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Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the London Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan’s performances and recordings have been acclaimed throughout the world. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras at home and abroad, most recently with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and the RPO in the Royal Albert Hall. John Lenehan has collaborated with many leading instrumentalists and is recognised as an outstanding chamber musician. During the past few years he has appeared in major concert halls in Amsterdam, Vienna, Salzburg, New York, Washington, Toronto, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo.
John Lenehan has made more than seventy CDs covering a huge range of music. Duo sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms rub shoulders with piano concertos by Michael Nyman and John Ireland, chamber music with the Nash Ensemble and jazz repertoire with Emma Johnson. The final (fourth) disc in his complete edition of John Ireland’s piano music was awarded the “editor’s choice” accolade in Gramophone and included in the I-tunes list of “best of 2011″. His other solo recordings include three discs for Sony Classical of minimalist piano works, a disc of Erik Satie (for Classic FM) and a Gramophone award-winning recording for Naxos (with the Ulster Orchestra) of Michael Nyman’s Piano Concerto. 2012 saw the release of his recording of Brahms Sonatas with Emma Johnson and, with Julian Lloyd Webber, “A Tale of Two Cellos” which ended 2013 at number one in the classical specialist charts. CDs released in 2014 include music by Vaughan Williams (with the London Soloists Ensemble) and a flute recital with William Bennett. A recital given in Toronto with the acclaimed Israeli violist Rivka Golani has been issued as a double CD by Hungaroton and other recent CD issues include the Vaughan Williams Concerto for two pianos (with Leon McCawley and the Royal Scottish SO) for Dutton Epoch and a cello and piano disc with Alexander Baillie.
John Lenehan also composes and has written and arranged for Angelika Kirchschlager, Nigel Kennedy, Julian Lloyd Webber, Tasmin Little and Emma Johnson. His compositions are published by Faber, Novello and Schotts. His most recent arrangements on CD include a tango for Nicola Benedetti, Brahms for Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang as well as songs for the tenor Joseph Calleja with the BBC Concert Orchestra.