"Donohoe is a pianist in a class of his own, an interpreter with a quite extraordinary feeling for musical phrasing, a ‘sculptor’ of the piano; his relentlessly clear representation of thematic conflicts brings the drama to life." Detlef Brandenburg (Schleswig-Holstein, 1993).
Peter Donohoe was born in Manchester, England, and studied there at The Royal Northern College of Music and then in Paris with Yvonne Loriod, wife of the late Olivier Messiaen. Since winning the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, he has developed a distinguished career in Europe, the United States and the Far East.
Mr Donohoe appears regularly with the major London and British regional orchestras and across Europe with the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, WDR Köln, the Berlin Komische Oper, the ORF, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Stockholm Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Czech Philharmonic and the Maggio Musicale in Florence. He recently gave a series of concerts in Spain and Portugal with The Philharmonia and Wolfgang Sawallisch.
Peter Donohoe has performed annually at the BBC Proms and appeared at the Edinburgh Festival for six consecutive years. He has played at the renowned French piano festival La Roque D’Antheron, and in Germany at the Festival of the Ruhr and at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.
Peter Donohoe plays regularly in Australia, New Zealand and the Far East. In the United States he has appeared many times with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, the Dallas Symphony and The Cleveland Orchestra.
He has made many fine recordings and won awards for his recordings of the Liszt Sonata (Grand Prix International du Disque Liszt) and Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto (Gramophone Concerto Award).