Sebastian Stanley, the young and critically acclaimed British pianist has given recitals in all reaches of the globe.
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Sebastian Stanley, the young and critically acclaimed British pianist has given recitals in all reaches of the globe. Since graduating from the Royal College of Music in 2008 his career has gone from strength to strength with his performances receiving rave reviews.
The critics have described him as 'a rare talent', 'destined for the finest concert halls', and showing 'astounding virtuosity'. Along with his solo recital and duo chamber music activities with the clarinetist Jonathan Parkin, he enjoys performing on cruise liners throughout the world as a classical soloist. He has enjoyed much success in the UK and Spain particularly, where he has performed in hundreds of venues for concert societies, festivals and private parties. His expansive solo and concerto repertoire ranges from works by Scarlatti and Bach to Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Busoni and Da Falla.
Commencing lessons at the age of 13, Sebastian was a late starter to the world of the piano and music in general. After the astonishing progress Sebastian made in his initial two years of study he gained a place at the RCM Junior Department where he had the help of the esteemed professor Emily Jeffrey, who has subsequently mentored 2 BBC Young Musician of the Year winners. Following this, his full time mentors during his two degrees were Niel Immelman, Kathron Sturrock, Ruth Nye and Christopher Elton. He has also received master class tuition from piano legends such as Menahem Pressler, Claude Frank, Gary Graffman, Olga Kern, John Lill, Joanna MacGregor and Stephen Kovacevich.
Sebastian can add several international prize wins to his name including the coveted Chappell Medal at the RCM (2006), the London Emanuel Trophy (2007) and 1st Prize in the International Louise Henriette competition in Germany (2004). More recently Sebastian has also represented the small UK contingent of pianists in major worldwide competitions such as the International Grieg Competition in Bergen (2012), the International Scottish Piano Competition (2010) and the International Liszt Competition (2009). He is also sought after as a piano teacher and has enjoyed giving masterclasses around the UK, something he feels passionate about to encourage interest in the classical piano repertoire. He is currently represented by Ellison and Stromsholm Artist Management and more recently Gary Parkes Music Ltd.
Sebastian has broadcast on BBC Radio 3's In tune and Breakfast shows, Celtic Music Radio, and has been signed by the label EMEC Discos for a 4 year period. His first two discs 'El amor y la muerte' and 'Granados - Spanish Dances and Goyescas' have been praised highly and received numerous 5 star reviews. His next disc, a collaboration between himself and his duo partner, Jonathan Parkin, is due for release later in 2014, and 2015 will see him record the 2 major Tchaikovsky piano sonatas.
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"...I would not choose to be without this newcomer. The interpretation is beguiling to the ear and reaches the heart as few others have done." - Alan Becker, American Record Guide
"A prodigious talent... This young pianist is a perfect exponent of this beautiful music" - Music Web International
"We were indeed fortunate to experience this young man's playing so early in his career for he is certainly destined for the finest concert-halls." - Antony Hopkins