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Duncan Glenday Pianist & Tutor

British pianist Duncan Glenday enjoys a busy and varied performing career as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher.

An alumnus of the Royal Northern College of Music, he has performed over 300 concerts throughout the UK, appearing at venues such as: St James’ Piccadilly, London; the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford; and at the Lowry, Salford Quays with the Northern Chamber Orchestra. In 2010 he also gave a solo recital at the inaugural Geneva International Academy and Festival.

As a soloist, he has performed over 20 concertos, including mainstream works by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt, Brahms and Rachmaninov, plus works by Dohnanyi, Copland and Henze with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, working with conductors such as Nicholas Kok, En Shao, Edward Warren and Benjamin Ellin. Being committed to new music, he has premiered new works by Ed Hughes, Camden Reeves and Stephen Montague; and featured in the launch of the ABRSM’s ‘Spectrum 2’ series at Wigmore Hall alongside Richard Rodney Bennett.

A keen chamber musician, Duncan has appeared at the Lake District Summer Music Festival, and the Buxton, Ryedale and Isle of Wight Festivals, amongst others. Regular duo partners include mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge, a former BBC New Generation Artist, and violinist Sophie Rosa, with whom he is currently performing a series of the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas.

Duncan is a tutor of piano at the University of Manchester, and also teaches in his private studio in North Manchester. He has previously held piano teaching positions at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department.

Duncan is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Uppermill Summer Music Festival in Saddleworth.



Further info

Concerto Repertoire

Beethoven No 1 in C
Beethoven No 2 in Bb
Beethoven No 3 in C minor
Beethoven No 5 in E flat
Brahms No 1 in D minor

Copland Concerto
Dohnanyi Variations on a Nursery Rhyme
Grieg Concerto in A minor
Liszt No 1 in Eb

Mozart No 17 in G K453
Mozart No 20 in D minor K466
Mozart No 21 in C K467
Mozart No 23 in A K488

Poulenc D min for 2 pianos
Rachmaninov No 2 in C minor
Rachmaninov Paganini Rhapsody
Ravel Concerto in G
Schumann Concerto in A minor

Sample Programmes for 2022

Painters and Poets
Shakespeare, Petrarch, Heine and paintings by Raphael and Goya are all brought to life in this highly colourful and evocative programme.

Beethoven Sonata in D min “Tempest”
Liszt Sposalizio
Petrarch Sonnet no 104
Schumann/Liszt Widmung

Granados The Maiden and the Nightingale
Prokofiev Pieces from Romeo and Juliet

Schubert and Chopin were the first to elevate Impromptus and Fantasies to works of high art. Schubert’s beloved Impromptus of 1827 are here paired with astonishingly original masterpieces of Schumann and Chopin.

Mozart Fantasia in D minor
Schubert 4 Impromptus D935

Schumann Fantasiestucke Book 1
Chopin Fantasie-Impromptu
Polonaise-Fantasie op 61

Franz Liszt and Friends
Some of Liszt’s well-known works alongside  gems  by his immediate contemporaries.

Mendelssohn Prelude and Fugue in E min
Schumann Kinderszenen
Chopin Polonaise in A flat “Heroic” op 53

Liszt Benediction of God in Solitude
Liszt Consolations and Liebestraume
Liszt Waltz from Gounod’s “Faust”

A few recent recordings

Chopin: Nocturne in E flat op.9 no.2

Wagner arr. Liszt: Isolde's Liebestod

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Verdi arr. Liszt: Concert Paraphrase from Rigoletto