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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Written for William Howard, David Matthews's Piano Sonata draws on Howard's expertise as an interpreter of Schubert, while the 16 short sections of Powers's The Memory Room take the listener on a journey through five centuries of keyboard styles.


"I enjoyed encountering The Memory Room ... veering unpredictably between moments of Lisztian sparkle, Beethoven-like muscularity, nightclub jazziness and private meditation."

Classic CD 1994


Recording date: 14 January 1994

Recording venue: All Saints' Church, Petersham

Engineers: Andrew Hallifax, Geoffrey Miles
Producers: Colin Matthews, Hannah Taylor 
Editing & mastering: Emma Stocker

Cover photo: Ute Klaphake

(P) 1994 NMC Recordings Ltd

Faber Music
Oxford University Press
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Release Date:
1 November 1994