Dr Ian Pace presents a programme of vivid and virtuosic music for solo piano as part of our 2021 online City Summer Sounds festival, including Liszt's "Dante Sonata", Après un lecture de Dante, inspired by the composer's reading of The Divine Comedy, music by Pace himself, and the premiere of an extended new work by Marc Yeats.
All concert events in the series will be livestreamed on Youtube and will be free to view. Please register using the button above to receive the streaming links nearer to the date of the event.
James Dillon, Charm (2008)
James Dillon, Dragonfly (2009)
James Dillon, Amethyst (2018)
Michael Spencer, per me si va nella città dolente (2019) (London premiere)
Franz Liszt, Après un lecture de Dante (1849)
Ian Pace, Clothcomposers (2019) (London premiere)
Marc Yeats, cold kitchen hill (2019) (World premiere)
Dr Ian Pace is a pianist of long-established reputation, specialising in the farthest reaches of musical modernism and transcendental virtuosity, as well as a writer and musicologist focusing on issues of performance, music and society and the avant-garde.
Based in London since 1993, he has pursued an active international career, performing in 24 countries and at most major European venues and festivals. His vast repertoire of all periods focuses particularly upon music of the 20th and 21st Century. He has given world premieres of over 250 piano works.
He has played with orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach (with whom he premiered and recorded Dusapin's piano concerto À Quia), the SWF Orchestra in Stuttgart under Rupert Huber, and the Dortmund Philharmonic under Bernhard Kontarsky (with whom he gave a series of very well-received performances of Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand).
He has recorded nearby 40 CDs, including Michael Finnissy's five-and-a-half hour The History of Photography in Sound (of which he gave the world premiere in London in 2001) and the complete piano works of Brian Ferneyhough. Forthcoming recordings include the Piano Sonatas of Pierre Boulez, and John Cage's Music of Changes.
He is Reader in Music and Head of the Department of Music at City, University of London, having previously held positions at the University of Southampton and Dartington College of Arts. His areas of academic expertise include 19th century performance practice (especially relating to the music of Liszt and Brahms), modernist aesthetics, the Frankfurt School of thought, contemporary performance practice and issues, music and culture under fascism, the post-1945 avant-garde, in particular in West Germany, and issues of critical musicology and musicological method.
He has contributed to and co-edited a number of monographs and volumes, including Critical Perspectives on Michael Finnissy: Bright Futures, Dark Pasts, co-edited with Nigel McBride, (Routledge, 2019) and Researching and Writing on Contemporary Art and Artists: Challenges, Practices, and Complexities, co-edited with Christopher Wiley (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Forthcoming publications include monographs on music in the Weimar Republic and post-war Germany, a book on Brahms Performance Practice, and a history of specialist musical education in Britain.