Kaija Saariaho: Balla
de for PianoYork Bowen: Sonata No 5 in F minor
Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana Op 16
Gabriel Fauré: Barcarolle No 4 in A flat major Op 44, Barcarolle No 5 in F sharp minor Op 66
Messiaen: Les sons impalpables du rêve (from Préludes)
The international acclaim that Danny Driver’s recordings and performances have generated over recent years has cemented his reputation as one of Britain’s most respected and versatile pianists. He has now earned three Gramophone Award nominations, a National Public Radio Top 10 Award and Limelight Magazine’s Instrumental Recording of the Year 2014 Award for his recording of Handel’s Eight Great Suites.
Recitals feature prominently in his career: he has appeared regularly at the Wigmore Hall and in venues across Europe, Asia and North America, playing repertoire from Bach to Adès. His 2016-17 schedule included the Southbank’s International Piano Series, Music Toronto, the Salle Bourgie (Montreal), the Musée de l’Orangerie (Paris), and performances of Ligeti’s Piano Études across the USA and Japan. He returns to the Wigmore for a solo recital next March, broadcast on Radio 3.
As a chamber musician, Danny has appeared at the Australian Chamber Music Festival, Bard Music Festival and Stockholm’s Festival O/Modernt. He collaborates regularly with violinist Chloë Hanslip: this year they have played the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas at Turner Sims Hall (recorded live and soon to be released), with Wigmore Hall concerts together both this July and next.
He has played concertos with orchestras all over the world including the OAE, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as well as appearances at the BBC Proms, most recently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Charles Dutoit. This season his RPO relationship continues with performances of Beethoven’s Concerto no.4.
Danny’s relationship with Hyperion Records has spawned an acclaimed discography of works by CPE Bach, Handel, Schumann, Balakirev and neglected British composers including York Bowen and Erik Chisholm. A second contribution to Hyperion’s epic Romantic Piano Concerto Series, featuring works by Amy Beach, Dorothy Howell and Cécile Chaminade with the BBCSSO, was released in March 2017.
“The Amy Beach Concerto…is a big, virtuoso vehicle demanding great endurance and a bravura technique…Driver surmounts these demands with real artistry and, in the lovely slow movement, immense sensitivity” Gramophone