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Roy Howat

  • Pianist
  • Teacher


A Steinway Artist, Roy Howat knows much of his concert repertoire from the composers' manuscripts, and is one of the founding editors, with Pierre Boulez and others, of the Paris-based Complete Debussy Edition (Œuvres Complètes de Claude Debussy), for which he has edited much of the piano music.  Among his other publications are Urtext volumes of Fauré (mostly for Peters Edition), two seminal books (Debussy in proportion and the newly published The Art of French piano music), an English edition of Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger's classic Chopin, pianist and teacher, and chapters in numerous other books on Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Bartók and other topics.  His championship of Chabrier has led to recordings and a Dover edition of  Chabrier's marvellous piano music.  Following a three-year AHRB Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, since 2003 he has been Keyboard Research Fellow at London's Royal Academy of Music.

Roy Howat has played concerts and broadcast with an array of distinguished soloists, chamber groups and singers.  His recent performances with the Panocha Quartet in Japan, the Czech Republic and the UK (including the Wigmore Hall) have brought the house down, and in 2001 he toured in Egypt as both pianist and violist with the Sarastro Ensemble.

Roy Howat's new book, The Art of French piano music, was chosen as 2009 Book of the Year by International Piano, and has earned citations including 'Outstanding' in International Record Review and 'Editor's Choice' in Classical Music.  Equally enthusiastic reviews have appeared in Musical Times, Piano and Gramophone.