This season Karl Lutchmayer has been invited to become a Steinway Artist, setting yet another seal on an extraordinary career. Equally renowned as a pianist and lecturer, his innovative London lecture-recital series, Conversational Concerts, continues to garner critical and public acclaim, whilst, following his landmark recitals celebrating the Liszt Bicentenary, invitations have flooded in from 4 continents to give recitals celebrating the Alkan Bicentenary.
Born of Indian parents in London, Karl is also a committed educator, lecturing at Trinity College of Music, London, where he is Professor of Performing Practice, and giving regular guest lectures at the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York. He also retains piano professorships at Eltham College and the Ithaca College London Center and is in demand as a coach for young artists in their early careers. A prominent figure in the field of public music appreciation, he gives pre-concert talks at venues including the Wigmore Hall, writes a weekly classical music column for London Time Out, and has contributed articles to numerous magazines and books.
From the USA to Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia, Karl has given recitals and concertos throughout the world, working with conductors including Lorin Maazel and Sir Andrew Davis, and performed at all the major London concert halls. He has broadcast on BBC Radio3, All India Radio and Classic FM, and is a regular chamber performer, particularly with his own ensemble, Dialogos. A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Karl has also given over 90 world premieres and had many works written especially for him.
He studied at the Royal College of Music under Peter Wallfisch and John Barstow and also undertook periods of study with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatoire. For his Masters’ degree he conducted extensive research into performing practice in the piano music of Busoni, since when his research interests have grown to include Liszt, Alkan, Enescu, The Creative Transcription Network, reception theory, and the history of piano recital programming. He later returned to his alma mater and started his lecturing career when the prestigious Constant & Kit Lambert Fellowship was awarded to him by the Worshipful Company of Musicians - the first time in its history that it was awarded to an instrumentalist.
When not traveling the world, Karl resides in London, where he indulges his other passion – classic cars - with a collection which includes a 1968 Triumph Spitfire, and his new pride and joy, a 1965 XKE Jaguar.