Renowned for his interpretations of the piano music of Brahms and Debussy, Graham Caskie is also a keen advocate of contemporary music and improvisation. He has commissioned several works from composers including Stephen Goss, Matthew King, John Cooney and Marcel Baudet. His first professional recording for the Metier label included the Tippett Third Sonata, a work which he had previously studied with the composer. Caskie’s recording for Preludes and Interludes, for which composer Stephen Goss was commissioned to write nine Interludes, designed to be played amongst the Twelve Debussy Preludes, Book One, was reviewed to critical acclaim in Gramophone Magazine.

Current chamber music partnerships include a duo with cellist Thomas Carroll, introducing into their programmes new works specially written for them; the Orpheus Foundation commissioned Stephen Goss to write a Concerto for Piano, Cello, Saxaphone and Double Bass) which was premiered in 2013 in London at Cadogan Hall. Several of Graham Caskie’s recitals in 2012 celebrated the piano music of Debussy, including performing both Books of Preludes; recitals leading up to the composer’s birth centenary will feature most of the piano repertoire. Recently Graham Caskie has turned his attention to the piano music of Brahms, in particular the late pieces, op.116, op.117, op.118 and op.119 and more recently the Piano Sonatas.

Graham Caskie was born in Darlington in 1967, and studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Music under Frank Wibaut, Hamish Milne and Alexander Kelly. Graham currently teaches at The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Chetham’s School of Music.

 

 

Stunning playing, both technically and interpretively… providing a masterclass in pedaling…

INTERNATIONAL PIANO

 

Sensitive and evocative performance… an intriguing, impressively realised idea.

THE INDEPENDENT

 

Graham Caskie was the excellent soloist in Grieg’s A minor piano concerto. It was a bravura performance, but sensitive to the music’s lyrical beauty

EASTERN DAILY PRESS

 

Caskie is a model of poetic subtlety and discretion… his virtuosity is impeccable, his musicianship in unfaltering taste. You can only marvel at his ease and authority

GRAMOPHONE

 

Arresting, thoughtful and energetic…

THE SUNDAY TIMES

 

Caskie has got right inside Tippett’s score, releasing its irresistable energy

THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

 

Graham Caskie has the required balance of passion and control, secure and responsive

BRITISH MUSIC MAGAZINE

 

Commanding for a combination of sensitivity and virtuosity

BIRMINGHAM POST

 

An extraordinarily fine pianist… a name to watch with eager expectancy

CLASSICAL MUSIC ON THE WEB

 

His thorough artistry registered vibrantly… ardent and expansive

THE PLAIN DEALER (Cleveland USA)

 

Caskie gave a stunning account of the Tippett Third Sonata: articulate, eloquent and perfectly balanced. The Finale was given with tireless pulsation and accuracy

CLASSICAL SOURCE

 

Caskie’s tour de force reading was thrillingly persuasive, a fantastic display of steely-fingered precision

BIRMINGHAM POST

 

In Ligeti’s The Devil’s Staircase (Etude) his precision and power were truly frightening; he moved over the keyboard like a cyclone…

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE