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 Lucy Parham

Acknowledged as one of Britain's finest pianists, Lucy Parham first came to public attention on winning the 1984 BBC Young Musician of the Year Piano Class, since when she has performed extensively throughout the UK and in Europe, South Africa, North America, and Russia. As soloist abroad she has appeared with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra at the Tchaikowsky Hall in Moscow, L'Orchestre Rencontres Suisse, Bergen Philharmonic, L'Orchestre National de Lille, and three UK tours with the Polish National Radio SO and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2002 she was the soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth on their six week fiftieth anniversary tour of the USA. In October 2003 she toured Mexico with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and has recently returned to the USA for recitals in Florida. 

Lucy Parham made a highly successful Wigmore Hall debut in 1989, and has since appeared regularly at all the major London venues and at many international festivals including Harrogate, City of London, Brighton, Newbury, Cardiff and Istanbul. As concerto soloist in the UK she has played with the London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Ulster Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Halle, Royal Scottish National, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with whom she has and also toured in the UK and Europe, and recorded for RPO Records and the new best-selling Here Come the Classics series.

In recent years, Lucy Parham has established herself as one of the leading interpreters of Robert and Clara Schumann. Her unique recording of their piano concertos, performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Cirrus, won the prestigious BBC Music Magazine "Critics' Choice of the Year." Her special interest in the Schumanns led to her being asked to present Composer of the Week on Radio 3, a features for Classic FM and the BBC World Service. Her other recordings include concertos by Ravel, Franck and Faure with the RPO for RPO Records, Rhapsody in Blue with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Barry Wordsworth for BBC Worldwide, and a solo Chopin disc for ABM. She has broadcast on ITV, BBC TV and BBC Radio 3, for whom she has also been a guest presenter for several programmes, including most recently, "CD Review" and "Building a Library."

Lucy Parham studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music where she won all the major prizes including the Gold Medal Rosebowl. Recent engagements have included concerts with the Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with whom she has recently recorded Rachmaninov, Tchaikowsky and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" for RPO Records/Imagination. Recent London engagements include concertos with the BBC Concert Orchestra (for Radio 3) and the RPO at the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall. Her concert in the Wigmore Hall Masters Series with actors Malcolm Sinclair and Eleanor Bron exploring the lives of Brahms, and Robert and Clara Schumann is now touring throughout the UK.

April 04

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