Soloists » Danny Driver, piano

Danny DriverDanny Driver continues to attract attention around the world with acclaimed performances and a series of imaginative recordings on the Hyperion Records label. Forthcoming engagements include début performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Barbican Centre and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall (Beethoven ‘Emperor’ Concerto), returns to the Wigmore Hall’s London Pianoforte Series, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall Midday Concert Series, the Orchestra of Opera North and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as three performances at the Leeds International Concert Season Chamber Series.

Recent concerto engagements have included his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Concert Orchestra and performances with the Minnesota Orchestra (Tchaikovsky), American Symphony

Orchestra (Saint-Saëns), Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (Prokofiev), and the Orchestra of Opera North (Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff), with conductors including Andrew Litton, Richard Farnes, Leon Botstein, and Bramwell Tovey. Danny Driver has also recorded twice with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Rory Macdonald and Martyn Brabbins.

In recital, Danny Driver recently performed J S Bach, Chopin, György Ligeti and Beethoven at London’s Wigmore Hall, also appearing at the Houston International Piano Festival, Musical Arts Society of New Orleans (USA), the English Music Festival (UK), and the Husum Festival of Piano Rarities (Germany). As a chamber musician he has performed at the Australian Chamber Music Festival, Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival (New Orleans), and Bard Music Festival (New York), also frequently partnering colleagues such as violinist Chloë Hanslip, ‘cellist Oliver Coates, and baritone Christian Immler. Danny Driver’s interest in new music has taken him to a mini-series at King’s Place exploring the piano music of Ligeti, and also a performance of Thomas Adès’ Lieux retrouvés at the Southbank Centre’s Harmonic Series.

As a Hyperion recording artist, Danny Driver has garnered consistent international acclaim for his recordings, including a 2010 Gramophone Award Nomination for his double-disc of York Bowen’s six Piano Sonatas. His subsequent recording of CPE Bach Keyboard Sonatas was selected by National Public Radio (USA) as one of the Top Ten Classical CDs of 2010, as well as being singled out by Gramophone Magazine (Editor’s Choice), International Piano Magazine, and the Daily Telegraph (five stars). His recording of Scottish composer Erik Chisholm’s Piano Concertos (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conductor Rory Macdonald) was released in 2012 and selected by BBC Music Magazine as Orchestral Disc of the Month.

Danny Driver trained with Alexander Kelly and Piers Lane whilst simultaneously gaining a first class degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. He was subsequently the recipient of a Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and of an Associated Board Scholarship for postgraduate study with Irina Zaritskaya at the Royal College of Music in London. He completed his studies privately with Maria Curcio.