Here are some recordings of my playing, made when I was 16 and 17.

There's more to come, plus a page for my students.


I performed Ravel's Sonatine as part of a recital, aged 16. You can hear the nerves in the splodges of wrong notes in the first movement (and I'm not sure how I got away with the rit at the end of the first phrase). But there are moments, I think, when I was just playing Ravel. I'm sorry about the rap airhorn effect at the beginning: this was recorded onto antique reel-to-reel tape, and the beep sound is a quaint 20th-century recording marker.

I love Brahms. I used to think that there could be no such thing as a 'favourite' composer: that I was simply in love with whatever I was playing at the time. But I feel that I have been coming 'home' to Brahms ever since I was first introduced to him through the 'Edward' Ballade in D Minor, Opus 10. This recording, of the first Intermezzo in Opus 118, was made in a studio, and is introduced by my teacher at the time, Anthony Walker.

 
 

This was part of the same recital as the Ravel. I think it's one of the most beautiful of Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus. I love being part of an audience when it holds its breath collectively for a moment at the end of a performance before applauding, and it's pretty special when you're the performer.

More Brahms. This is the final Intermezzo in Opus 118: No 6 in E-flat minor. I think it's the definition of the word 'ineffable'.

 
 

Continuing on the French 20th-century theme, here's Poulenc's Sonata for Two Pianos. This was part of a recital I did with the late Surendran Reddy. There's more two-piano stuff on my Soundcloud account (Milhaud's Scaramouche, and an arrangement of Bach's Fugue in G Minor BWV 578).