Ian Brown – English pianist and conductor active as soloist and chamber musician, valued partner of many prominent soloists, such as Mstislav Rostropovitch, Henryk Szeryng, Ruggiero Ricci, Elisabeth Söderström, Felicity Lott, and James Galway. From 1978, he is member of the Nash Ensemble, with which he appeared at all British festivals and regular concerts at Wigmore Hall, in addition to making numerous recordings. As conductor he leads concerts primarily with British orchestras.
On January 3, 1980, at London’s Wigmore Hall, Ian Brown and the oboist Janet Craxton participated in the world premiere of Epitaph by Witold Lutosławski. The composition was commissioned from Witold Lutosławski by Janet Craxton following the death of her husband, pianist and composer Alan Richardson, in 1978. Epitaph has first been heard at a concert devoted entirely to the memory of Richardson. This is the only of the Polish composer’s chamber pieces, which has not been instrumentated by him.kt / trans. mk