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
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  • 1.
    British Piano Concertos
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2345 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Malcolm Williamson,  Alun Hoddinott,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Gerald Finzi  ... 
    Performer:  Malcolm Williamson,  Philip Fowke,  Malcolm Binns,  Peter Katin  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Dommett,  Barry Wordsworth,  Nicholas Braithwaite,  Vernon Handley  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Vaughan Williams: Complete EMI Recordings / Boult
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 35672 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Sheila Armstrong,  John Carol Case,  Norma Burrowes,  Hugh Bean  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Brahms: Piano Works / Peter Katin
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 24157 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Peter Katin
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    Rachmaninov: Complete Preludes / Peter Katin
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 110 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Peter Katin
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    Chopin: 16 Waltzes / Peter Katin
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 417045 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Peter Katin
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    Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Katin, Collins, Lpo
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 425504 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Peter Katin
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Chopin Favorites / Vered, Magaloff, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 417690 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ivan Davis,  Ilana Vered,  Joseph Cooper,  Julius Katchen  ... 
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    Vaughan Williams - The Collector's Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 06636 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Anonymous,  Traditional,  Henry Walford Davies
    Performer:  Norma Burrowes,  Ian Partridge,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Raimund Herincx  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Meredith Davies,  Sir Charles Groves,  Sir David Willcocks  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Schubert: Four Impromptus / Peter Katin
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 24112 Release Date: 02/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Katin
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    Finzi: Severn Rhapsody, Nocturne / Boult, Handley, Katin
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 239 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  Rodney Friend,  Peter Katin
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Mathias: Clarinet Concerto, Harp Concerto, Piano Concerto
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 325 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Mathias
    Performer:  Peter Katin,  Osian Ellis,  Gervase de Peyer
    Conductor:  David Atherton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Walton: Portsmouth Point, Etc. / Walton
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 224 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Peter Katin
    Conductor:  Sir William Walton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Peter Katin In Recital - Liszt & Brahms
    Label: Athene   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Peter Katin
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    British Composers - Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 574782 Release Date: 04/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Sheila Armstrong,  John Carol Case,  Peter Katin,  Helen Watts  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Meredith Davies,  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  Ambrosian Ladies Chorus  ... 
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    Chopin: Piano Works / Peter Katin
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 24116 Release Date: 08/19/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Peter Katin
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    Mendelssohn: Klavierkonzerte / Peter Katin, John Ogdon
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 452410 Release Date: 09/02/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Peter Katin,  Brenda Lucas,  John Ogdon,  John Odgon  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Schubert: Drei Klavierstucke D 946, Valses Nobles D 969, Moments Musicaux / Peter Katin
    Label: Athene   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 04/16/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Katin
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