Peter Lawson was born in Manchester and studied there with Derrick Wyndham and Sulamita Aronovsky. He has since appeared as soloist with most British orchestras, frequently broadcasting for radio 3 as well as giving recitals throughout the UK and playing in Holland, France, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Luxembourg, Japan and Russia.
With a repertoire stretching from the baroque to contemporary jazz, Peter’s many commercial recordings reflect a particular interest in 20th century music and include Satie (for EMI and awarded a Silver Disc), American Sonatas (2 volumes for Virgin Classics) and Michael Nyman’s concerto (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra). He also works with the Equivox Trio (featuring Rob Buckland, saxophone and Simone Rebello, percussion), Tango5 (recreating the tango quintets of Piazzolla) and the recorder player John Turner with whom he has collaborated on many recordings of British music.
In 1993, as a recipient of a prestigious Churchill Fellowship, he spent 6 weeks touring the USA, researching repertoire and meeting composers.
Peter is a tutor in piano and tutor in contemporary piano at the RNCM, an examiner for the Associated Board and at various times, external examiner at Sheffield, Huddersfield, Edinburgh-Napier universities and Birmingham Conservatoire.