In his more than 40 years on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has
performed in all the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He
is also principal guest conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with which he
has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the US, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia.
Born in New York, Mr. Perahia started playing piano at age four; later attended Mannes
College The New School For Music, where he majored in conducting and composition; and spent
summers at the Marlboro Festival, collaborating with such musicians as Rudolf Serkin, Pablo
Casals, and the members of the Budapest String Quartet. He also studied at the time with
Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and subsequently developed a close friendship with Vladimir
Horowitz, who was an abiding inspiration. Mr. Perahia won the Leeds International Piano
Competition in 1972; in 1973, he gave his first concert at the Aldeburgh Festival, where he
worked closely with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, accompanying the latter in many
lieder recitals. From 1981 to 1989, he was co-artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival.
In 2013-2014, he appears in recital in Japan, in Australia for the first time, and in the
US. Mr. Perahia has a wide and varied discography. Sony Classical has issued The First 40
Years, a special boxed set of all his recordings, including several DVDs. His recording of
Brahms's "Handel" Variations won the Gramophone Award in 2011; other awards include two
Grammys and, in 2012, Gramophone's first-ever Piano Award. Mr. Perahia recently embarked on
an ambitious project to edit the complete Beethoven sonatas for the Henle Urtext Edition.
He also produced and edited numerous hours of recordings of recently discovered master
classes by legendary pianist Alfred Cortot, resulting in the acclaimed Sony CD release,
Alfred Cortot: The Master Classes. Mr. Perahia is an honorary fellow of the Royal College
of Music and Royal Academy of Music; he holds honorary doctorates from Oxford University,
Leeds University, and Duke University. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary KBE by Her
Majesty The Queen, in recognition of his outstanding service to music.