Barry Douglas


Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland, the only all-Ireland orchestra and the Clandeboye Festival, he aims to nurture new young talent from Ireland whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule. Recent tours this year have included Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Poland, Russia, UK, Italy, Japan, Ireland and the USA. 

Barry Douglas, pianist – New Ross Piano Festival 2019 – Photo Benjamin Ealovega

In 16/17 he marked the 30th anniversary of his Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition win with Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland in Dublin and the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. A highly sought after recitalist and chamber musician, he has given performances across the globe from Royal Albert Hall, Barbican and Wigmore Hall and the Verbier Festival to the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Grand Theatre in Shanghai and other cities in China.

Barry is an exclusive Chandos recording artist. He recently completed a six-album recording of the complete solo piano works of Brahms. His current recording projects focus on solo piano works of Schubert, Tchaikovsky and other Russian composers. Also with Chandos Barry is exploring Irish folk music through his own arrangements: Celtic Reflections (2014) and Celtic Airs (2016).


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“Amid the compulsive hyping that affects classical music, Barry Douglas remains defiantly and admirably grounded… Douglas’s powerful playing always compels and rewards attention.”