Portsmouth Chamber Music Series features pianist Steven Osborne

Award-winning pianist Steven Osborne will be in concert at Portsmouth Guildhall on Monday 5 November.

Steven is one of the most highly regarded pianists in the world. His numerous awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and two Gramophone Awards.

You can learn more about Steven from his blog where he has reflected on why people go to concerts and reminisced about attending a concert that his wife, who is also a musician, took part in.

The responses to his blog post offered different motivations to why people attend concerts: one audience member said, “It’s about the experience and emotion connected to music. You lose yourself, it’s overwhelming & uplifting.”

A mother brought her 7 and 12-year-old boys to a concert to show them that there is a new world where beautiful music exists. In Portsmouth, one person goes regularly because the music takes her mind away from her anxiety and depression.

Whatever your motivation might be, the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series is supported by the University of Portsmouth in partnership with the Portsmouth Cultural Trust, Music in the Round and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, to bring internationally renowned musicians to local audiences and enhance the cultural offering of the city.

The programme for Steven Osborne’s concert in Portsmouth shows him at his finest. There will be wonderful sets of miniatures by Poulenc and Debussy, contrasted with a highly dramatic sonata by Prokofiev, and then perhaps the finest of all piano sonatas, Schubert’s final Sonata in B-flat.

Tickets are £18 (£16 concessions) and available through the Guildhall’s box office and you can read more about Steven Osborne and his blog at www.stevenosborne.co.uk. For questions about the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series, contact Colin Jagger, Director of Music at the University of Portsmouth on 023 9284 3023 (music@port.ac.uk).

Photo credit: Ben Ealovega

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