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Murray Perahia: Bio

In the more than 40 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and South East Asia.

Born in New York, Mr. Perahia started playing piano at the age of four, and later attended Mannes College where he majored in conducting and composition. His summers were spent at the Marlboro Festival, where he collaborated with such musicians as Rudolf Serkin, Pablo Casals, and the members of the Budapest String Quartet. He also studied at the time with Mieczyslaw Horszowski. In subsequent years, he developed a close friendship with Vladimir Horowitz, whose perspective and personality were an abiding inspiration. In 1972 Mr. Perahia won the Leeds International Piano Competition, and in 1973 he gave his first concert at the Aldeburgh Festival, where he worked closely with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, accompanying the latter in many lieder recitals. Mr. Perahia was co-artistic director of the Festival from 1981 to 1989.

Having completed a tour of North America with a debut recital in Mexico in the 2012-13 season, Mr. Perahia will embark on a recital tour of Japan followed by his historically first appearances in Australia where he will perform at the Sydney Opera House and in Melbourne in November 2013.

Mr. Perahia has a wide and varied discography. Sony Classical has issued a special boxed set edition of all his recordings including several DVDs entitled The First 40 Years. His recording of Brahms Händel Variations, which won the Grammophone Award in 2011, has been called "one of the most rewarding Brahms recitals currently available." Some of his previous solo recordings feature a 5-CD boxed set of his Chopin recordings, Bach's Partitas Nos. 1, 5, and 6 and Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, opp 14, 26, and 28. He is the recipient of two Grammy awards, for his recordings of Chopin's complete Etudes and Bach's English Suites Nos. 1, 3, and 6, and numerous Grammy nominations. Mr. Perahia has also won several Gramophone Awards.

Recently, Mr. Perahia embarked on an ambitious project to edit the complete Beethoven Sonatas for the Henle Urtext Edition. He also produced and edited numerous hours of recordings of recently discovered master classes by the legendary pianist, Alfred Cortot, which resulted in the highly acclaimed Sony CD release, "Alfred Cortot: The Master Classes."

Mr. Perahia is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, and he holds honorary doctorates from Leeds University and Duke University. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary KBE by Her Majesty The Queen, in recognition of his outstanding service to music.

1 Bach: French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812 Allemande  
2 Bach: French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812 Courante  
3 Bach: French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812 Sarabande  
4 Bach: French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812 Menuet I - Menuet II  
5 Bach: French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812 Gigue  
6 Bach: French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813 Allemande  
7 Bach: French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813 Courante  
8 Bach: French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813 Sarabande  
9 Bach: French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813 Air  
10 Bach: French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813 Menuet I - Menuet II  
11 Bach: French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813 Gigue  
12 Bach: French Suite No. 3 in B minor BWV 814 Allemande  
13 Bach: French Suite No. 3 in B minor BWV 814 Courante  
14 Bach: French Suite No. 3 in B minor BWV 814 Sarabande  
15 Bach: French Suite No. 3 in B minor BWV 814 Anglaise  
16 Bach: French Suite No. 3 in B minor BWV 814 Menuet - Trio  
17 Bach: French Suite No. 3 in B minor BWV 814 Gigue  
18 Bach: French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815 Allemande  
19 Bach: French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815 Courante  
20 Bach: French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815 Sarabande  
21 Bach: French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815 Gavotte  
22 Bach: French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815 Menuet  
23 Bach: French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815 Air  
24 Bach: French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815 Gigue  
25 Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816 Allemande  
26 Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816 Courante  
27 Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816 Sarabande  
28 Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816 Gavotte  
29 Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816 Bourree  
30 Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816 Loure  
31 Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816 Gigue  
32 Bach: French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817 Allemande  
33 Bach: French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817 Courante  
34 Bach: French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817 Sarabande  
35 Bach: French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817 Gavotte  
36 Bach: French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817 Polonaise  
37 Bach: French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817 Menuet  
38 Bach: French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817 Bourree  
39 Bach: French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817 Gigue  
Murray Perahia - Bach - The French Suites (Trailer)
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Murray Perahia Masterclass
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Interview with KBAQ's Sterling Beeaff

Deutsche Grammophon is proud to announce that Murray Perahia, one of the great musicians of our time, has signed to the yellow label. His move to Deutsche Grammophon follows an exclusive association with Sony Classical and its predecessor Columbia Masterworks that began in 1973. This significant new partnership, destined to deliver interpretations of the highest artistic calibre to the DG catalogue, will be launched this autumn with the release of Bach's French Suites. Perahia has always felt a great affinity with the music of Bach, having played some of his pieces since childhood and been powerfully influenced by a performance he attended at the age of fifteen of the St Matthew Passion conducted by Pablo Casals. He sees the French Suites as "Bach on the highest level", adding, "I don't think Bach wrote one note that didn't have wider meanings and that wasn't to be tackled with all one's heart and soul." 

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