Daniel-Ben Pienaar - piano
Daniel-Ben Pienaar was born in South Africa and came to public notice at the age of fourteen, performing Liszt's Concerto in E-flat major. He was educated at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he was a winner of the Queen's Commendation. He is now Curzon Lecturer in Performance Studies at the Academy and combines his teaching activities with recording projects and concerts.
Pienaar's international recital appearances include performances of works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin. His solo discography comprises both books of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, the Chopin Ballades, the first complete recording of the keyboard music of Orlando Gibbons, Mozart's complete Piano Sonatas (one of the top five Sunday Times recommendations for 2011), Bach's Goldberg Variations and Beethoven's Diabelli Variations.
Future plans for the studio include returning to the Schubert Sonatas and Bach Partitas. His chamber music collaborations include three previous recordings for Linn of mainly seventeenth and nineteenth-century music in his own arrangements for trumpet and piano, with Jonathan Freeman-Attwood. As producer he has been involved in a number of recordings for the Royal Academy of Music's in-house label.
‘He offers answers that push the music to the brink though the bounds of credibility aren't breached. His is a tough but thought-provoking approach.' Gramophone
‘A kaleidoscope of colours and textures in performances that combined the dramatic with the ethereal, the monumental with the intimate.' International Piano
‘Daniel-Ben Pienaar's performances are quite simply stunning. The instrument he plays matters much less than his musicianship, which is evident at every turn.' Gramophone
'Romantic Trumpet Sonatas' is the 'Choice for the Curious'...
11 May 2011
Classic FM's David Mellor praises the "thrilling" albummore >>Jonathan Freeman-Attwood featured on BBC Radio 3
12 March 2011
CD Review with Andrew McGregormore >>The Romantic Trumpet - out on 7th March
26 February 2011
A new life for Trumpet repertoiremore >>
American Record Guide
'Jonathan Freeman-Attwood has a pure trumpet tone quality...'more >>Limelight
'An agreeable Bachian tonic to cure jaded musical sensibilities'more >>International Record Review
'wonderfully clean and vibrant lines contrast with the elaborate shapes of J.S. ...The programme is very well sequenced. As for the playing itself, I can find no fault: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood is clearly an amazing trumpeter and Daniel-Ben Pienaar, who has arranged all but one of the items deftly, is more than equal to the technical demands he sets himself. A very enjoyable release.’Northamptonshire Telegraph
‘…all-round Renaissance Man Jonathan Freeman-Attwood appl[es] is his vibrant technique…in a unique recital…well worth investigating.’more >>Brass Review
'There is a special beauty in the playing of Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, supported by Daniel-Ben Pienaar's stunning accompaniment on this album. Their performance is vibrant, lyrical, making for compulsive serious listening.'more >>MusicWeb International
'...Freeman-Attwood has a simply golden tone and full command of his instrument...'more >>Gramophone
'...full of lyricism and life...'more >>International Record Review
"Freeman-Attwood and Pienaar deliver all four pieces with tremendous panache...The listener can simply sit back and enjoy it all."more >>AudioVideoHD
'...Jonathan Freeman-Atwood nos abre a una nueva dimensión sonora en la que la trompeta...'more >>BCB Radio 3 - CD Review
‘The transcriptions and the performances are impressive...'more >>Audiophile Audition
"...these works sound glorious in their new clothes..."more >>