Barry Douglas - Pianist


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

The 16/17 Season sees Barry performing two full Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto cycles in Ireland with the RTE Orchestra in Dublin and the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. He also gives two performances of Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, having opened the St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s concert season; all marking the 30th anniversary of his Tchaikovsky Competition win.

Recent and future highlights include performances at BBC Proms in the Park with Ulster Orchestra, a tour with Brussels Philharmonic, appearances with Prague Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, the Asturias and Galicia Symphony orchestras. He is a featured artist at the Kanazawa Festival in Japan, and is touring the UK extensively in recital. Recently, he gave the premiere of Kevin Volans’ 4th Piano Concerto with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and will appear in Verbier in July 2017.

Barry 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, Melbourne Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras, among others. He 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. He recently completed recording the full works for solo piano of Brahms, the six albums of which have received much critical praise. International Record Review wrote: “this is indeed Brahms playing of the utmost integrity and authority… this cycle looks set to become a benchmark version.” The interesting programming of every disc presents each album as a stand-alone recital, providing a varied and engaging listening experience.

His current recording project focuses on the solo piano works of Schubert. Also with Chandos, Barry is exploring Irish folk music through his own arrangements, working with ancient melodies through to pieces by contemporary songwriters, culminating in Celtic Reflections (2014) and Celtic Airs (2016).

In 1999, Barry Douglas founded the chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland.

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