WEEK ONE 29 July to 5 August
WEEK TWO 5 to 12 August
Andrew Ball is regarded as one of the foremost British pianists of his generation. He studied with the great British teacher Kendall Taylor at the Royal College of Music, also taking a First in music at the Queen’s College, Oxford. Since then a busy career has taken him all over the world both as soloist and in chamber music.
He has a reputation for innovative and imaginative programming: he has given a large number of premieres, including Hanna Kulenty’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Warsaw Radio Philharmonic and the British premiere of Sofia Gudbaidulina’s Piano Sonata at the Bath Festival.
He made his Prom’s debut in 1995 playing Messiaen and has many times played the complete sonatas of Tippett, which he studied with the composer. He has played with the Nash Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Villiers Piano Quartet and Gemini. His many CD recordings include Billy Mayerl’s complete music for piano and orchestra and the Tippett song-cycles with Martyn Hill. Recent appearances included Stravinsky’s Les Noces under Gergeyev at the Barbican,
He was Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music from 1999 until 2005 and is highly sought after as a teacher there.