Congratulations to John Lill who today celebrates his 70th Birthday. John has been with Askonas Holt since 1970 when he won first prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition. Since then, John’s career has gone from strength to strength and he has given concerts in over 50 countries, both as a recitalist and as a soloist with the world’s greatest orchestras. He is unanimously described as one of the leading pianists of his generation.
To celebrate John’s 70th birthday season, he is performing the complete Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle at both the Cadogan Hall and the Bridgewater Hall. This cycle has been widely acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, ‘as inclusive and as satisfying a cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas as has been heard in London during recent years: one reaffirming John Lill as a communicator of the piano medium’s New Testament with few equals.’
In addition to this cycle, John is making his début with the NCPA Orchestra Beijing and Vienna’s Tonkunstler Orchestra, as well as return visits to the Hallé, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Scottish National and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He also returned to Moscow where he performed all the Beethoven Concerti with the National Philharmonic of Russia and Vladimir Spivakov.
Today (17th March) John will be performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he has had a great affinity throughout his career, and Thomas Dausgaard. He will be performing Rachmaninov’s third piano concerto at the Royal Festival Hall. This concerto is particularly close to John’s heart as he first performed it at the age of 18 under Sir Adrian Boult. This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 – you can listen to the concert here
Many congratulations and best wishes to John on this special day.