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 leading orchestras at home and abroad. In 2010/11 he made his debut with both the London Symphony Orchestra (at the Barbican) and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (at Philharmonic Hall) as well as performing with the RPO in the Royal Albert Hall. John Lenehan has collaborated with many leading instrumentalists and is recognised as an outstanding accompanist and chamber musician. During the past few years he has appeared in major concert halls in Amsterdam, Vienna, Salzburg, New York, Washington, Toronto, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.
John Lenehan has made more than sixty CDs – most recently the fourth volume of a complete edition of John Ireland’s piano music (on Naxos). This final disc in the series includes the Piano Concerto – in which he is joined by the RLPO conducted by John Wilson – 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 – described as “definitive” and “a landmark disc” in the Observer and, with Julian Lloyd Webber, a disc of music by Delius and Ireland which was chosen on its release as the Classic FM disc of the week.
John Lenehan is also active as a composer and has written and arranged for Angelika Kirchschlager, Kennedy, Julian Lloyd Webber, Tasmin Little and Emma Johnson. His compositions are published by Faber, Novello and Schotts. During 2012 he arranged and orchestrated for new recordings by Nicola Benedetti, the crossover pianist Maksim, accordionist Ksenjia Sidorova with BBC NOW as well as the tenor (and star of the 2012 last night at the proms) Joseph Calleja with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Recent performances have included the world premiere of “Genesis Suite” by Tolga Kashif with the London Symphony Orchestra, Ireland’s Piano Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, recitals with Sarah Chang in Italy, Tasmin Little in China and the debut concerts as pianist in the London Soloists Ensemble. The group have been appointed associate ensemble at St. John’s Smith Square, London and will make it’s first CD for Naxos next year. John will also be recording the complete piano music of E.J. Moeran, again for Naxos. Further recordings with Julian Lloyd Webber and Emma Johnson have also been recorded is year.