Mar 23

Lebrecht Music Obituary photos of Peter Katin

Lebrecht Music & Arts Obituary Photos of Peter Katin 14 Movember 1930 22 March 2015

Peter Katin, British pianist, joined the Royal Academy of Music aged 12, He studied there under Harold Craxton. He made his debut at the London Wigmore Hall in December 1948. He went on to give concerts in England, Europe, Africa, the USA, and Japan. He went of to specialise in Romantic music and wrote many articles on piano technique and interpretation.

Peter KATIN portrait . English pianist,
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KATIN, Peter playing piano at the RFH, Feb 1992
© Robin Del Mar

Mar 16

Toni Morrison, Claudia Rankine and Roz Chast honoured at NBCC awards

Ros Chast has just won the 2014 award for Best Autobiography at the NBCC (National Book Critics Circle) ceremony in New York in her graphic novel Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant – published by Bloomsbury

See the link to other photos at the awards ceremony:

Roz Chast

John Lahr

Lebrecht Photographer: Miriam Berkley

Mar 12

Sir Terry Pratchett dies aged 66

Sir Terry Pratchett, English fantasy novelist and the UK’s best-selling author of the 1990s, has died aged 66, after suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Lebrecht photographers have captured various portraits of Pratchett during his career, including these wonderful shots where he is wearing his trademark black fedora hat.

Terry Pratchett -
© Mirrorpix/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Terry Pratchett
© D.Pilkington/Lebrecht Music & Arts

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© Hollandse Hoogte/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Mar 10

Spotted on the Berlin underground!


The Staatsoper im Schiller Theater recently selected a Lebrecht image to promote their Berg Fest and we have just received these wonderful photos of their striking poster on display in the Berlin underground and around the city. We love seeing our images in action!

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Feb 27

Celebrating Vaslav Nijinsky and March anniversary highlights

Igor Stravinsky's 'Petrushka' with
March is a great month for anniversaries and, here at Lebrecht, we are particularly excited about the 125th birth anniversary of Vaslav Nijinsky, the Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, who was famous for his work with the Ballets Russes. Our archive holds an extensive collection of photographs from early Ballets Russes performances, as well as beautiful costume designs by Leon Bakst and set designs by Pablo Picasso. Click on the pictures to view more images relating to this fascinating dance company.Plus, read on for more of our March anniversary highlights:2 March – 50th anniversary of the première of the film The Sound of Music in New York City, U.S.A.. It premièred in the U.K. on 29 March.

5 March – 200th death anniversary of Franz Mesmer, German physician who developed mesmerism, a forerunner of modern hypnotism

12 March – 125th birth anniversary of  Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer famous for his work with the Ballets Russes

14 March – 100th death anniversary of Walter Crane, British artist and children’s book illustrator

16 March – 75th death anniversary of  Selma Lagerlof, Swedish novelist and, in 1909, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

20 March – 100th birth anniversary of Soviet pianist Sviatoslav Richter

22 March – 50th anniversary of the release of Bob Dylan‘s album Bringing It All Back Home

27 March – 40th death anniversary of British conductor and composer Arthur Bliss

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France - 20th century - Paris, Ballets Russes, Seventh Season

Feb 13

Obituary Pictures from Lebrecht: Steve Strange

Steve Strange, the Welsh New romantic pop singer, was best known as the lead singer and frontman of the 1980s pop group Visage. From the late 1970s he was also a prominent nightclub host and promoter.

28 May 1959 – 12 February 2015

Steve Strange
Steve Strange (right) posing with friends showing off their punk rock fashion in 1976. British singer, born Steven John Harrington on 28 May 1959.
Photo credit : Mirrorpix/LMA