The New Zealand-born, UK-based pianist and teacher Colin Horsley has died at the age of 92. Horsley made his solo debut with Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.3 and developed a particular artistic association with the composer Lennox Berkelely. Horsley premiered music by Humphrey Searle and he recorded music by Mozart and Berkeley, and John Ireland's Piano Concerto, as well as several duo-works with violinist Max Rostal.

Robert Matthew-Walker recalls Colin Horsley as a "bloody good pianist. Not many people know that he was the pianist in the world premiere of Medtner's Piano Quintet. I think it was in 1950 or 1951. It may have been his last work. He was too ill to play it himself, but he was in the audience. Medtner was most appreciative."

Colin Horsley was born on 23 April 1920 and died on 28 July 2012.

 

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