Len Vorster

Biography

Len Vorster studied with the eminent American pianist Lamar Crowson and obtained a Bmus degree and a Post-graduate Performer’s Diploma in Chamber Music and Accompanying from the University of Cape Town. In 1976 he made his concerto début with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, and has since performed in the USA, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Taiwan and with the Royal Academy Orchestra in London in 2001.

As a concerto soloist he has recorded Michael Easton’s “Concerto on Australian Themes” with the State Orchestra of Victoria for Naxos. His Naxos CD of the two-piano version of Holst’s The Planets (with Robert Chamberlain) has received a Gramophone Magazine award and with Merlyn Quaife he has been nominated for an Aria award for his Naxos CD of piano music and songs by Manuel de Falla . Len Vorster has recorded with British tenor Ian Partridge the complete songs and solo piano music of Lord Berners for Marco Polo. Further releases are by ABC Classics of Brahms chamber music, and more recently by Naxos of piano and chamber music by Lennox Berkeley.

Len Vorster is often invited to be on judging panels for music competitions, and has been working with the International Education Centre in Taiwan for twelve years In 2001 he formed a duo with David Berlin, Principal Cellist of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Their second CD will be released later in 2009.

Len Vorster is the founding Artistic Director of Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.