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Margaret Fingerhut

“One of the most radiantly musical of pianists, she plays with such alluring sensitivity and effortless command that one cannot help but be won over” (International Piano)

Margaret Fingerhut is regarded as one of the most distinguished and poetic pianists of her generation who has captivated audiences in many different countries with her imaginatively designed recital programmes in which she explores the highways and byways of the piano repertoire.  As a concerto soloist she has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the London Mozart Players, in major venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican. She is often heard on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and many radio stations worldwide.

Her extensive and eclectic discography on the Chandos label has received worldwide critical acclaim and won many accolades. Her numerous discs reflect her long-standing fascination with exploring lesser-known repertoire, including works by Bainton, Bax, Berkeley, Bloch, Dukas, Falla, Grieg, Howells, Leighton, Novák, Stanford and Suk as well as pioneering collections of Russian and French piano music.  Two of her Bax recordings - the Octet with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble and the Concertante for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra with Vernon Handley and the BBC Philharmonic - were short-listed for Gramophone awards. Her disc of solo piano music by the Polish/French composer Alexandre Tansman was awarded the accolade of “Diapason D’Or” in France and received high praise: “A triumph of piano playing” (Pianist). Her latest CD of encores, "Endless Song", was Featured Album of the Week on Classic FM and was selected as “Editor's Choice” in Pianist magazine as well as being awarded an "Outstanding" accolade in International Record Review.

Margaret was the soloist in the world premičre recording of Percy Young's arrangement of Elgar's sketches for his Piano Concerto slow movement. Other premiere recordings include piano pieces by Sergey Taneyev, the discovery of a student piece by Rachmaninov, Bax's Octet, Edgar Bainton's Concerto Fantasia and various solo  works by Howells, Leighton, Lennox Berkeley and Michael Berkeley.  “Margaret Fingerhut deserves our most heartfelt admiration for her championship of the byways of the British repertoire twentieth century piano repertory.” MusicWeb International

Margaret formerly taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and she is now Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and a Visiting Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire where she has recently been made an Honorary Fellow.  She is a regular guest at summer schools such as Chetham's, Jackdaws, Dartington, Birmingham International Piano Academy and the International Summer School of Music at Shrewsbury. Her teaching at Dartington was described by The Spectator magazine as demonstrating “enormous skill and sympathy”. She has given masterclasses in the USA, Canada and China, and she has also been on the jury for many competitions including the BBC Young Musician of the Year.

In addition to her performing and teaching, Margaret has also written articles for magazines such as Classical Music, Pianist and Piano Professional.