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Fiery passion combined with incisive intellect mark the playing of pianist Ian Pace. His vast repertoire, stretching from complexity to simplicity, focuses in particular upon the works of contemporary British, German and Italian composers as well as the 'classics' of modern music by composers such as Boulez, Stockhausen, Ligeti, Nono and Cage. Equally adept as a chamber music and ensemble player, Ian Pace frequently performs with other soloists and groups, most notably pianist Mikhail Rudy and the Arditti Quartet.
Born in Hartlepool, England in 1968, Ian Pace studied at Chetham's School of Music, The Queen's College, Oxford and, as a Fulbright scholar, at the Juilliard School in New York. His major teacher, and an important influence upon his work,was the Hungarian pianist György Sándor, a student of Bartók. Ian Pace has played at most major European venues and festivals, and several of his recitals have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and Deutschland Funk.
Renowned for his astute and insightful writings on new music, Ian Pace is much in demand as a lecturer. He regularly gives workshops and masterclasses as well as pre-concert talks and is AHRB Fellow at Southampton University. He contributes to several music periodicals and co-edited the book Uncommon Ground: The Music of Michael Finnissy.
A double CD of Ian Pace playing Dusapin's Etudes and his piano concerto A Quia with the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach is available from Frency label Naive. In 2011 a CD of Pierre Boulez’s Structures and John Cage’s Music For Piano as performed by Ian and Pi-Hsien Chen was released by Hat Hut Records.