ABOUT LEON McCAWLEY

‘an exemplary piano soloist with commanding technical authority and a shining, enriched tone’. Guardian

One of Britain’s foremost pianists, Leon McCawley has forged a highly successful career since winning first prize in the 1993 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna and second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition the same year, building on his earlier success as winner of the piano section of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1990. Since then, his extensive discography has established him as a pianist of great integrity and variety, bringing freshness and vitality to Classical, Romantic and 20th century repertoire. His recent CD of Haydn’s Sonatas and Variations for SOMM Recordings is no exception, and was awarded a Diapason d’Or in July 2017: ‘What a range in his interpretation and how many layers of gradation! McCawley ties these together, in a special quality of inflexions which make their point with great intelligibility and sensitivity’. (Diapason, July 2017)

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NEWS

1414 March, 2018

LEEDS RECITAL AVAILABLE TO WATCH ON LIVESTREAM

Leon's recent recital at University of Leeds on 11th March in honour of Dame Fanny Waterman, founder of the Leeds International Piano Competition is now available to watch in full on Livestream HERE. He was thrilled to be invited on this special day for Dame Fanny, coinciding with the 25th Anniversary of his 2nd prize-winning success at the Leeds Competition in 1993.

2525 February, 2018

5 STAR REVIEW IN BIRMINGHAM POST

Leon has received a 5 star review of his recent recital for Bromsgrove Concerts by Christopher Morley in the Birmingham Post on February 15th: "Bromsgrove Concerts’ imaginative programming brings hidden rewards, there in abundance on Friday when pianist Leon McCawley led us off the beaten track with a fascinating sequence of comparative rarities...none can surpass McCawley in his thoughtfulness of approach, and his ability to make himself [...]

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CONCERTS

Watch Leon’s recent recital from University of Leeds HERE 

Haydn: Sonata in C minor HXVI:20
Hans Gál: Three Preludes Op.65 (1944)
Chopin: Two Nocturnes Op.37
Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor WoO 80

7th July 2018 NEWTON, WALES
Solo recital at St. Peter’s Church for Gower Festival (7.30pm)

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Mozart: Sonata in C major K279
Beethoven: Sonata in C minor Op. 111

Schubert: Sonata in G major D894

15th July 2018 PRAYSSAC, FRANCE
Solo recital at Hostellerie Le Vert Mauroux (6.30pm)

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Mozart: Sonata in C major K279
Beethoven: Sonata in C minor Op. 111

19th July 2018 PRAYSSAC, FRANCE
Solo recital at Hostellerie Le Vert Mauroux (6.30pm)

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Schubert: Sonata in G major K894

18th August 2018 MANCHESTER
Solo recital at Stoller Hall (8.30pm)

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Mozart: Sonata in C major K279
Schubert: Sonata in G major K894

19th-22nd August 2018 MANCHESTER
Masterclasses at Chetham’s School of Music

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1st-9th September 2018 BERGEN
Jurying for The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition

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7th September 2018 BERGEN
Masterclass at Grieg Academy (2-5pm)

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PRESS – RECITALS

Birmingham Post, February 15th 2018
Solo Recital at Artrix, Bromsgrove
Bromsgrove Concerts’ imaginative programming brings hidden rewards, there in abundance on Friday when pianist Leon McCawley led us off the beaten track with a fascinating sequence of comparative rarities. We have perhaps more media-glittering pianists, but none can surpass McCawley in his thoughtfulness of approach, and his ability to make himself as one with an instrument new to him. His pedalling on Bromsgrove’s piano was so subtly coloured, so well-contoured to the phrasing…and always so right for the music under discussion. *****

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Classical Source March 1st 2016
Wigmore Hall Solo Recital March 1st 2016

Every time in this excellent Wigmore Hall recital when I thought I’d nailed the main, generating aspect of Leon McCawley’s style, he’d confound expectations. His seemingly ascetic, self-contained persona would deftly step aside to allow comedy, fantasy and passion to hold the floor, on the back of a disarmingly profound and mercurial virtuosity, and his playing just sounded right…

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Washington Post November 17th 2014
Solo Recital at Phillips Collection, Washington DC

A performance this weekend by British pianist Leon McCawley was another strong offering in the Phillips Collection’s excellent Sunday concert series…McCawley is a thoughtful, lyrical pianist, and he played everything with erudition, imagination and fastidiousness…

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PRESS – CONCERTOS

La Nueva España (Diario Independente de Asturias) 22nd January 2017
Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias/Manuel López-Gómez at Auditorío Principe Felipe, Oviedo

In this programme we got to know Leon McCawley, considered today a poet of the keyboard. He is pure lyricism.

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La Nueva España (Gijón) 22nd January 2017
Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias/Manuel López-Gómez at Teatro Jovellanos, Gijón

McCawley…demonstrated to the audience his mastery of the classic/romantic field of music. With his first entrance, McCawley brought a special feeling to the main theme, managing to achieve an exceptional expressiveness while maintaining the narrative…

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El Comercio, Asturias 21st January 2017
Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias/Manuel López-Gómez at Teatro Jovellanos, Gijón

…this was a passionate and poetic Beethoven [Piano Concerto No. 3], full of energy and rhythm. McCawley is a pianist with a very lyrical and poetic touch, almost transparent and precise…

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RECORDINGS

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VIDEO

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