Official Pianists

We are delighted to welcome Simon Lane and Nigel Hutchison on board as the 2017 Windsor Festival International String Competition Official Pianists.

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Simon Lane

“It took only a few bars of Beethoven’s C minor violin sonata from pianist Simon Lane for me to sense that I was going to hear a real partnership”  Strad Magazine

Simon Lane has gained recognition for his compelling and sensitive performances, and has collaborated with many of the world’s most exciting musicians including Danielle de Niese, Iestyn Davies, Allan Clayton, Guy Johnston and Jack Liebeck. His recent CD release with cellist Philip Higham was selected as Strad Magazine‘s ‘CD of the month’, and Gramophone Magazine stated that “What is most striking about this performance is that, thanks to the brilliance of Simon Lane at the piano, the virtuosity of the piano-writing is thrillingly brought out”.

Alongside frequent performances in London’s Wigmore Hall, Simon has appeared in venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie and Leipzig’s Alte Handelsbörse, and more widely across Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Italy, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Slovenia and North America. Recent festival engagements include the Bachfest Leipzig, La Festival de Musique de Menton, the Dubrovnik and Ljubljana Summer Festivals, and the Leeds Lieder, Ryedale and Lichfield Festivals in the UK.

Highlights of the 2014/15 season include a return to the Wigmore Hall in June 2015 with violinist Lana Trotovšek, as well as appearances with Guy Johnston, Tamsin Waley-Cohen and the Atalanta Piano Quartet. Among other early influences on his career, Simon is indebted to the late Mark Ray, to whom he owes a large share of his love of music.

Nigel Hutchison

Nigel Hutchison has performed internationally as both a solo artist and chamber musician. Since his successful Wigmore Hall debut he has performed throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East. He has appeared with most of the UK orchestras in major venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. His recording of Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” with the London Symphony Orchestra was named as a choice recording of the year by Gramophone magazine.

As a chamber musician, Nigel has enjoyed performing with a number of distinguished artists such as Robert Cohen, Leonid Gorokhov, Grigori Zhislin, Radoslaw Szulc, Ara Malikian and Daniel Hope. He has been invited to be an official pianist at many prestigious international competitions including the Menuhin Competition, the Britten Competition and the All China International Violin Competition held in Qingdao, China.

For many years, he was pianist for the masterclasses of Yfrah Neaman, and is presently an accompanist and coach at the Yehudi Menuhin School.