Two recitals at Bath Spa University

Peter Donohoe will give two special recitals at Bath Spa University: on Wednesday, October 17 and again one week later on Wednesday, October 24. These recitals celebrate two anniversaries. Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 2 was composed 100 years ago, in 1912. This sonata will be part of the programme of the first recital. Secondly the first complete performance of Shostakovich’s Preludes & Fugues was given 60 years ago. These works will be part of both recitals. Both concerts will start at 7.30 p.m. and be played at the Michael Tippett Centre.


Gala Concert in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Chamber Music Society is proud to present a recital by Peter Donohoe on Sunday, October 14th at 3.00 p.m. This Gala Concert will open the BCMS 69th season. Peter will perform Schuberts Four Impromptus D. 935, Beethovens Sonata no.28 in A major op. 101, Chopins Polonaise fantasy in A flat major op.61 and Chopins Sonata no.3 in B minor op.58. This concert will be part of a weekend Piano Festival at Bournemouth University. More information can be found here.

Season opening and Shostakovich anniversary in Birmingham

Peter Donohoe is very proud to be the soloist with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the 1st performance of Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony. This concert also marks the opening of the Birmingham Symphony Hall's 2012 - 13 Season and takes place on October 2nd, exactly 70 years after the Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 was first played during the Siege of Leningrad. The program will feature Shostakovich's gigantic work alongside Rachmaninov's greatest Piano Concerto - the Third.

In 1942, the city of Leningrad was under siege

Rachmaninov in Belfast and Bolton

On September 15th 2012, the day after playing Rachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody with the Ulster Orchestra in the great Waterfront Concert Hall in Belfast, Peter Donohoe joins his colleague from student days, conductor Robert Chasey and his Bolton Symphony Orchestra in the excellent Albert Hall Bolton for a performance of Rachmaninov's Third Concerto. The Belfast concert is conducted by newly appointed music director Jo Ann Falletta and will be recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3. His third performance with the Bolton Symphony follows his appearances in recent years when he played

Desert Island Discs live @ BBC

In the summer of 1988 Peter Donohoe was the 'Castaway' (guest) on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs - one of BBCs longest-running programs, dating back to 1942. On Monday, September 3 2012, he will take part in a Henry Wood Promenade Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Desert Island Discs. He will play the first movement of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto - the first piece of classical music he ever got to know at the age of 5, and the piece he chose as his first for his desert island.
The concert is sold-out, although there may of

Recital @ Chopin Festival

Tonight, August 19th, Peter Donohoe will perform at the 53rd Chopin Festival in Marienbad (Czech Republic). The program:
F. Chopin: 2 Nocturnes, op. 62 / Polonaise-Fantasie, op. 61 / Berceuse, op. 57 / Ballade in F minor, op. 52
M. Ravel: Miroirs
C. Debussy: Masques / D'un Cahier d'Esquisses / L'Isle Joyeuse
O. Messiaen: Cantéyodjaya more info

OPUS ONE @ Fishguard International Music Festival

On Sunday 29 July at 14.30 Peter Donohoe will give a performance of his exclusive OPUS ONE recital program at the Fishguard International Music Festival in Wales, where he is former president and present artistic consultant.
The program, which Donohoe will be performing elsewhere in the coming months - is devoted to the first published works by six great composers, and provides a fascinating insight into the diversity, maturity and originality that distinguishes these composers. The composers are Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Bartók - representing in the Slavic tradition - and Schumann,

Peter Donohoe performing four concerts in Israel

Peter Donohoe looks forward very much to his first visit to Israel, to play Gershwin's Concerto in F with young Australian conductor Kynan Johns and the Israel Symphony Orchestra. The concerts will be on July 21-23 in the Rishon LeZion Performing Arts Centre in Heichal Hatarbut and on July 24 at theTel Aviv Opera House. More details you can find here.
He has undertaken to write about his impressions of the country for Norman Lebrecht's online arts magazine "Slipped Disc".