A beautiful artistic bond was created the moment the two musicians rehearsed together for the first time, in preparation for their inaugural performance in August 2021 as part of the Harrow Summer Music Festival.
They perform voice-piano, piano 4-hands and 2-pianos repertoire, presenting classical, musical theatre and cabaret music, including Neil Crossland's own vocal and piano music from his extensive and versatile composition oeuvre.
pianist & composer
Yorkshire pianist and composer Neil Crossland began playing the piano at the age of six and studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won major prizes in both piano and composition. Since then he has performed extensively at home and abroad, and written pieces in all genres.
Neil has played at many major London venues, including the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall. St John’s Smith Square, St Martin’s in the Fields, and frequent appearances at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room.
He has performed all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in a concert series at St James’ Piccadilly. He has also performed throughout the UK, and in France, Greece, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Tunisia and recently in Singapore giving concerts of the unfinished Schubert Sonatas, also workshops and masterclasses.
His concerto performances include Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the British Chamber Orchestra at the Southwark Festival. He has also been active as a chamber musician, founding the Piano trio “Trilogy” performing his own works for piano trio, ‘Trio Requiem’ and 'Trio Evocativo'.
Neil has made over twenty recordings on the Deltatel label, including the complete cycle of the Beethoven piano sonatas, and works by Haydn, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Poulenc.
Among his other projects has been to revive and record the piano compositions of the late Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore.
QUOTES ABOUT NEIL CROSSLAND
"If Beethoven hadn't written his piano sonatas with himself in mind, he might quite have written them for Crossland"
"Music rages in him and his breed is rare"
"A world-class pianist. Pristine technique, faultless performances, actorly intuition"
'Richmond & Twickenham Times'
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