Driver’s playing is always beautifully measured and marked by an exquisitely deft precision.
— Graham Lock, International Piano
The international critical acclaim that Danny Driver’s recordings and performances have generated over recent years has cemented his reputation as one of Britain’s most respected and versatile pianists. Described variously as ‘bold, exuberant and precise’ [The Guardian] and of ‘impeccable technique and musicianship’ [Gramophone], he has earned two Gramophone Award nominations, a National Public Radio Top 10 Award and, most recently, Limelight Magazine’s Instrumental Recording of the Year 2014 Award for his recording of Handel’s Eight Great Suites.
Danny Driver’s recent concerto appearances have included the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Minnesota Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, and Hong Kong Pro Arte. He has appeared twice at the BBC Proms, most recently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Charles Dutoit. Other distinguished conductors with whom Driver has performed include Andrew Litton, Richard Farnes, Martyn Brabbins, Rebecca Miller, Rory Macdonald, Christopher Warren-Green, James Macmillan, and Bramwell Tovey; during 2016-17 he will perform together with Alexander Shelley and Mario Venzago.
Recitals feature prominently in Danny Driver’s schedule of engagements; he has appeared regularly at Wigmore Hall, most recently in a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast recital (Handel, Adès, Beethoven, C P E Bach, Schumann), in Germany, Italy, Israel, Sweden, the USA, China, and at many major venues in the UK. Highlights of Driver’s 2016-17 schedule will include début performances at the Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series (London), Music Toronto, the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal, and the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris.
As a chamber musician Danny Driver has appeared at the Australian Chamber Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, Birdfoot Music Festival, Eilat Chamber Music Festival, Cayman Arts Festival, and Stockholm’s Festival O/Modernt. He collaborates regularly with violinist Chloë Hanslip, with whom he will perform extensively in Ireland, the UK, and Italy during April/May 2016, and with baritone Christian Immler, with whom he has given broadcast recitals for Deutschland Radio and Radio France. Driver’s long-standing partnership with ‘cellist Oliver Coates recently included performance of Morton Feldman’s Patterns in a Chromatic Field at King’s Place and Adès’ Lieux Retrouvés.
Driver’s fruitful relationship with London-based Hyperion Records has spawned a thoroughly acclaimed discography of works by C P E Bach, Handel, Schumann, and Balakirev, and also highly praised interpretations of neglected British composers such York Bowen, Benjamin Dale and Erik Chisholm, all of whom he has championed in concert as well as on record. A second contribution to Hyperion’s epic Romantic Piano Concerto Series, featuring works by Amy Beach, Dorothy Howell and Cécile Chaminade, is due for release in October 2016.
Danny Driver trained with Alexander Kelly and Piers Lane whilst studying at Cambridge University, with Irina Zaritskaya at the Royal College of Music in London, and completed his studies privately with Maria Curcio. As a student he won numerous awards including the Royal Over-Seas League Keyboard Competition and the title of BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year.