“Peter Hill is that rare musician: a virtuoso with an immaculate and comprehensive technique."
Peter Hill, pianist and writer

One of the leading British pianists of his generation Peter Hill is known for his performances and recordings of twentieth-century and contemporary music as well as of the classical repertoire. His complete cycles of Messiaen and of Berg, Schoenberg and Webern have received superlative acclaim. The Messiaen was described as ‘one of the most impressive solo recording projects of recent years’ (New York Times), and won Messiaen’s endorsement: 'Beautiful technique, a true poet: I am a passionate admirer of Peter Hill's playing.’ Both sets feature in 1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die. Other CDs include Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen (with Benjamin Frith) and two CDs of Stravinsky including the composer's arrangements of The Rite of Spring and Three Movements from Petrushka. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (Delphian), released recently, has received outstanding reviews, and Book II was CD of the Week on Radio 3. Peter Hill’s writings include a book on Stravinsky (Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Cambridge) and three books on Messiaen, among them a ground-breaking biography (Messiaen, Yale) based on unprecedented access to the private Messiaen archive. As well as recitals Peter Hill gives lectures and masterclasses around the world. In 2008 Peter was awarded the annual prize for musical scholarship by the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He holds an honorary professorship at Sheffield University and is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music. Read more

Latest news

A week of Goldberg Variations, with wonderful (sell-out) audiences at Sheffield’s Crucible and at the Wigmore Hall following Bach on his great musical journey every step of the way. And before the concert at the Crucible a public discussion with Marcus du Sautoy (Professor at Oxford for the Public Understanding of Science) on the mathematics of the Goldberg Variations.

Meanwhile the CD has been released by Delphian, with so far two reviews in print, in The Scotsman and the BBC Music Magazine –

La Fauvette Passerinette – the subalpine warbler – has acquired a new profile since scholar and pianist Peter Hill's discovery two years ago ... His virtuosic and beautifully poised performance of the 12-minute work opened this recital, part of the current City of Light series.