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Murray McLachlan

Murray McLachlan is a fine pianist with a superb technique

American Record Guide

Murray McLachlan is a pianist with a virtuoso technique and a sure sense of line. His timing and phrasing are impeccable, and his tone-full but unforced in the powerful passages, gentle and restrained in the more lyrical- is a perpetual delight

BBC Music Magazine

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Instrumentation

  • Murray McLachlan - Piano

Repertoire

Wide range of repertoire includes 25 programmes from Bach to present day with emphasis on all the major sonatas of Beethoven and the romantics. Also includes music by living Scottish composers including John McLeod and Ronald Stevenson

Biography

Since making his professional debut in 1986 at the age of 21 under the baton of Sir Alexander Gibson, Murray McLachlan has consistently received outstanding critical acclaim. He has been a popular and successful touring artist in Scotland for over thirty years. His recording career began in 1988 and immediately attracted international attention. Recordings of contemporary music have won numerous accolades, including full star ratings, as well as ‘rosette' and ‘key recording' status in the Penguin Guide to CDs, and ‘Disc of the month' and ‘Record of the month ‘in ‘Music on the web' and ‘The Herald'. McLachlan's discography now includes over forty commercial recordings.

McLachlan's repertoire includes over 40 concertos and 25 recital programmes. He has performed the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle four times, as well as the complete piano music of Brahms. He has given first performances of works by many composers, including Martin Butler, Ronald Stevenson, Charles Camilleri, Michael Parkin and even Beethoven! He has appeared as soloist with most of the leading UK orchestras. His recognition has been far-reaching, bringing invitations to perform on all five continents. At the same time he continues to give numerous concerts and master classes in the UK.

Murray McLachlan is editor of ‘Piano Professional' Magazine, as well as Chair of the UK section of the European Piano Teachers' Association (EPTA UK). As well as performing and teaching, he is well known internationally for his numerous articles on Piano technique and repertoire. This includes extended columns which have appeared in ‘International Piano' ‘Pianist' and ‘Piano' Magazines. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Dundee for outstanding services to music and education. This follows on from a knighthood awarded in 1997 by the Order of St John of Jerusalem in recognition of his services to music in Malta.

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