Huw Watkins

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Pianist Watkins has premiered many new works -- including his own -- in several genres: concerto, chamber, and vocal music.
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Huw Watkins is a Welsh pianist and composer. He attended Chetham's School of Music, Cambridge University, and the Royal College of Music, and his teachers included Peter Lawson, Robin Holloway, Alexander Goehr, and Julian Anderson. He has performed with the London Sinfonietta, the Britten Sinfonia, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and he has been a guest artist at numerous festivals. He has also performed frequently for BBC Radio 3, and given recitals at the Barbican, Wigmore Hall, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institute. He has collaborated with his brother, cellist Paul Watkins, as well as with Alina Ibragimova, Daniel Hope, James Gilchrist, Nicholas Daniel, Mark Padmore, Sebastian Manz, Carolyn Sampson, Alexandra Wood, and Robin Blaze. A champion of contemporary music, Watkins has given major performances of works by Alexander Goehr, Michael Zev Gordon, Tansy Davies, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Thomas Ad├Ęs. He has recorded for Decca, Nimbus, EMI Classics, NMC, Wergo, Chandos, and Signum Classics.