Internationally acclaimed pianist Graham Caskie is renowned for his interpretations of the piano music of Schubert, Brahms and Debussy and Ravel. Recent recitals have included both Books of Debussy Preludes and the Sonatas and complete Klavierstucke of Brahms. He is also a keen advocate of contemporary music, jazz and improvisation, commissioning several works from leading composers including Stephen Goss, Matthew King, John Cooney and Marcel Baudet.
His first professional recording, on the Metier label, included works by Michael Tippett, John McCabe, Paul Patterson and Nigel Clarke, and he worked closely with all these composers prior to the recording. Marcel Baudet’s El Mestengo was premiered and broadcast live from the Choir Hall at the Concertgebouw and subsequently in concert at the Bimhuis, in Amsterdam. Graham Caskie’s collaborations with composer Stephen Goss began in 2003 with an ideal insomnia, a group of four short pieces for solo piano. Subsequently Caskie’s CD recording Preludes and Interludes, (2008) for which Stephen Goss was commissioned to write nine Interludes designed to be played amongst the Twelve Debussy Preludes, Book One, was reviewed to critical acclaim in Gramophone Magazine. However, the initial collaboration and essentially ‘part one’ of this project began with the commissioning of 12 paintings from the artist Brian Dunce, one dedicated to each of these Debussy Preludes. In turn Stephen Goss was therefore able to draw inspiration from both the music of Debussy and the paintings of Brian Dunce. Marking 100 years since the death of Debussy and 10 years after the release of the Preludes and Interludes CD, Graham Caskie’s recitals in 2018 will feature this extraordinary programme. Without an interval this programme is approximately 75 minutes in duration, but can be presented with a short break at a half way point.
Current chamber music partnerships include a duo with cellist Thomas Carroll, introducing into their programmes new works specially written for them, including two works by Stephen Goss, Caught Between (Cello and Piano) and Concerto for Five, a Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello, Saxaphone and Double Bass) which was premiered in London at Cadogan Hall with the Orpheus Foundation Orchestra. Graham Caskie and Thomas Carroll have also recorded the Chopin Sonata for Cello and Piano.
Graham Caskie was born in Darlington in 1967, and studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Music under Frank Wibaut, Hamish Milne and Alexander Kelly. Graham currently teaches at The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Chetham’s School of Music.