Peter Hill's Concert Tour of the United States ....

Peter Hill, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Music, has recently returned from a concert tour of the United States that included recitals in Boston and New York. Peter’s arrival in Boston was greeted with a full-page article in The Boston Globe, while the New York recital was previewed by the music critic of The New Yorker, Alex Ross: ‘Hill’s major achievement to date is his epic survey of the complete piano music of Messiaen… no pianist in my experience has gone deeper into Messiaen’s world.’ The Boston Musical Intelligencer referred to Peter’s ‘astounding range of touch and color’ and called him ‘a pianist’s pianist, displaying multiple types of virtuosity beyond brilliant technique. While in America Peter gave classes at the Boston Conservatory and New York University. His busy schedule continues with a recital from the Earth Music festival in Bristol (23 November); the recital will be broadcast live by Radio 3, as will a concert the following evening shared with The BBC Singers. Peter’s recording of Book II of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (Delphian) will be released at the beginning of December.

Peter joined the staff at Sheffield in 1976. Since retiring two years ago he has continued to work in the Department, take part in concerts, and give informal advice to students. He is looking forward to a break from the piano from mid-December with time for his research on Messiaen’s sketchbooks and work on a book about Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux (for Cambridge University Press), before resuming concerts with a recital in Montreal in March followed by a return visit to Boston.