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John Fisher (piano) plays Wagner, Chopin, Brahms and Balakirev

Wednesday July 11, 2018 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Liebestod from 'Tristan und Isolde' S 447 - Richard Wagner, transcribed by Franz Liszt
  2. Excerpts, from 12 Études Op 10 - Fryderyk Chopin
  3. Excerpts, from 12 Études Op 25 - Fryderyk Chopin
  4. Book 1, from Variations on a theme by Paganini Op 35 - Johannes Brahms
  5. 'Islamey' Oriental Fantasy - Mily Balakirev

John Granger Fisher has established himself as one of Australia’s leading concert pianists. John has won numerous Australian piano competitions and awards. He is also a winner of UK, US and international prizes. John was unanimously awarded the Royal College of Music Gold Medal for piano – the Chappell Medal - which led to recital engagements throughout the UK.

In Australia, John studied at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University with Natasha Vlassenko and Oleg Stepanov. In the US, he studied at the Hartt School, University of Hartford and took lessons from Oxana Yablonskaya and Boris Berman. In 2014 John graduated with the RCM Artist Diploma after studying with Vanessa Latarche.

John has received high praise for his virtuoso artistry.

‘We were put in mind of the story that Murray Perahia tells about Horowitz: at one of Perahia's consultation lessons, Horowitz said to him, "If you want to be more than a virtuoso, first be a virtuoso." John - a modest and unaffected performer - made the gargantuan demands of the Brahms and Balakirev look easy, wrapping them up with stylish phrasing and classy finishing touches. His virtuosity knocked us over. More than that, he simply moved us to tears.’ - Jessica Duchen

John has given solo recitals at prestigious venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, New York and Wigmore Hall, London. He has appeared as soloist on many occasions and toured with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. An experienced chamber musician, John has performed with UK, US and Australian ensembles. He has worked with leading Australian instrumentalists and singers, and musicians from world orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic.

In recent years, following postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music with Vanessa Latarche, John has been based in London, where he has given many recitals.

‘Such was the mastery of this remarkable young Australian, graduate of the Royal College of Music we were not aware of the superhuman feats being performed before our very eyes…a poet of the keyboard in the tradition of the 'Golden age' of piano playing…..something I have not heard for many a year since the deeply missed Cherkassky and Magaloff were seducing their adoring public.’ - Christopher Axworthy

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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