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Leon McCawley

Leon McCawley

One of today’s most impeccably musical pianists.

International Piano

None can surpass McCawley in his thoughtfulness of approach and his ability to make himself as one with an instrument new to him.

Birmingham Post

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  • Leon McCawley - Piano


2024 Programme

Haydn: Sonata No. 34 in D major Hob. XVI/33

Tchaikovsky: Song of the Lark & Autumn Song from The Seasons Op. 37a

Prokofiev: Sonata No 2 in D minor Op. 14


Chopin: Impromptu in A flat major Op. 29

Schubert : Four Impromptus D 935

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Praised for his unfailingly communicative playing, British pianist Leon McCawley won first prize in the 1993 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna and second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition the same year.

Notable recitals in past seasons include: London Piano Series at Wigmore Hall, International Piano Series at London's Southbank Centre, New York's Lincoln Center, Hong Kong Arts Festival Singapore International Piano Festival and Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm. He can be frequently heard on BBC Radio 3 both in performance and interview with recent broadcasts including In Tune, Wigmore Hall Lunchtime Series and Performance on 3.

As a concerto soloist, Leon performs with many of the leading British orchestras. He made his sixth appearance at BBC Proms in August 2019 performing John Ireland's Piano Concerto with BBC Concert Orchestra/Bramwell Tovey. Further afield, McCawley has made concerto appearances with, amongst others, Cincinnati, Dallas, RTÉ National and St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestras, Malaysian and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestras and Philadelphia Orchestra.

Leon studied at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester with Heather Slade-Lipkin before continuing his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia with Eleanor Sokoloff. He also received invaluable guidance from Nina Milkina in London.

McCawley's award-winning discography includes: Schumann Piano Music (Avie Records); The Complete Piano Works of Hans Gál (Avie); The Complete Mozart Piano Sonatas (Avie); Barber Piano Music (SOMM); Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with Royal Philharmonic and City of London Choir/Hilary Davan Wetton (Naxos); Brahms Piano Music (SOMM); four volumes of Haydn Sonatas (SOMM); and Schubert Piano Works (SOMM).

Leon McCawley is professor of piano at London's Royal College of Music. He is married to the painter Anna Hyunsook Paik.