Howard, William

William Howard is established as one of Britain’s leading pianists, enjoying a career that has taken him to over 40 different countries. His performing life consists of solo recitals, concerto performances, guest appearances with chamber ensembles and instrumentalists, and regular touring with the Schubert Ensemble of London, Britain’s leading group for piano and strings and winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble.
His solo career has taken him to many of Britain’s most important festivals, including Bath, Brighton and Cheltenham, and he has been artist in residence at several others. He has performed many times in the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank in London and has broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 3. For many years he has been invited to perform and teach at the Dartington International Summer School.
He is passionate about 19th century piano repertoire, especially Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Fauré. He also has a strong interest in Czech piano music, and has been particularly acclaimed for his performance of Janáček, for which he received a medal from the Czech Minister of Culture in 1986. Many leading composers of the present day have written for him, including, Sally Beamish, Petr Eben, Piers Hellawell, David Matthews, Pavel Novák, Anthony Powers, Howard Skempton and Judith Weir.
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William Howard and the Schubert Ensemble in Martin Butler's piano quintet American Rounds, and other chamber music, plus Funerailles - Butler's major new work for solo piano - and arrangements of two Scarlatti sonatas.


"Charm, wit, unpretentiousness - these are not qualities that prevail in much new music that finds its way onto record, but prevail they do in the chamber pieces by Martin Butler featured on his album 'American Rounds'. The enjoyable title work ... gives the lowdown on hoe-down, taking an amused and amusing look at folksy clichés and their perpetrators, from Aaron Copland to John Adams, but doing so entirely without cynicism."
Paul Griffiths, Words and Music


Recording date: 8-10 June 2006

Recording venue: Champs Hill, West Sussex

Engineer / Producer: David Lefeber 
Editing & mastering: David Lefeber

Cover image: Francois Hall

(P) 2007 NMC Recordings Ltd

Oxford University Press
Catalogue number:
NMC D120
Release Date:
14 May 2007