Peter Seivewright


The album ‘American Piano Sonatas’ is a finalist in The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL AWARD for the PERFORMANCE of AMERICAN MUSIC, PROFESSIONAL division, 2017-18.

Peter Seivewright was born in Skipton, England, in 1954. He studied music at Oxford and spent three years as a post-graduate student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying piano with Ryszard Bakst. As a student he was a frequent soloist with RNCM orchestras, receiving particular Press attention for his performance of Richard Rodney Bennett’s Piano Concerto.

Peter Seivewright has performed extensively as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Austria, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Denmark (eight recital tours), Latvia, Estonia, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Australia (four recital tours), China, India, Kuwait, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America and Russia. Notable successes in Europe include his recital on the opening night of the Heilbronn International Piano Forum, a recital which was enthusiastically reviewed in papers and journals in Germany and Italy, and his 1994 recital in the International Masters of the Keyboard series in Bruges, Belgium. One of the few British pianists ever to be invited to perform in this major European piano recital series, his performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Sonata were rapturously received with a prolonged standing ovation. Peter Seivewright has given recitals and concerto performances in the best-known Concert Halls of all the countries he has visited, including the Wagner Hall, Riga, Latvia; the National Concert Hall, Hanoi,Vietnam; the Melba Hall, Melbourne, Australia; the Aarhus Festival, Denmark; the Concert Hall of the Forbidden City, Beijing, China, the Philharmonic Hall, Arkhangelsk, Russia and the Bosendorfer-Saal in Vienna.

He has appeared as concerto soloist with a number of leading British orchestras, including the Hallé Orchestra, the Milton Keynes City Orchestra, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the Scottish Sinfonietta, the Strathclyde Sinfonia, Camerata Scotland, the Scottish Baroque Soloists, and the Paragon Ensemble, with whom he has appeared as a soloist on a number of occasions. In 1998 he gave the world première of the Piano Concerto by the Scottish composer Rory Boyle, with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Liepaja, Latvia, and in 2001 gave the première in the countries of the former Soviet Union of the Piano Concerto (1930) by the English Romantic composer John Ireland (1879-1962) with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Kazakhstan and their Russian conductor Tolepbergen Abdrashev, in the Philharmonic Hall, Almaty. In February 2003 he made his Russian Debut with the Archangelsk Philharmonic Society in North West Russia, and performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in Beijing, China on New Year’s Day 2006 with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. In October 2006, Peter Seivewright performed in India for the first time, playing J.S. Bach’s Piano Concerto in D minor with the Calcutta Chamber Orchestra in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Calcutta, during the 2006 ‘Baroque in Bengal’ Festival.

Peter Seivewright’s CD discography is extensive and includes: The Complete Piano Music of Carl Nielsen (2CDs – Naxos), Contemporary Scottish Piano Music, (Merlin), and the major piano works by the Danish Romantic composer Victor Bendix (Rondo Records, Copenhagen). Peter is working through a series of CDs for Divine Art featuring all of the Piano Sonatas of Baldassare Galuppi, the last great composer of the Venetian Republic (3 issued so far). In 2007 Divine Art released a double CD comprising the major piano works of the Danish composer Louis Glass (1864-1936).Other Divine Art recordings include a disc of Bach Piano Concertos and a critically acclaimed disc of American Piano Sonatas. Future recording plans include several more sets of American Piano Sonatas, more Bach and music by Reger and Cyril Scott.

From 2008 to 2011 Peter Seivewright was Professor of Music at the Academy for the Performing Arts at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, returning to the United Kingdom in the summer of 2011 to resume fulltime recording and concertising. In August 2009 he gave a highly successful concert performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto Number 1 with the Ho Chi Minh City Symphony Orchestra in the Opera House, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (see photograph below), and in October 2009 made his Vienna debut, performing a recital of music by J.S.Bach in the Bosendorfer-Saal. In October 2015 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Pianoforte at Ningbo University, China.