We are excited to be welcoming back concert pianist Matthew McLachlan, who gave the first of our series of socially-distanced evening recitals in our newly-refurbished piano showroom back in June. You can watch portions of that concert on Facebook and Instagram, and read about it in a glowing review by pianist, teacher and writer Rory Dowse.
A former student of the Chetham's School of Music here in Manchester, Matthew is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London and is already a seasoned artist with numerous awards, solo recitals and concerto performances throughout Europe to his name.
As before, audience members will be asked to spread out throughout the showroom. Those able to stand may wish to do so for a better view, but piano stools will be available for everyone who wants one, and anyone who needs a seat is encouraged to inform us when booking so we can reserve one for them nearer the piano.
Approximately 1 hour
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Ludwig van Beethoven
Six variations on an original theme in F major Op. 34
Sonata No. 2 in G minor Op. 22
Pour le piano L. 95
Vallée d'Obermann, from Années de pèlerinage, Première année: Suisse
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Matthew McLachlan was born in 2000 and started piano lessons with his father in 2008. At 11 years of age he passed grade 8 and entered Wells Cathedral School as a specialist musician, studying with John Byrne. After two years in Somerset he entered Chetham's in Manchester where he studied piano with Dina Parakhina and cello with Gill Thoday. After gaining the ATCL and LTCL recital diplomas with distinction in 2014 and 2015, Matthew was awarded the FTCL in 2016. This followed on from winning third prize in the senior division of the first Scottish International Youth Prize Competition, held at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in July 2016.
In 2014 Matthew's performance of Ravel's G Major Piano Concerto was commended in the Chetham's Concerto Competition and in the same year he was a prizewinner at the 2014 Mazovia Chopin Festival in Poland. As a result of his performance in Mazovia, he was selected to perform a 60-minute solo recital at the 2015 World Piano Teachers' Conference (WPTC) in Novi Sad, Serbia.
In 2016 Matthew gave many recitals and was a finalist in the Chetham's Beethoven Piano Competition for the second year running. In March 2017 he was awarded first prize in the Chetham's Senior Bach Competition. In August 2017 he performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in the Paderewski Festival in Poland. In Autumn 2017 he had a tour of concert performances featuring Brahms' Sonata No. 1 in C major.
Before leaving Chetham's he won the school's Bosendorfer Competition, playing Stravinsky's 'Three Movements from Petrushka'. In 2018 he performed Mozart's 13th concerto in Trieste, Haddington and Rhyl as well as Tchaikovsky's first and Beethoven's fourth concerto in Buxton with the orchestra of the High Peak. In the winter of 2018, the Knights of The Round Table awarded Matthew with a full scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London, where he now studies.