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Danny Driver

MA (Cantab), PGDip (RCM)

Gramophone Award nominated pianist Danny Driver is recognised internationally as an artist and teacher of sophistication, insight and musical depth. His studies at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music inspired his uniquely holistic approach to performance and have enabled him to cultivate an enviably broad solo and chamber repertoire.

Driver has performed with orchestras throughout the world including BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Minnesota Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Hong Kong Pro Arte and Uppsala Chamber Orchestra.  He has appeared twice as soloist at the BBC Proms.  Recent recital highlights include the Wigmore Hall, London Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series, Music Toronto, Salle Bourgie in Montreal, Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, and several performances of Ligeti’s Piano Études across the United States and in Japan.

Driver’s passion for chamber music sees him regularly invited to festivals such as Oxford May Music, O/Modernt, Eilat, Bard Music Festival, Carducci Festival, and the Australian Chamber Music Festival.  Long-standing musical partnerships with violinist Chloë Hanslip and baritone Christian Immler have produced a complete Beethoven Piano & Violin Sonatas cycle at Turner Sims Concert Hall (recorded live for Rubicon Classics), a recording of Bernstein’s Arias & Barcarolles (Avi Records) and concert performances across Europe and North America.

Driver’s decade-long relationship with Hyperion Records has spawned recordings of CPE Bach, Handel, York Bowen, Balakirev, Schumann, and Erik Chisholm.  His most recent release, Volume 70 of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series, featured piano concertos by Amy Beach, Dorothy Howell, and Cécile Chaminade, while future studio projects are to include Ligeti’s complete Piano Études. His recordings have won him numerous awards including Limelight Magazine’s Instrumental Recording of the Year 2014, and his recent inclusion in the New York Times’ list of 2017’s Best Classical Recordings.

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Faculties / departments: Keyboard, Research

Latest Publications

Driver, D. (2021) György Ligeti: the 18 Études. [Audio]

Meyn, N. and Pearson, I. E. and Sun, E. and Driver, D. (2021) Robert Kahn: Leaves from the tree of life. [Audio]

Ennis, P. and Driver, D. (2019) Excitement and danger: pianist Danny Driver in conversation.

Immler, C. and Stephany, A. and Berner, C. and Driver, D. and Fraser, S. (2018) Swan songs: Schubert, Brahms, Barber, and Bernstein. [Audio]

Driver, D. (2018) Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no 2 & Scherzo from Amy Beach Concerto. [Performance]

Hanslip, C. and Driver, D. (2018) Beethoven and Prokofiev sonatas for violin and piano. [Performance]

Driver, D. and Hanslip, C. (2018) Beethoven: Violin Sonatas vol. 2. [Audio]

Driver, D. and Hanslip, C. (2018) Beethoven: Violin Sonatas vol. 3. [Audio]

Driver, D. and Hanslip, C. (2017) Beethoven: Violin Sonatas vol. 1. [Audio]

Driver, D. and Trusler, M. (2017) Erik Chisholm: Violin Concerto & Dance Suite. [Audio]

Driver, D. (2017) Beach, Chaminade & Howell: Piano Concertos. [Audio]

Driver, D. (2014) Schumann: Novelletten & Nachtstücke. [Audio]

Driver, D. (2014) Handel: the Eight Great Suites. [Audio]

Hanslip, C. and Driver, D. (2013) Bowen: the complete works for violin and piano. [Audio]

Driver, D. (2012) C. P. E. Bach: Keyboard Sonatas vol. 2. [Audio]

Driver, D. (2012) Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto no. 5, op. 103. [Audio]

Driver, D. (2012) Erik Chisholm: Piano Concertos. [Audio]

Nelsen, R. and Immler, C. and Driver, D. (2011) Walter Arlen: Es Geht Wohl Anders. [Audio]

Driver, D. (2011) Dale: piano music. [Audio]

Driver, D. (2011) Balakirev: Piano Sonata & other works. [Audio]

Driver, D. (2010) C. P. E. Bach: Keyboard Sonatas vol. 1. [Audio]

Driver, D. (2009) Bowen: Piano Sonatas. [Audio]

Driver, D. (2008) Bowen: Piano Concertos. [Audio]


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Danny Driver

Piano professor, Contemporary Piano professor