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Barry DOUGLAS, Pianist

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF CAMERATA IRELAND


Amid the compulsive hyping that affects classical music, Barry Douglas remains defiantly and admirably grounded… Douglas’s powerful playing always compels and rewards attention
- The Guardian

… an enthralling mix of chiselled brilliance and melting lyricism. - The Belfast Telegraph

Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule.

His many international tours take him to the major venues all around the world for recitals as well as with some of the most prestigious orchestras, such as London Symphony, Russian National, Cincinnati Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Staatskapelle Halle, Orchestre.

In 1999 Barry Douglas founded the chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland with whom he gave the world premiere of the cantata At Sixes and Sevens, commissioned to Derry-Derry-Londonderry becoming City of Culture 2013 and recently made debuts at the BBC Proms.

An exclusive Chandos recording artist, Barry is currently recording the complete works for solo piano of Brahms, the first five albums of which have received much critical praise. With Camerata Ireland, he released Celtic Reflections – an exploration of Irish folk music through eighteen of Barry’s own arrangements.

Barry Douglas received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year’s Honours List for services to music.

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Complete biography

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF CAMERATA IRELAND

Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule.

Highlights of the 15/16 season include performances at BBC Proms in the Park with Ulster Orchestra and at the Yerevan Festival in Armenia; a tour with Brussels Philharmonic; and appearances with Prague Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, Szczecin Philharmonic and Galicia Symphony orchestras. He has previously given concerts with the BBC Scottish Symphony, London Symphony, Russian National, Cincinnati Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Staatskapelle Halle, Orchestre National de France, Seattle Symphony and Melbourne Symphony orchestras alongside the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras, among others. Barry regularly plays in recitals throughout the world, with recent performances in the UK, the Netherlands, Armenia, Mexico and the US.

Barry is an exclusive Chandos recording artist and is currently recording the complete works for solo piano of Brahms, the first five albums of which have received much critical praise. International Record Review wrote that “this is indeed Brahms playing of the utmost integrity and authority... this cycle looks set to become a benchmark version.” The interesting programming of each disc presents each album as a stand-alone recital, providing a varied and engaging listening experience. September 2014 also saw the release of Celtic Reflections – an exploration of Irish folk music through eighteen of Barry’s own arrangements – from ancient melodies to pieces by contemporary songwriters.

In 1999 Barry Douglas founded the chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland to celebrate and nurture the very best of young musicians from both Northern and the Republic of Ireland. In addition to striving for musical excellence, one of the orchestra’s aims is to further the peace process in Ireland by promoting dialogue and collaboration through its musical education programmes. Barry regularly tours with Camerata Ireland throughout the world and , last season, visited the US and South America this season. Highlights of the past seasons were Camerata Ireland’s debut at the BBC Proms in London and a world premiere of a new cantata commissioned by The Honourable The Irish Society, At Sixes and Sevens, alongside the London Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Derry-Londonderry becoming City of Culture 2013.

Barry Douglas received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year’s Honours List for services to music.

http://www.barrydouglas.com/
General manager: IMG Artists Management - https://imgartists.com/

2016-17 Season - Not to be altered without permission. Please contact VJAM for HD pictures

Short biography

Highlights

Barry Douglas: Sixth and final volume of Brahms’ complete works for piano solo

Release of sixth and final volume in Barry DOUGLAS’ survey of Brahms’s output for solo piano, a project that represents a triumph of Brahmsian thoughts
https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2010903

Release of the album Celtic Airs

October 2016 – After Celtic Reflections, Barry is joined by three traditional Irish musicians for this second volume of his arrangements of celtic tunes.
https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%2010934

Tchaikovsky with LSO and Valery Gergiev at the Barbican Center

On November 29 and 30, 2016, Barry joins again the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto n° 1, in a 100% Russian program
https://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=19095