegro
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Intermezzo: Adagio
III. Finale: Alla breve
No. 1. Le paon (The Peacock)
No. 3. Le cygne (The Swan)
No. 5. Le pintade (The Guinea-Fowl)
No. 1. Nanny
No. 2. Le charme
No. 3. Les papillons
No. 4. La derniere feuille
No. 5. Serenade italienne
No. 6. Hebe
No. 7. Le colibri
No. 1. Lay
No. 2. Ode
No. 3. Sonnet I
No. 4. Sonnet II
No. 5. Sonnet
No. 6. Hymn of Peace
I. Prelude: Allegro energico e pesante
II. Dirge: Andante moderato
III. Pastorale and Rustic Dances
IV. Fugue
I. Slowly, solemnly
II. Slowly - Tempo di valse
III. Quickly
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Adagio
III. Rondo: Allegro vivace


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