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Phillip James Classical Recital

Programme to include John Ireland’sSarnia: An Island Sequenceand works by Haydn & Rachmaninoff.

British pianist Phillip Leslie is known for his captivating playing and diverse programming. Praised for his sense of “culture and refinement” by the Liszt Society he has received considerable acclaim for his performances. He has been described by ESM as a “tour-de-force” and has performed extensively across the UK and Europe including recitals in Germany, Sweden, France, Italy & Spain. Notable concert engagements include performances at Salle Cortot, Steinway Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Castellon Auditorio & the Wigmore Hall. He made his ‘Emerging Artist’ debut recital at the Usher Hall during the 2023/24 season.

A prize winner of the Anton Rubinstein International Piano Competition in 2023, he recently won First Prize and ‘Best Interpretation of a Swedish work’ at the Gothenburg International Piano Competition in Sweden.

He is a laureate of the Liszt International Piano Competition (UK), EPTA Piano Competition, Vienna International Piano Competition, Jock Holden Mozart Prize and a finalist in the Beethoven Society of Europe Competition in 2021.Named a Park Lane Group Artist in 2018, he made his Southbank Centre debut in 2019 
with works by Knussen and Boulez. Phillip has been broadcast on BBC Radio playing works by Kenneth Leighton has performed for the BBC Philharmonic Chamber Recitals at the Bridgewater Hall. He has collaborated with orchestras including the Scottish Sinfonia and Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, conductors Neil Mantle, Dominic Peckham & Robert Baxter and has enjoyed festival appearances at Perth Festival, Hertfordshire Festival & Endellion Festival.

Next season will see the release of his debut album of Alan Rawsthorne & John McCabe piano works on Divine Art, John Ireland’s Piano Concerto under the baton of John Lubbock and recitals at the newly opened Bechstein Hall, London. Educated at Trinity Laban, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, RNCM & L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, he received the Weingarten Prize and Silver Medal Keyboard Award for his studies in London. His teachers have included Philip Fowke, Alexander Ardakov, Margaret Fingerhut, 
Kathryn Stott & Aaron Shorr. He currently teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.

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