ZIMBABWEAN born pianist, Ian Gaukroger, now based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is set for a dazzling recital at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) marking a memorable return to his country of birth where he has not been living for many year
Gaukroger began his musical career in Zimbabwe, where he studied with Dulcie Bell. He then went on to the Royal College of Music, studying with Bernard Roberts and Yonty Solomon, winning the top prize for piano — the “Chappell Medal”.
He was awarded a Masters degree at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he also won the concerto competition.
His performance of Prokofiev’s third piano concerto with the Eastman School Symphony was highly-acclaimed by the press: “Gaukroger’s fingers injected liquid precision into the Prokofiev (3rd piano concerto). The outer movements were flashy without waxing flamboyant, and the moody inner movement shifted from wild to dreamy to shimmering with kaleidoscopic clarity.”
A gifted pianist, Gaukroger has performed across the world at such diverse places as London’s South Bank, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and the United States.
Annual visits to France for solo and chamber music recitals at La Corroirie, a prestigious concert venue founded by Comtesse Guy de Mareuil, and the Caribbean, are constant fixtures of his concert agenda.
He has made recordings for various radio stations including the BBC, Hessische Rundfunk, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Radio New Zealand.
Leading a busy performing life, Gaukroger now divides his time between solo engagements, chamber music and orchestral playing.
He is the principal pianist for the Netherlands Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra, based in Amsterdam, as well as the Arnhem Philharmonic.
With the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra he has appeared on several occasions as a soloist, most notably on a tour of the United States in performances of Saint-Saëns’ Carnaval des Animaux with Philippe Entremont as fellow soloist.
Gaukroger brings to Hifa his “music of passion, perfection and musical integrity”. — Staff Writer.