Sunday 26 March 2023 3.00 pm
Peter Frankl was born in Budapest in 1935 and is recognised as one of the great pianists of the last century. His father died in a labour camp and he was in the Budapest ghetto in 1944. After studying at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, he won several piano competitions in the late 1950s, and made his London debut in 1962 and first performed in New York in 1967 when he appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. Since then, he has played on the world’s top stages with the most celebrated orchestras and eminent conductors, including Abbado, Boulez, Davis, Haitink, Maazel, Masur, Muti, and Solti. His world tours have taken him to Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. He has appeared more than 20 times at London’s BBC Proms and at many major festivals. He is also a well- known chamber music performer. For years, the Frankl-Pauk-Kirshbaum Trio travelled the world, and his many chamber music partners include the world’s most renowned artists. He is a much-respected teacher and served as Professor of Piano at the Yale School of Music in USA for 30 years.
In this conversation, he talks about his early life, his subsequent career as an international soloist, chamber musician and teacher, and his reflections on a long and fruitful life as an eminent musician.