Steven Osborne


October 29, 2017, 4 PM

The Warne Ballroom at the Cosmos Club

Born in Scotland in 1971, Steven Osborne is one of the finest pianists of his generation. Osborne performs a wide repertoire, with particular specializations in French, Russian, and British music. His spontaneity, technical brilliance, and spiritual depth are ideally matched to Messiaen’s monumental cycle Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus, completed in 1944. Osborne’s acclaimed recording of the Vingt Regards was released in 2002, and he has since given hugely successful live performances of the cycle. A series of contemplations on the Christ child evoked in music of emotional power, the work was inspired by Messiaen’s deeply-held Catholic faith and is unquestionably one of the most original piano works of the 20th century. This will be Osborne’s third performance at the Phillips.

Please note that this concert's duration is two hours without intermission.


Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus (1944)
     Regard du Père
     Regard de l'étoile
     Regard de la Vierge
     Regard du Fils sur le Fils
     Par Lui tout a été fait
     Regard de la Croix
     Regard des hauteurs
     Regard du temps
     Regard de l'Esprit de joie
     Première communion de la Vierge
     La parole toute puissante
     Regard des Anges
     Le baiser de l'Enfant-Jésus
     Regard des prophètes, des bergers et des Mages
     Regard du silence
     Regard de l'Onction terrible
     Je dors, mais mon cœur veille
     Regard de l'Église d'amour 

Please note that this concert takes place at the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave., NW.



Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s most notable musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show an immense musical depth. His numerous awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and two Gramophone Awards for recordings of Britten’s works for piano and orchestra and of solo works by Prokofiev and Mussorgsky.

Concerto performances take Osborne to major orchestras all over the world including recent visits to the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Salzburg Mozarteum, Oslo Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Danish National Radio, London Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, and Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He has enjoyed collaborations with conductors including Christoph von Dohnanyi, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Stéphane Denève, Ludovic Morlot, Juanjo Mena, Leif Segerstam, Andrew Litton, Ingo Metzmacher, Vladimir Jurowski, Ed Gardner, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

He is a favorite soloist of British orchestras and for the 2016/2017 season is Artist in Residence with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Reflecting his eclectic musical taste, Osborne brings concertos by Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Messiaen, Britten, and Tippett to Birmingham. He regularly works with the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with whom he recently completed a Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle, and last August made his thirteenth appearance at the Proms.

Osborne’s recitals of carefully crafted programs are publicly and critically acclaimed without exception. In recent seasons he has held residencies at both De Singel in Antwerp and at Wigmore Hall and has performed in many of the world’s prestigious venues including the Konzerthaus Vienna, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Berlin, de Doelen Rotterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. His chamber music partners include Alban Gerhardt, Paul Lewis, James Ehnes, Dietrich Henschel, and Alina Ibragimova.

Highlights of 2016/2017 season include performances with the Oslo Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic. St Louis Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Hallé, and BBC Symphony. Recital tours take him to Japan, Italy, Belgium, the US, and Wigmore Hall.

This past season welcomed the release of his 25th recording on the Hyperion label spanning an 18-year partnership. These releases accumulated numerous awards from the UK, France, Germany, and the US including two Gramophone Awards, three Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik Awards, a Choc in Classica Magazine and many “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone. His recordings span a wide range of repertoire including Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, Ravel, Liszt, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Medtner, Messiaen, Britten, Tippett, Crumb, and Feldman. His second recording of Beethoven sonatas, Opus numbers 90, 10, and 106 was released in October 2016 and his recording of the Ravel Piano Concertos coupled with de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain was released in spring 2017.

Osborne won first prize at the prestigious Clara Haskil Competition in 1991 and the Naumburg International Competition in 1997. Born in Scotland, he studied with Richard Beauchamp at St. Mary's Music School in Edinburgh and Renna Kellaway at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in March 2014.