Since winning 1st prize at the Tomassoni International Piano Competition, Cologne in 2001, Lance Coburn has established himself as a charismatic performer with an exceptional facility. He has performed with most of the major Australian orchestras including the Sydney Symphony and many international symphony orchestras including the RTÉ NSO and WDR Rundfunkkorchester Köln.
Beginning his studies in his homeland of New Zealand, Lance graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with the school’s highest honours. He furthered his studies in the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. During his studies, Lance was the recipient of numerous first prizes, including the inaugural Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, the Australian Young Performers’ Award, the David Paul Landa Scholarship and the Hephizibah Menuhin Scholarship.
Lance’s reputation as a chamber musician has grown in recent years. He regularly plays with Irelands’ leading chamber musicians and has performed – as both a soloist and chamber musician – in many notable festivals. Highlights include The Beethoven International Festival in Bonn, The Dublin International Piano Festival and The Great Music in Irish Houses Festival.
He recently collaborated on a critically acclaimed CD collection of Esposito Sonatas with violinist Mia Cooper and cellist William Butt. Frequently adjudicating in Irish music festivals, Lance also gives masterclasses internationally.
He is a piano lecturer in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. Lance is a Blüthner Artist.
Always up for a challenge, Lance just spent July touring Australia and performing with Irish Dance Company Cois Ceim with their show Peter and the Wolf. He has a keen interest in sport, namely rugby and tennis and like to keep fit by jogging along the Wicklow coastline near his home.