Internationally renowned pianist Lucy Parham is the creator of the acclaimed Composer Portrait concerts, “one of the must-see events of the musical calendar” according to BBC Music Magazine. She performs them with leading actors in the UK and around the world.  A specialist in the music of Robert and Clara Schumann, Lucy is also in demand as a professor, artistic director, writer and broadcaster.

  • “Lucy Parham’s trailblazing evening concerts in which she fuses music and words with the help of some of our most distinguished thespians, have become one of the must-see events on the musical calendar.”

    BBC Music Magazine April 2014
  • “These wonderful concerts are so cleverly organic because the composers become alive again. This happens before your eyes and it transforms the musical experience for the audience.

    The composers speak directly, frankly and intimately about the secrets of the lives shared and, coupled with the superb playing of Lucy Parham, their music is transformed”

    Henry Goodman
  • “The readings combine great dignity with a delicate poignancy. The changing moods of the Schumann and Brahms repertoire, from the capricious and turbulent to the reflective and haunting, are deftly interpreted by Lucy Parham. The whole is an intimate portrait, with the passions of the presenters as palpable as those of their subjects.”

    The Observer
  • “Lucy is not only an excellent pianist – she is also a musical communicator par excellence who demonstrates a strong rapport with the music she performs and possesses a deep insight into the character of the composers who wrote it. We could not have had more eloquent readers than Dame Harriet and Alex Jennings to speak the words, their performances harmonising so beautifully with the atmosphere created by the music. But this was essentially an evening where the music took centre stage. Lucy Parham surmounted the challenges of the optimistic Ballade No 3 with ease, while her performance of the No 4 with all its grandeur and profundity was a revelation and greeted with acclaim by the perceptive audience. The whole evening was a remarkable accomplishment”

    Seen and Heard International
  • “I feel so fortunate to be able to work with a musician like Lucy, such a brilliantly accomplished and sensitive artist. I certainly take inspiration from hearing such undeniably great music up close and personal, as it were. It has been a huge privilege to be a part of Lucy’s recreations of the lives of Chopin, and Debussy, and now Rachmaninoff”

    Alex Jennings
  • “In an age that has seen the piano become increasingly objectified, Parham takes her listeners back to a golden age when music was a metaphor for life itself. Hers is playing that is not so much about the actual notes but exploring the elusive regions of expressive reverie that lie tantalisingly hidden between and behind them”

    BBC Music Magazine
  • “It is a treat to hear playing in which expressively, nothing is extraneous and everything is at a high level of intelligence and imagination”

    The Times
  • “Lucy Parham surmounted the challenges of the optimistic Ballade No 3 with ease, while her performance of the Ballade No 4 with all its grandeur and profundity was a revelation. The whole evening was a remarkable accomplishment”

    Seen and Heard International
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