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…
Sensitive and evocative performance… an intriguing, impressively realised idea.
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
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
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
Caskie’s tour de force reading was thrillingly persuasive, a fantastic display of steely-fingered precision
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