Concert begins at 7pm
Admission Price: Admission £5/£2.50 concessions by cash or cheque on the door
Series: City University London Concert Series
- George Crumb Makrokosmos 2 (Part 1) (1973)
- Katharine Norman Fuga Interna (suspend) (2010) - premiere
- Jonathan Harvey Tombeau de Messiaen (1994)
- Horacio VaggioneGymel 4 (2010) - premiere
- Rob Godman Duel (Part 2) (revised version 2008)
- Simon Emmerson Piano Piece 4 (1985)
Diffusion: Rob Godman
Philip Mead studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London, receiving numerous prizes and awards and a distinction in his final practical exam. Mead was a prize winner in the 1978 Gaudeamus International competition for Interpreters of contemporary music, and since then has been actively involved in the promotion and performance of contemporary piano music. He has performed virtually the whole of Messiaen's piano music at the South Bank and given premiers by Crumb and Stockhausen. In 2004 he gave the first London performance of Henry Cowell's Piano concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra broadcast live on BBC television and radio.
Since 1985 Mead has toured world-wide performing works by leading electronic composers such as Jonathan Harvey, Denis Smalley, Simon Emmerson, Tim Souster, and Stephen Montague. He has had numerous residencies at US Universities.
He has a long list of CD recordings including the complete solo works of Ives and Crumb and works for piano and electronics by such composers as Alvarez, Vinao, Smalley, Emmerson and Norman. His recording of the piano works of Stephen Montague 'Southern Lament' was awarded the International Piano award for best contemporary CD of 2006.
He has commissioned many new works for piano and 'Tombeau de Messiaen' by Jonathan Harvey, which Mead commissioned and premiered in 1994 is now considered a contemporary classic and performed by many pianists round the world. More recently Mead has become fascinated by the possibilities of combining piano with various combinations of brass and has commissioned and recorded works by such composers as Diana Burrell, Geoffrey Poole, Nicholas Sackman, and Martin Ellerby.
Mead has recorded Martin Ellerby's 'Cabaret Concerto' with the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery band which was voted CD of the month in 'British Bandsman' last month. The latest addition to this repertoire -'Four Star Concerto' by Rodney Newton, will be premiered in Cambridge this November with Cambridge Brass.
Mead is Founder and Director of the British Contemporary Piano Competition held every three years since 1988. He is a research Fellow of the University of Hertfordshire, and was a Director of the Society for the Promotion of New Music from 1994 - 98. In 2008 he organised the first complete performance of the Spectrum series of piano pieces with 140 pianists lasting over 6 hours in performance.
During the next three years Mead will be heading an International research team to investigate the electronic analysis of extended piano sounds, their classification and international dissemination to result in a new generation of piano works thus continuing his work of musical exploration.