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David Pyatt

  • Horn Player


David Pyatt: In addition to his many radio broadcasts for the BBC and independent television and radio, David has recorded frequently for CD. His recordings for EMI of the Strauss Concertos and the Britten Serenade with the Britten Sinfonia and Nicholas Cleobury were met with tremendous critical acclaim, with Gramophone naming him as their Young Artist of the Year. In 1996 he signed an exclusive contract with Erato Disques. His first disc on Erato, featuring the Mozart Concertos with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, was Gramophone’s Recording of the Month in July 1997. His second disc of horn and piano works with Martin Jones was followed by a recording of English music with Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Peter Donohoe and Levon Chilingirian. In 2003 a recording of Schubert's Auf dem Strom with Michael Schade and Graham Johnson was issued by Hyperion. Spring 2006 saw the release of his recording for Quartz of the Brahms Horn Trio with members of the Gould Piano Trio.

David Pyatt’s many concerto appearances have included performances with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hallé Orchestra, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and his Paris orchestral debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In 1999 he performed Oliver Knussen's Horn Concerto under the baton of the composer with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms and on tour in Germany. In Summer 2004 he performed at the Edinburgh International Festival (Weber Concertino with the Northern Sinfonia/Thomas Zehetmair) and at the BBC Last Night of the Proms (Strauss No 1 with the BBC Symphony/Leonard Slatkin), televised worldwide.  He repeated this with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Prague Autumn Festival 2006. In April 2006 he performed Richard Rodney Bennett’s Actaeon with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican to celebrate the composer’s 70th birthday.   In 2007 he premiered John McCabe's concert Rainforest 1V with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Tadaaki Otaka.

As a recitalist and chamber musician David has performed in the prestigious Carte blanche aux vents series at the Louvre in Paris, alongside colleagues including Maurice Bourgue, Christian Tetzlaff and Emmanuel Pahud. With Gordan Nikolitch and Eric le Sage he has performed at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. At the BBC Chamber Proms in 2003 David was joined by Gordan Nikolitch and pianist Leon McCawley in a highly-acclaimed performance of the Brahms and Ligeti Trios.   He gave a recital with Leon McCawley at the 2007 Edinburgh International Festival, in a recital to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the legendary horn player Dennis Brain.

His repertoire is extensive, ranging from the works of Telemann, Haydn and Mozart to those of leading contemporary composers. In February 2007 he premiered a concerto by John McCabe, commissioned for him by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and gave its London premiere at the 2009 Proms.