SJE Arts International Piano Series 2023 - Steven Osborne

Submitted by Sally Doyle on September 28, 2022 - 17:08

Venue, Timing and Cost

SJE Arts, St John the Evangelist church
Thursday, 30 March 2023
7.30 - 9.30 pm
£20-£40 (students, under 25s and carers £10-£30)

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28
Rachmaninov: Selection of Preludes and Études Tableaux
Rachmaninov: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor Op. 36

Steven Osborne is a pianist who commands complete attention in the concert hall. He has been described as ‘always a player in absolute service to the composer’ (The Observer).

The programme starts boldly. Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonata No. 1 is a colossal work with Faustian overtones and a palette of shifting colours and contrasting moods. On completing it, Rachmaninov was so concerned it was unplayable that he sent it to a friend for advice. Post-interval, the Études Tableaux are individual gems and Piano Sonata No. 2, although full of energy, finds Rachmaninov in happier mood.

Steven Osborne’s early breaks came in the 1990s with wins at major international competitions. His career now takes him all over the world and his many residences, including at London’s Wigmore Hall and Antwerp’s De Singel, are a sign of the respect that he commands. Steven was named Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year 2013 and was made O.B.E. in the Queen’s 2022 New Year Honours.

Season tickets are available for the entire SJE Arts International Piano Series (8 concerts) at a 25% discount.

Further Information

Contact Details: 

SJE Arts at St John the Evangelist church, 109A Iffley Road, Oxford, OX4 1EH

Tickets from Oxford Playhouse, tel 01865 305305,


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