Acclaimed English virtuoso, John Lill OBE, celebrates his 70th birthday with a concert at The Hexagon, on Tuesday, March 18 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. (His actual birthday is the day before.)
Lill has been described as the leading pianist of his generation and his career has taken him to more than 50 countries, as a recitalist and as a soloist with the world’s greatest orchestras.
His rare talent emerged at an early age - he gave his first piano recital at the age of nine. At 18 he performed Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto under Sir Adrian Boult. This was followed by his much-acclaimed London debut playing Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall.
His success was reflected in many prestigious international prizes and awards, and in 1970 he won the most coveted of these, the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition, further consolidating his already busy international concert schedule.
John Lill’s extensive repertoire includes more than 70 concertos, and he is acclaimed in particular as a leading interpreter of Beethoven, whose complete sonata cycle he has performed on several occasions in the UK, USA and Japan.