Edmund Battersby, fortepiano
Edmund Battersby, internationally celebrated pianist, has long been known for his performances of the great classic Viennese repertory, his latest recording having been Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations produced both on the modern piano and a period instrument (Naxos 2005). But he is no stranger to the Spanish piano repertory, having featured works by many Iberian composers in his repertory throughout his career. He began last season with complete performances of Isaac Albeniz’ great masterpiece, Iberia, composed in the first decade of the 20thGoyescasTonadas (selected) was shortlisted for a Grammy and received special praise from Alicia de Larrocha who captured the prize that year with the same work. century. His recording on the Koch label of Granados (complete) and Joaquin Nin-Culmell’s
Edmund Battersby has been a member of the Artist faculty at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington since 1995. Educated at the Juilliard School, he was awarded the prestigious Juilliard Alumni Award upon graduation and shortly after made critically acclaimed debuts in both London and New York City. Subsequent tours have taken him throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, South America, Africa and Europe. He has given regular master classes at Hochscule fur Musik of EuroFest in Leipzig and also at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. His many recordings have been released by Musical Heritage Society, Koch International Classics, Naxos and Marco Polo.
Battersby has played with conductors such as Nicholas McGegan, Gunther Schuller, Gerard Schwarz and in ensemble with the Orion Quartet, the Tokyo Quartet and the Vermeer Quartets among others. He logged more than 30 performances of Chamber Music broadcast nationally from the Library of Congress.