Ian Hobson – Wolverhampton-born – first hit the headlines in 1981, when he won first prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, then (and still now) only the second British musician to do so. A career as a touring soloist and recording artist then followed, with an anchor in North America, at the University of Illinois, where he taught for 40 years. His repertoire over the years has embraced not only the standard repertoire but also a number of works written for him and as well as music by composers from the neglected corners of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England and elsewhere. He began conducting in graduate school at Yale, and after studies at Aspen and Tanglewood founded his own chamber orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, in 1984.
He founded his own record label, Zephyr, in 1998, and there are now some 60 recordings in the Zephyr catalogue. He joined the Toccata Classics roster of artists in 2011, with the first volume in our complete Ernst series, and now appears on no fewer than thirteen Toccata Classics releases, with many more in the pipeline and under discussion, some of them projects of considerable ambition.
To open the evening, Ian will talk to Martin Anderson, founder of Toccata Classics, about the highlights of his career, and will then take to the keyboard to give an informal recital. So informal, indeed, that Ian will take requests from the floor: if there is a piece of Chopin, Brahms, etc., that you like to hear, ask Ian and he might just have it in his fingers for you. We hope you will then stay to meet Ian and take a glass of wine with us. Ian will be happy to sign copies of his recordings, of course.
The event is free, but please book your seats through EventBrite so that we can keep track of the numbers.
We are grateful to the Swedenborg Society for hosting this event. Find out more about this remarkable building and the organisation which supports it at their website. The Steinway concert piano chosen and hired by Ian Hobson for this performance is supplied and maintained by Steinway & Sons, London.