The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
'a born artist, a beautiful natural talent' - Nadia Boulanger of Peter Hill
British pianist and writer Peter Hill was born in 1948. He read music at Oxford and then studied at the Royal College of Music in London. His teacher at both establishments was Cyril Smith. He also studied with Nadia Boulanger.
Hill worked with Olivier Messiaen at the composer's home in Paris for his Messiaen cycle and has also written a book - The Messiaen Companion. He was awarded the Paris-based Académie des Beaux-Arts' 2008 annual prize for musical scholarship. He discovered the 1961 Messiaen piano piece La Fauvette passerinette, edited it and gave the first performance in 2013.
Hill is currently a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music and is an honorary Professor of Music at the University of Sheffield.
CD Spotlight. Beethoven's Favourite Instrument - Peter Hill and Benjamin Frith play piano four hand music by the genius from Bonn, recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... devotedly recorded, impressively executed, rewardingly researched.'
CD Spotlight. Stylized Dances - J S Bach's French Suites, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... exceptional readings full of profound emotional content, yet scholarly and alive.'