Renowned pianist to perform in St Andrews

One of the most brilliant and revered British pianists of her generation, Joanna MacGregor CBE, will perform a solo recital at the Laidlaw Music Centre at the University of St Andrews on Good Friday (7 April).

Renowned pianist to perform in St Andrews

Joanna MacGregor’s Good Friday programme will include music by the twentieth-century Hungarian composer György Ligeti as well as Liszt’s tone poem Funérailles. Richard Wagner is represented by the Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and, appropriately for the date, by his Good Friday Music from Parsifal.

The second half will consist of one of Franz Schubert’s three great late piano sonatas, in B-flat, D960.

On the Saturday morning (8 April), MacGregor will coach talented University piano students in a public masterclass at the Laidlaw Music Centre.

MacGregor, who combines her role as Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London with a career as a concert pianist, festival curator and conductor, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by the University of St Andrews in June 2021.

Following performances on the world’s most prestigious stages, including the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, Sydney Opera House and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, this concert will mark her debut at the McPherson Recital Room at the Laidlaw.

Her extensive discography, largely on her own record label, includes the Mercury Prize-nominated collection of diverse 20th century piano repertoire Play and Bach’s Goldberg Variations, recorded at the Salzburg Mozarteum.

The concert on Friday 7 April begins at 7.30pm and tickets are now on sale from the Byre Theatre website or Box Office on 01334 475000.