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In the more than 30 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist, MURRAY PERAHIA, has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time. On March 8, 2004, he was awarded an honorary KBE by Her Majesty The Queen of England, in recognition of his outstanding service to music.
Murray Perahia performs in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has recorded Bach concertos and toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and South East Asia. Recently, Mr. Perahia embarked on an ambitious project to edit the complete Beethoven Sonatas for the Henle Urtext Edition.
Mr. Perahia has a wide and varied discography. His most recent solo recording features Franz Schubert's Late Piano Sonatas (D. 958, 959 and 960). His recording of Frederic Chopin's complete Etudes, Op. 10 and Op. 25, garnered him both the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance and Gramophone's 2003 award for Best Instrumental Recording. His recording of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" received two Grammy nominations and won the 2001 Gramophone Award for Best Instrumental Recording.
Mr. Perahia is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, and he holds an honorary doctorate from Leeds University.