Scottish Pianist for Leeds Concert Festival


Highly regarded as a distinctive and vibrant musician, Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson performs at The Venue, Leeds College of Music on Tuesday 23 February as part of The Sonata: Leeds International Chamber Season 2015/16.

In this fifth performance in the series of six concerts all taking place on Tuesday nights at The Venue, Alasdair Beatson performs Schubert’s dramatic Piano Sonata No 14 and Six of Scarlatti’s Piano Sonatas which Alasdair describes as “jewel-like miniatures”. Alasdair also performs Scriabin’s sensual and ecstatic Piano Sonata No 5 and Janáček’s Piano Sonata 1 X 1905 From the Street which Alasdair describes as being “an outpouring of grief and anger at the violent death of a protestor in Brno”.

As one of the most established chamber pianists of his generation, Alasdair Beatson works in a wide and varied repertoire with some of today’s finest musicians. Recent festival appearances include Aldeburgh, Bath Mozartfest, Music at Plush, Resonances (Belgium), Ernen (Switzerland), Delft and Oxford Chamber Music. He is Artistic Director of the chamber music festival Musique à Marsac. Recent concerts include appearances as soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the Scottish Ensemble. Often attracted to less familiar repertoire, Alasdair’s approach to programming has been described as “canny and uncompromising” (Classical Source). Keen to collaborate directly with living composers, Alasdair has worked closely with George Benjamin, Harrison Birtwistle, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Heinz Holliger.


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