Peter Katin

Biography

Born: November 14, 1930; London, England  
Although his early career seemed centered on Mozart and Beethoven, pianist Peter Katin became known as a great interpreter of Romantic keyboard literature, which he played with a serene warmth and big tone. He started playing when he was four years old. He had been studying privately with Harold Craxton before he was granted early admission to study with Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 12, rather than the normal age of 16. He Read more also credits Clifford Curzon, Claudio Arrau, and Myra Hess as being great influences in his musical life: "...I learned more in three long afternoons than I ever learned anywhere else." He gave his debut recital, a program that ranged from Scarlatti to Scriabin, at Wigmore Hall in 1948. His first concerto performance was Beethoven's Concerto No. 4 with the London Symphony in 1951. Enthusiastic critical response led to many more orchestral engagements, most featuring Romantic concertos, beginning with the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 for his first appearance at the Proms in 1952 and Rachmaninov's Concerto No. 3 for his second the next year. Christopher Seaman, Paavo Berglund, George Cleve, and Owain Arwel Hughes are just a few of the conductors he worked with in his career. In the late '60s, Katin undertook more comprehensive study of certain composers, such as Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Liszt, and Grieg, often presenting recitals comprising a single composer's works. His diligent study also led to his writing his own program notes and recording performances on historical instruments, such as one Chopin used on his last visit to London. Most of his recordings are of the solo piano works of those composers he studied. His career as a soloist gave him few opportunities to perform with others, although in the 1970s he did accompany Victoria de Los Angeles in three recitals, and he did form a piano trio in 1997. He taught privately in addition to holding positions at the Royal Academy of Music (1956-1959), the University of Western Ontario (1978-1984), and the Royal Conservatory of Music since 1992. His students included Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Howard Shelley, and Philip Fowke. In 1998 he was able to relive his debut recital, 50 years later to the day, at Wigmore with a very simliar program. Read less
Rachmaninov: Complete Preludes / Peter Katin
Release Date: 03/13/2012   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 110   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Piano Works / Peter Katin
Release Date: 04/10/2012   Label: Divine Art  
Catalog: 24157   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Piano Works / Peter Katin
Release Date: 08/19/1997   Label: Divine Art  
Catalog: 24116   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Four Impromptus / Peter Katin
Release Date: 02/19/2008   Label: Divine Art  
Catalog: 24112   Number of Discs: 1
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Born: November 14, 1930; London, England  
Although his early career seemed centered on Mozart and Beethoven, pianist Peter Katin became known as a great interpreter of Romantic keyboard literature, which he played with a serene warmth and big tone. He started playing when he was four years old. He had been studying privately with Harold Craxton before he was granted early admission to study with Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 12, rather than the normal age of 16. He Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
No. 1. Capriccio in D minor
No. 2. Intermezzo in A minor
No. 3. Capriccio in G minor
No. 4. Intermezzo in E major
No. 5. Intermezzo in E minor
No. 6. Intermezzo in E major
No. 7. Capriccio in D minor
No. 1 in E flat major
No. 2 in B flat minor
No. 3 in C sharp minor
No. 1 in B minor
No. 2 in G minor
Aria
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
Variation 8
Variation 9
Variation 10
Variation 11
Variation 12
Variation 13
Variation 14
Variation 15
Variation 16
Variation 17
Variation 18
Variation 19
Variation 20
Variation 21
Variation 22
Variation 23
Variation 24
Variation 25
Fugue
No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor: Largo
No. 2 in B-Flat Major: Maestoso
No. 3 in D Minor: Tempo di minuetto
No. 4 in D Major: Andante cantabile
No. 5 in G Minor: Alla marcia
No. 6 in E-Flat Major: Andante
No. 7 in C Minor: Allegro
No. 8 in A-Flat Major: Allegro vivace
No. 9 in E-Flat Minor: Presto
No. 10 in G-Flat Major: Largo
No. 1 in C Major: Allegro vivace
No. 2 in B-Flat Minor: Allegretto
No. 3 in E Major: Allegro vivace
No. 4 in E Minor: Allegro con brio
No. 5 in G Major: Moderato
No. 6 in F Minor: Allegro appassionato
No. 7 in F Major: Moderato
No. 8 in A Minor: Vivo
No. 9 in A Major: Allegro moderato
No. 10 in B Minor: Lento
No. 11 in B Major: Allegretto
No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor: Allegro
No. 13 in D-Flat Major: Grave - Allegro
No. 1 in E flat minor
No. 2 in E flat major
No. 3 in C major
Valse No. 1 in C major
Valse No. 2 in A major
Valse No. 3 in C major
Valse No. 4 in G major
Valse No. 5 in A minor
Valse No. 6 in C major
Valse No. 7 in E major
Valse No. 8 in A major
Valse No. 9 in A minor
Valse No. 10 in F major
Valse No. 11 in C major
Valse No. 12 in C major
No. 1 in C major: Moderato
No. 2 in A flat major: Andantino
No. 3 in F minor: Allegro moderato
No. 4 in C sharp minor: Moderato
No. 5 in F minor: Allegro vivace
No. 6 in A flat major: Allegretto


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