Murray Perahia

Biography

Born: April 19, 1947; USA  
In a field in which each season heralds the arrival of new "talents" who are soon forgotten, pianist Murray Perahia has remained a reliable and immensely gifted presence on the international scene for more than three decades. Perahia began his music studies at the age of five with lessons from Jeanette Haien, who remained his teacher until he was well into his teens. In 1964 Perahia entered the Mannes College of Music in New York, where he Read more studied composition and conducting; though both endeavors remained secondary to his career as a pianist, the latter proved particularly useful when, decades later, Perahia conducted and recorded a complete cycle of Mozart's piano concerti from the keyboard. Perahia pursued further piano studies with Artur Balsam and Mieczyslaw Horszowski. He also attended the Marlboro Festival in Vermont, which brought him into contact and collaboration with such artists as Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals, and the Budapest Quartet.

In 1968 Perahia made his Carnegie Hall debut to much acclaim, and his concert career blossomed in short order. He made headlines in 1972 by taking top honors at the prestigious Leeds Piano Competition, the first American to do so--and, no less, by unanimous decision. Perahia's success at Leeds led to his London recital debut at Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1973. Later that year he appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival, where he worked closely with the festival's founders, Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. After Britten's declining health made it impossible for him to continue as Pears' accompanist, Perahia became one of Pears' frequent and favorite recital partners. In 1975 Perahia shared with cellist Lynn Harrell the first Avery Fisher Prize, intended to aid in the development of the most promising American musical careers. In 1981 he was appointed co-artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival, a position he retained through 1989.

Perahia is often described as a "musician's musician," one who does not adopt a virtuoso persona but performs with a distinctive directness, without exaggerated or demonstrative gestures. His playing is clean and meticulous, his sound cool, transparent, sparkling, and exquisitely shaded. He is best known for his performances of Classical and early Romantic repertoire; from the late 1990s he developed an especial reputation as an interpreter of Bach. In 2000, his recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations was awarded two Grammy nominations for Best Classical Album and Best Instrumental Soloist.

Perahia's popularity has been sustained largely through his extensive catalogue of recordings. He signed an exclusive contract with CBS Masterworks in 1973 and has remained with that label through its corporate transformation into Sony Classics. His recordings have received numerous accolades, including multiple Grammies and Gramophone Awards for Instrumental Record of the Year. In addition to his Mozart concerto cycle, he has recorded all five Beethoven piano concerti with Bernard Haitink and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as Schumann's complete works for piano and orchestra. Read less
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    Claudio Abbado - The Complete RCA & Sony Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 304505 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Abbado,  Murray Perahia,  Anatoly Kotcherga,  Midori  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
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    Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos / Perahia, Marriner, ASMF [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3085294 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Solti: The Legacy, 1937-1997
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001777802 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Margaret Price,  Tito Gobbi,  Mirella Freni,  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Murray Perahia - The First 40 Years
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 191256 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Michael Cox,  Leonore Smith,  Kenneth Sillito  ... 
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia,  Bernard Haitink,  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Amadeus String Quartet members  ... 
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    Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Perahia
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 1914112 Release Date: 08/07/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Radu Lupu
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Mozart: Sonata K 448; Schubert: Fantasia / Perahia, Lupu
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7858112 Release Date: 09/20/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Radu Lupu
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    Franz Liszt - Master & Magician
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 775542 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 26
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Van Cliburn,  Byron Janis,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein,  Eugene Ormandy,  Fritz Reiner,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Murray Perahia Plays Bach Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 782429 Release Date: 07/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  David Miller,  Murray Perahia,  Jakob Lindberg,  Kenneth Sillito  ... 
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Murray Perahia Plays Bach Piano Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7742912 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  David Miller,  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Bach: English Suites Nos 1, 3 & 6 / Perahia
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 0602762 Release Date: 03/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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    Bach: English Suites Nos. 2, 4 & 5
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 0602772 Release Date: 03/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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    Brahms: Handel Variations Op. 24; Rhapsodies Op. 79; Piano Pieces Opp. 118 & 119 / Perahia
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7727252 Release Date: 11/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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    Brahms: Handel Variations Op. 24; Rhapsodies Op. 79; Piano Pieces Opp. 118 & 119 / Perahia
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 779469 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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    Immortal Beloved - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 760861 Release Date: 03/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Gidon Kremer,  Vinson Cole  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir G. Solti
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    Yo-Yo Ma - 30 Years Outside the Box
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 752307 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 90
    Composer:  Sandeep Das,  Traditional,  Kayhan Kalhor,  Zhou Long  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Gramley,  Kim Dong-Won,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Mark Suter  ... 
    Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya,  John T. Williams,  Ennio Morricone,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Qi Lin  ... 
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    Bach: Partitas No 1, 5 & 6 / Murray Perahia
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 744361 Release Date: 09/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 88697443612 Release Date: 09/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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    Classic Archive - Murray Perahia
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3085298 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op 14, 26 & 28 / Murray Perahia
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 732646 Release Date: 01/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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    Solti & Perahia: Bartok's Sonata For Two Pianos
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4403 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Sir Georg Solti,  Murray Perahia,  Evelyn Glennie,  David Corkhill
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    Bach: Goldberg Variations
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 806520 Release Date: 07/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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    Bach: Keyboard Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 4
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 806524 Release Date: 07/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  David Miller
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia
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    Claudio Abbado & The Berlin Philharmonic Vol 3
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 732537 Release Date: 07/01/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Robert Schumann,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Midori,  Murray Perahia,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Iris Vermillion  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 722695 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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    Bach: Partitas No 2, 3 & 4 / Murray Perahia
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 722697 Release Date: 03/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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