University of Leicester eBulletin

Liszt at the Opera

October 2002
No 214

International Celebrity Pianist Comes to Leicester

A pianist known across five continents and with 130 CDs to his name is to return to Leicester to give a recital at the University of Leicester on Saturday 26 October 2002 at 7.30 pm.

Australian-born Leslie Howard will perform opera highlights transcribed for the piano by Liszt – a composer on whom he is an acknowledged world authority. Music will include Verdi’s Don Carlos, Aida, and Simon Boccanegra, Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable, Wagner’s Rienzi and Das Rheingold, Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and Bellini’s Norma. Although the tunes are not by Liszt these piano works are very much his own.

Acclaimed by the Leicester Mercury in 2001 as, “A virtuoso with a fine technique and the capacity to make difficult pieces look effortless,” Leslie Howard has completed the largest recording project ever undertaken by any solo artist, having recorded Liszt’s complete piano works with Hyperion over 15 years. For this he has been awarded the Grand Prix du Disque on six occasions.

“Leslie Howard has appeared with many of the world’s best-known conductors and orchestras, and claims to have the largest repertoire of any pianist who ever lived. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded the AM Member in the Order of Australia to Dr Howard at Buckingham Palace for Service to the Arts as piano soloist, composer, musicologist and mentor to young musicians.”

Leslie Howard’s piano recital on Saturday 26 October at 7.30 pm will take place at the Fraser Noble Hall, University of Leicester, London Road/University Road, Leicester. Tickets will be £12 (£10 concessions, £5 full-time students and under 18s).  

The concert takes place in association with Catalyst Music Promotions.

NOTE TO EDITORS:   Further information is available from Anthony Pither, Director of Music, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2781, facsimile 0116 252 2782, email

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