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Karl Lutchmayer

A Pianist Entertaining with words as well as Music

Pianist Karl Lutchmayer offered up a heart-warming Classical Music Soiree earlier this month, and playing pieces by Bartok, Cage, Liszt, Wagner and Ravel to a highly pleased audience at Art Chamber in Calangute. As notable as Karl’s music were the entertaining, erudite explanations that accompanied each piece. It was a real treat for classical music lovers in Goa.

Karl Lutchmayer is one of the UK’s foremost concert pianists. A Steinway Artist, Karl performs across the globe, working with conductors such as Lorin Maazel and Sir Andrew Davis.

Karl is equally renowned as a lecturer and is a committed educator. He holds a professorship at Trinity College of Music, London and is a regular guest lecturer at conservatoires around the world, including the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York and the Mehli Mehta Foundation in India, his family home.

His London lecture-recital series, Conversational Concerts, continues to garner critical and public acclaim and this season, following his landmark recitals celebrating the Liszt Bicentenary, he has received invitations from 4 continents to give recitals celebrating the Alkan Bicentenary.

Karl is also a passionate advocate of contemporary music, Karl has given over 90 world premieres, with many of the works written especially for him. His recitals have been broadcast on BBC Radio3, All India Radio and Classic FM.

Karl studied at the Royal College of Music under Peter Wallfisch and John Barstow and undertook further studies with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatoire. Extensive research into ‘Performing Practice in the Piano Music of Busoni’ earned Karl his Master’s Degree, since when his research interests have grown to include the music of Liszt, Alkan, Enescu; The Creative Transcription Network; reception theory, and the history of piano recital programming.

In 1997, Karl was awarded the prestigious Constant & Kit Lambert Fellowship by the Worshipful Company of Musicians – the first time in its history that it was awarded to an instrumentalist – and returned to his alma mater to begin his lecturing career.

Now a prominent figure in the field of public music appreciation, he gives pre-concert talks at venues including the Wigmore Hall, and in addition to his popular London Time Out column, has contributed articles to numerous magazines and books.

Karl resides in London, where he indulges his other passion – classic cars – with a collection which includes a 1968 Triumph Spitfire, and his new pride and joy, a 1965 E-Type Jaguar.