Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music
National University of Singapore
Professor Bernard Lanskey is the Director of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.
Born in Cairns, Australia, Bernard Lanskey originally studied music, philosophy and mathematics in Queensland before moving for more specialised pianistic studies first to Paris and then to the Royal College of Music in London to complete a master's degree with Peter Wallfisch.
As a pianist, he has performed regularly throughout Australia, Great Britain and in most European countries, working principally with string players and singers in chamber music, mixed recital and lecture-recital combinations. In his most recent work, he has focused on the middle and late repertoire of a succession of pianist-composers - Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, Bartók - each of whom also saw chamber music and song as central to their compositional life. Over the past few years, he has developed a close partnership with Aki Saulière collaborating on exploring the major violin sonata repertoire. Additionally, for the past decade, he has worked with the television journalist, John Suchet, with whom he has performed regularly throughout Great Britain, offering lecture-recital presentations on Beethoven. Saulière collaborating on exploring the major violin sonata repertoire. Additionally, for the past decade, he has worked with the television journalist, John Suchet, with whom he has performed regularly throughout Great Britain, offering lecture-recital presentations on Beethoven.
In 1998, he recorded, with the Australian pianist Stephen Emmerson, a CD of four-hand piano music by Brahms, Schubert and the Australian composer Andrew Schultz (with whom he has worked closely for many years) which was released by Tall Poppies in July 2001. Recent recordings have included Intimate Correspondences (music by Brahms and Schumann) with Aki Saulière and the German Soprano, Felicitas Fuchs and Suspended Preludes featuring the chamber music of Andrew Schultz.
Bernard Lanskey is Director of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. Since 2005, he has also been an Artist-in-Residence at La Loingtaine, near Fontainebleau, France. Prior to his appointment at Yong Siew Toh (as Deputy Director in 2006), he was the Assistant Director of Music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. He has organised a range of festivals and concert series, most recently in association with the LSO Discovery Series at St. Luke's in London, as Artistic Director of the 20th and 21st Paxos International Music Festivals in Greece, of the Hadstock Music Festivals of 2006 and 2007, and of two festivals - Debussy's Paris and Mozart and Schubert at 30 - at La Loingtaine in May 2007 and 2008.
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