John Lill

Biography

Born: March 17, 1944; London, England  
John Lill is a British concert pianist who has scored important successes as a competition winner (sharing first prize in the 1970 Tchaikovsky International Competition), as a recitalist and soloist, and as a prolific recording artist.

Lill was born in London on March 17, 1944. He showed unusual talent on the piano as a child and at age nine gave his first concert. Two years later he enrolled at the Royal College of Music where he
Read more studied until 1964. Even during his student years he gave several memorable concerts, including his 1963 London debut, where he performed the Beethoven Fifth Piano Concerto ("The Emperor") at Royal Festival Hall. Earlier that same year he turned in a highly praised performance of the Rachmaninov Third Piano Concerto under Adrian Boult.

Lill made frequent trips to Positano, Italy, during his early career to study with German pianist Wilhelm Kempff. In 1969 Lill made his Carnegie Hall debut and the following year scored his greatest triumph, finishing in a tie with Vladimir Krainev for first prize in piano at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow.

Thereafter, Lill's career ignited, the pianist performing regularly throughout the world, eventually traveling to more than 40 countries. He has played with many of Europe's finest orchestras, including the St. Petersburg and Berlin Philharmonic, and with such major American ensembles as the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, the Boston Symphony, and New York Philharmonic. A similarly impressive roster of conductors could be mentioned. In 1975 British composer Malcolm Arnold paid tribute to Lill, composing his Fantasy on a Theme of John Field and dedicating it to the pianist.

Lill's accomplishments accrued quickly and were recognized in his homeland when he was awarded an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 1978. He was elevated a rank higher in 2005 when he was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE). Lill has recorded for a variety of important labels, including EMI (complete Beethoven piano concertos), ASV (complete Prokofiev and Beethoven sonatas), Nimbus (the Rachmaninov concertos), Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, and Conifer (Fantasy on a Theme of John Field).

On May 17, 2004, Lill gave a memorable concert to mark his 60th birthday at the Hampstead and Highgate Festival in London, playing a piece special to him, the Prokofiev Eighth Piano Sonata, completed in 1944, the year of Lill's birth. Read less
Rakhmaninov: Prelude In C Sharp Minor, Etc / John Lill
Release Date: 11/17/1998   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5575   Number of Discs: 1
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Rakhmaninov: Preludes Op 23 And 32 / John Lill
Release Date: 06/23/1998   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5555   Number of Discs: 1
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Rakhmaninov: Piano Concerto No 4, Etc / Lill, Otaka, Et Al
Release Date: 06/04/1996   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5478   Number of Discs: 1
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Rakhmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3, Etc / Lill, Otaka
Release Date: 06/26/2000   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5348   Number of Discs: 1
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Rakhmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Lill, Otaka, Bbc
Release Date: 06/01/1997   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5511   Number of Discs: 1
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Music / John Lill
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1331 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
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    Anniversary Series - Piano Collection
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 305 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  James Rhodes,  John Lill,  Jeremy Filsell,  Jill Crossland  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zoo Duet
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    The Essential Malcolm Arnold / Stephenson, Handley, Et Al
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51263 Release Date: 06/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold
    Performer:  Derek James,  John Lill,  David Nettle,  Richard Markham  ... 
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley,  Sir Malcolm Arnold,  Mark Stephenson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Grimethorpe Colliery Band,  London Musici
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  • 4.
    Ultimate Piano Concerto Collection (W/Cdrom) (Box)
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9098 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Evgeni Kissin,  Karin Lechner,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Eduardo Marturet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Israel Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Rough Guide To Classical Composers: Beethoven (With Bonus Cd: Beethoven's Mass In C Major)
    Label: Music Rough Guides   Catalog: 331242 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John Lill,  Edith Lienbacher,  Herwig Pecoraro,  Inga Nielson  ... 
    Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel,  Roger Norrington,  Michael Halász,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gaudier Ensemble
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    Rise Of The Masters: 100 Supreme Classical Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Jakob Lindberg,  Yoshikazu Mera,  Finghin Collins,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Conductor:  Nils-Erik Sparf,  Shigeo Genda,  Bohdan Warchal,  Masaaki Suzuki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble,  Bach Collegium Japan,  Arion Trio  ... 
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    The Historical Archives - Rudolf Barshai Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9010 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Performer:  Timofei Dokshitser,  John Lill,  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Mark Reshetin  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Rakhmaninov: The Piano Concertos / John Lill, Tadaaki Otaka
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1720 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 9.
    Essential Beethoven
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95445 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  James Morris,  Jeremy Menuhin,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Siegfried Rudolf Frese  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Kurt Sanderling,  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Rakhmaninov: Etudes Tableaux Op 33 & Op 39 / John Lill
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5439 Release Date: 08/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
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  • 11.
    Best Beethoven 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97307 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Eric Heidsieck,  Paul Tortelier,  Stephen Kovacevich,  Siegfried Rudolf Frese  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Riccardo Muti,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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  • 12.
    Haydn: Piano Sonatas / John Lill
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 97 Release Date: 07/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  John Lill
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  • 13.
    An Introduction To Ludwig Van Beethoven
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 2020 Release Date: 09/19/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John Lill
    Conductor:  Walter Weller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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    Brahms: Handel Variations, Intermezzi;  Schumann / John Lill
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 75 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  John Lill
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    Surround Yourself With Rachmaninov / Otaka, Lill
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 9003 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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    Rachmaninov: Great Works For Solo Piano / John Lill
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1736 Release Date: 04/03/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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    Meditations For All Seasons - Music For Spring, Summer, Etc
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1737 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Jacques Offenbach,  Michael Tippett,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Judith Hall,  Elinor Bennett,  John Anderson,  Martin Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Swierczewski,  Michael Tippett,  Simon Wright,  Jaime Laredo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  English Northern Philharmonia,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Beethoven: Overtures, Leonora No 3, Etc /Lill, Weller, Et Al
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6612 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John Lill
    Conductor:  Walter Weller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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    Rakhmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3, Etc / Lill, Otaka
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5348 Release Date: 06/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 20.
    Rakhmaninov: Prelude In C Sharp Minor, Etc / John Lill
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5575 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
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  • 21.
    Arnold: Symphony no 6, Fantasy / Handley, Royal PO
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 16847 Release Date: 08/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold
    Performer:  Derek James,  John Lill
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Rakhmaninov: Preludes Op 23 And 32 / John Lill
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5555 Release Date: 06/23/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
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  • 23.
    Rakhmaninov: Piano Concertos No 1 & 2 / Lill, Otaka, Bbc
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5511 Release Date: 06/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 24.
    Rakhmaninov: Piano Concerto No 4, Etc / Lill, Otaka, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5478 Release Date: 06/04/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  John Lill
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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  • 25.
    Beethoven: Complete Bagatelles / John Lill
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9201 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John Lill
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