Peter Katin – Remembering a keyboard genius

We fondly remember the remarkable pianist Peter Katin this month on the two year anniversary of his death.

Peter Katin was admitted to the senior department of the Royal Academy of Music when he was twelve, four years before the official age of entry. He went on to become “among the leading British virtuosos, on a plane with Solomon and Clifford Curzon” (Audiophile Audition) and the Daily Telegraph said his playing has the ability to transcend fashion. He debuted at the Wigmore Hall in 1948 at the age of 18, returning in 1998 for a 50th anniversary performance, and had a long teaching and performance career that took him throughout the world.

His discography has reached some forty recordings, mainly for Decca for whom he was one of their top star artists. But among them are two albums he privately released as a retrospective of his career: Peter Katin Plays Chopin and Fifty Years of Music Making were limited releases, not available in stores. These two albums are “a feast for Katin admirers” (MusicWeb) and the perfect introduction into a pianist whose repertoire was extensive. We are offering each CD for half price this month! Little known to most admirers he also made three recordings on period square pianos, for our Athene label; all of his Divine Art titles are here.