British pianist Paul Crossley in Algarve for two concerts

Distinguished British pianist Paul Crossley will be performing two concerts at Os Agostos country estate, located north of Santa Bárbara de Nexe, this month. On Tuesday, April 14, the artist will play music by Scarlatti, Schumann, Mompoù and Debussy, and on Thursday, April 16 by Franck, Mendelssohn, Liszt and Debussy.

Paul Crossley was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1944 and his musical journey began with the organ in Oxford’s Mansfield College. His first piano instruction was with Fanny Waterman, who later founded the Leeds International Piano Competition.

In 1967, Paul was discovered by Olivier Messiaen and his wife, Yvonne Loriod, and was awarded a scholarship to study in Paris under them.

In 1968 he won the first prize in the Messiaen Piano Competition. In 1973, Paul gave the world premiere of Tippett’s Piano Sonata No.3 in Bath and overnight achieved international recognition as one of the major pianists of our time.

Since then Paul Crossley has given world premieres of works by a number of important modern composers including Takemitsu, Henze, Lindberg, Adams and Tippett.

His discography of over 50 recordings include the complete solo works of Ravel, Debussy, Fauré, Franck, Janacek and other composers, and many of these won major recording awards.

Concerts, organised by the Amigos de Música, begin at 7.30pm sharp. Doors open at 6.30pm and wine, fruit juices and canapés will be served soon thereafter. Entry is €25 per person.

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