About Hamish Milne
Pianist Hamish Milne was a proponent of the Romantic repertoire, especially that of Nikolai Medtner. He performed as a soloist with major British orchestras, was a frequent performer on BBC broadcasts, gave concerts throughout the world, and was an educator and an author.
Milne was born in Salisbury, England, on April 27, 1939. He attended Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury, then studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Harold Craxton. He went on for further studies with Guido Agosti at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. While there, he attended master classes by Pablo Casals, Alfred Cortot, Andr?s Segovia, and Sergiu Celibidache. Celibidache left an impression on Milne, which influenced his playing for the rest of his life. Milne made his professional debut in 1963. He began to study the music of Medtner in the 1970s, and in 1975, he commenced a series of recordings for CRD Records, offering the first recorded survey of Medtner's piano music. Often performing the music of Medtner as a recitalist and orchestral soloist, he toured across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the U.S., giving special performances in Moscow for the Medtner Festival in 1995, 2006, and 2007.
Milne made his Proms debut in 1978 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Hans Zender. Milne went on to perform with many of the major British orchestras and appeared on over 200 BBC broadcasts. He was also active as a chamber musician; he was a member of the Pro Arte Piano Quartet, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, and a piano trio with Manoug Parikian and Amaryllis Fleming. His other collaborators included Ji?? B?rta, Martyn Brabbins, Konstantin Lifschitz, and Kurt Sanderling. Along with CRD Records, he recorded for the Chandos, Danacord, Decca, and Hyperion labels. His 2005 Hyperion recording of Russian Bach transcriptions earned a Diapason d'Or. In 2007, he issued the first complete recording of Medtner's Skazki, which earned a Gramophone Award nomination.
Milne returned to the Royal Academy of Music in 1978 as a piano professor; he also taught at the University of London. As an author, he published the book Bart?k: His Life and Times in 1982, as well as articles on Liszt, Bart?k, and Hindemith for Heritage of Music in 1989. Milne died on February 12, 2020, at age 80. ~ Keith Finke