REVIEW: QSO and Piers Lane - 40 years (Queensland Symphony Orchestra)

Where? Concert Hall, QPAC
When? October 14, 2017


Globally-acclaimed pianist Piers Lane joined Queensland Symphony Orchestra on the Concert Hall stage to celebrate 40 years since his first performance with QSO.


London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane’s lists of achievements are a mile long – his discography of over 50 CDS, the many positions he holds within the global arts community, and his work with the leading conductors and composers of the world. He is in great demand as a collaborative artist and his concerto repertoire exceeds 90 works. In the Queens Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished services to the arts as a pianist, mentor and organiser.

As part of QSO’s Maestro series the concert opened, under the baton of guest conductor Enrique Arturo Diemecke, with Tchaikovsky’s Francesca Rimini, inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. This was followed by Piers Lane’s incredible and engaging performance of one of his definitive works, Moszkowski’s Piano Concerto, and, after interval, the concert closed with the beautiful Slavonic work Dvořák’s Symphony No.7.

Prior to the Maestro concert, ticketholders were treated to a pre-concert lecture by Simon Perry, who discussed the meaning behind the works that were about to be performed, as well as some information on their composers. Simon Perry was a very articulate host and this talk was particularly fascinating for people like me, who enjoy the music but don’t necessarily have the background to understand the history of its composition, or know much about the composers themselves.

The performances were marked as a highlight in the calendar for QSO, who are celebrating their 70th anniversary in 2017. Piers Lane also engaged in a QSO In Conversation evening, giving music-lovers a rare opportunity to hear him discuss his favourite pieces and fondest memories on October 12, and performed as part of the Morning Masterworks series on October 13. 

In a fortunate alignment of events, my Dad was in town and we were able to enjoy this wonderful night of music together. Dad hadn't seen QSO before (possibly had not seen a live orchestra performance before) and he was very, very impressed. We both were!