Now ‘firmly back in the limelight’ [Financial Times], Christian Blackshaw is recognised for the passion, range and sensitivity he brings to his extensive repertoire. His playing combines tremendous emotional depth with great understanding and, in the words of one London critic, ‘sheer musicality and humanity’.
Following studies with Gordon Green, he was the first British pianist to study at the Leningrad Conservatoire, with Moisei Halfin. He later worked closely in London with Sir Clifford Curzon.
He has appeared throughout the world in festivals and with leading orchestras, collaborating amongst others with Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, Sir Neville Marriner, Gianandrea Noseda and Valery Gergiev. In 2009/10 he performed the complete Mozart sonata cycle in Bristol to great critical acclaim, BBC Music Magazine writing of the last as ‘one of the finest Mozart recitals I’ve heard in years’.
During 2011/2012 he made his remarkable Berliner Philharmoniker debut “serving every note with nobility” as one critic stated and gave a debut recital in Tokyo. Other recitals include LSO St. Luke’s, Snape Maltings and the Wigmore Hall 110th Anniversary Season. Valery Gergiev invited him back to the Stars of the White Nights Festival, St. Petersburg, to perform the Mozart sonata cycle and he made returns to the White Nights and South Bank International Piano Series in 2013.
His hugely acclaimed Wigmore Hall Mozart sonata series concluded in early 2013 and subsequently Wigmore Hall Live issued the first of four volumes of Christian Blackshaw’s complete Mozart sonatas recording. Critics have been unanimous in their praise, describing the “landmark” recording as “captivating” and “magical”.