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Thursday 22nd March 2018
Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford GU1 3HN

An Evening with Beethoven

Internationally acclaimed pianist, John Lill, joins broadcaster and Beethoven biographer John Suchet. To include performances of the Moonlight, Appassionata and Pathetique Sonatas

John Lill
䨊ohn Suchet


John Suchet presents the flagship morning show on Classic FM every weekday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
He has twice been honoured for his radio programme on Classic FM, at the New York Festivals International Radio Programme Awards in 2014, and the Association for International Broadcasting Awards in 2013.
Before joining Classic FM, John was best known as one of the country’s most popular television reporters and newscasters. As a reporter for ITN, he covered major events around the world, including the Iran Revolution, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the Philippines Revolution. He then became a newscaster for ITN, presenting all major bulletins including News at Ten.
John has been honoured in both roles. He was Television Reporter of the year in 1986, and Television Newscaster of the year in 1996. In 2008 the Royal Television Society accorded him its highest accolade, the Lifetime Achievement Award.
John has had a lifelong passion for classical music, in particular for the life and works of Beethoven. He has published six books on the great composer, the most recent being a full length biography, “Beethoven, the Man Revealed”, published to acclaim in 2012.
In September 2015 he published a biography of the Strauss family, “The Strauss Dynasty and Vienna”, which entered the Sunday Times bestseller list at no.8. In September 2016 he published a biography of Mozart, “Mozart, the Man Revealed”. His biography of Verdi, “Verdi, the Man Revealed”, was published in Setpember 2017. He recently completed a biolgraphy of Tchaikovsky, “Tchaikovsky, the Man Revealed”, to be published in September 2018.
John has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by his old university, The University of Dundee, and Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music for his work on Beethoven.


Unanimously described as one of the leading pianists of his generation, John Lill's career spans over 55 years, during which time he has given over 4,000 concerts.
Lill originally studied at the Royal College of Music and with Wilhelm Kempff. His rare talent emerged at an early age, giving his first piano recital at the age of nine.
At eighteen he performed Rachmaninov's 3rd piano concerto under Sir Adrian Boult, immediately followed by his much-acclaimed London début playing Beethoven's 'Emperor' piano concerto at the Royal Festival Hall.
His early career flourished and was enhanced by many prestigious international prizes and awards. In 1970 he won the most coveted of these: the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition, further consolidating his already busy international concert schedule. Since then he has given
concerts in over fifty countries, both as a recitalist and as a soloist with the world's greatest orchestras.
John Lill's extensive repertoire includes more than eighty concertos, and he is acclaimed in particular as a leading interpreter of Beethoven, whose complete sonata cycle he has performed on several occasions in the UK, USA and Japan. In Britain he has given over 25 London Promenade concerts and regularly appears with all the major symphony orchestras. He has toured overseas with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham, Hallé, Royal Scottish National and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras.
He regularly performs in the European capitals, Russia, the Far East, South America, Australasia, (including several ABC tours) and he is a frequent visitor to the United States, where he has worked with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic and the Orchestras of Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Rochester, San Diego, Seattle and Washington.
More recently John Lill has performed with the St Petersburg, Rotterdam, Royal Stockholm, Czech, Oslo, London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hallé Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Russia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France,
Tonkünstler Orchestra and RTVE Orchestra Madrid, together with the Vancouver, Seattle, Indianapolis, Bournemouth, Royal Scottish National and Sapporo Symphony Orchestras. He also
regularly gives recitals throughout the UK and Europe, USA, China, Russia, Japan and Australia.
In celebration of his 70th Birthday, the 2013-14 season saw John embark on much acclaimed Beethoven complete sonata cycles in London and Manchester, as well as recitals at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Warsaw’s Philharmonic Hall and the Grand Hall of
St Petersburg Philharmonia. He also returned to Moscow to perform all the Beethoven concertos with
the National Philharmonic of Russia and Vladimir Spivakov.
More recently John has given concerts with the Tchaikovsky Symphony, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and the St Petersburg Philharmonic in Edinburgh, as well as a UK tour with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and extensive solo tours. The 2016-17 season also saw John perform with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw.
Future highlights of the 2017-18 season include John’s return to Moscow, performing with the Moscow State Philharmonic as well as giving solo recitals, performing at the Newbury Festival and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s 125th Anniversary concert. John will also give his debut performance with the Würth Philharmonic.
John Lill has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon (Brahms solo works and second piano concerto), EMI (Complete Beethoven piano concertos with RSNO and Gibson), ASV (both Brahms piano concertos with the Hallé and Loughran plus the complete Beethoven sonatas) and Pickwick Records (Tchaikovsky first concerto with the LSO and Judd). More recently he has recorded the complete Prokofiev sonatas with ASV and his recording of thecomplete Beethoven
Bagatelles and piano concertos with the CBSO and Weller is available on Chandos. He recorded Malcolm Arnold's Fantasy on a Theme of John Field (dedicated to John Lill) with the RPO and Handley for Conifer and the complete Rachmaninov concertos and solo piano works for Nimbus Records. His recent recording projects have been with EMI (piano works by Schumann) and Signum Records (works by Brahms and Schumann plus Haydn piano sonatas).
John Lill has been awarded many Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships from British Universities, Colleges and Academies.
He lives in London and was awarded the OBE in 1977 and the CBE for his services to music in the
2005 New Year’s Honours’ List.
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