A deeply passionate and sensitive performer, Christian Blackshaw is celebrated for the incomparable musicianship of his performances. His playing combines tremendous emotional depth with great understanding.
Following studies with Gordon Green at the Royal College Manchester and Royal Academy, London and winning the gold medals at each, he was the first British pianist to study at the Leningrad Conservatoire with Moisei Halfin. He later worked closely with Sir Clifford Curzon in London.
He has performed worldwide and in festivals as recitalist and soloists with many renowned conductors including Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle, Gianandrea Noseda, Yuri Temirkanov and Sir Neville Marriner.
His hugely acclaimed Wigmore Hall complete Mozart piano sonata series was recorded for Wigmore Hall Live and released in four volumes. Critics have been unanimous in their praise, describing the ‘landmark’ recordings as ‘captivating’, ‘magical’ and ‘masterful’. Volume 4 was named as one of the Best Classical Recordings of 2015 in the New York Times in addition to Gramophone Magazine’s Top 50 Greatest Mozart Recordings.
Recent notable performances include the Mozart cycle in Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing, a return to the Stars of White Nights Festival, St. Petersburg and debuts at the Schwetzingen and Edinburgh International Festivals.
During the 2018/19 season, Christian is an Artist in Residence at the Wigmore Hall. In 2019, he takes the Mozart cycle to Montreal and makes his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nezet-Seguin.
He was appointed an MBE in the New Year 2019 Honours List.
Schubert. Sonata in A minor, D.784
Schumann. Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26
Liszt. Sonata in B minor
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