Barry Douglas (born April 23, 1960 in Belfast) is
an Irish classical pianist. He is married with 3 children. He shares his
time between Paris and Lurgan.
Barry has performed with every major international
orchestra and collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy,
Colin Davis, Lawrence Foster, Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel,
André Previn, Slava Rostropovich, Kurt Sanderling, Leonard Slatkin,
Yvegeny Svetlanov, Michael Tilson-Thomas and Yuri Temirkanov, as well as
Neemi Jarvi, Krjstian Jarvi and Paavo Jarvi.
With the great success of his orchestra Camerata Ireland
Barry Douglas increasingly devotes part of his time to directing from the
piano and conducting. He has led cycles of the complete Beethoven
Symphonies (in November 2002) and Mozart and Schubert Symphonies and
Mozart Concertos in 2000 and 2001. They have completed a 3-disc recording
of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos in 2007. Barry and Camerata
Ireland enjoy a long-term relationship with the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
in Paris, where they are performing all the Mozart Piano Concertos.
Barry Douglas was born in Belfast where he studied the
piano, clarinet, cello and organ. He also conducted choirs and chamber
ensembles. At the age of 16 Barry had lessons with Felicitas LeWinter, a
pupil of Emil von Sauer (a pupil of Liszt). In London he studied at the
Royal College of Music with John Barstow for four years and studied
privately with Maria Curcio, herself a pupil of Arthur Schnabel, before
going on to study with the Russian pianist Yvegeny Malinin in Paris.
Barry Douglas won the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky
International Piano Competition in Moscow - the only non-Russian since Van
Cliburn to have won this prestigious award outright. He had previously won
the Bronze Medal at the Van Cliburn Competition in Texas in 1985 and the
top prize in the Santander Paloma O'Shea competition in Spain.
Barry's guides in his conducting studies were Marek Janowski and Jerzy
Semkov in Paris.
Barry's recording of Rachmaninov Concertos 1 and 3
with Yvegeny Svetlanov was released by Sony BMG in June 08. Other discs
are being planned.
Barry has made many recordings for the Sony/BMG label.
Recently with his chamber orchestra, Camerata Ireland, he has released
discs of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos for Satirino.
Barry Douglas received the Order of the British Empire
(OBE) in the 2002 New Year's Honours List for services to music. He also
received a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music where he is Prince
Consort Professor of Piano and an Hon. Doctorate of Music from Queens
In September 2007 an
honorary D.Mus was conferred on Barry by the National University of
Ireland at Maynooth.
Barry is performing concerts with the Lithuanian Chamber
Orchestra and will be a Visitng Professor at the Dublin Conservatory of
Music at Dublin Institute of Technology. He is also Prince Consort
Professor of piano at the Royal College of Music in London.
He his Artistic Director of The Clandeboye International
Festival in N Ireland (August each year), the Manchester International
Piano Festival and the Camerata Ireland at Castletown series of mini
festivals, organised by Camerata Ireland.
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