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Barry Douglas (born 23 April 1960 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a classical pianist and conductor.

Barry Douglas studied piano, cello, clarinet and organ while growing up in Belfast. He first studied in Belfast and at 16 had lessons with Felicitas LeWinter, a pupil of Emil von Sauer and grand-pupil of Franz Liszt. In London he studied with John Barstow for four years and then studied privately with Maria Curcio[1][2], the last and favourite pupil of Artur Schnabel, going on to study with the Russian pianist Yevgeny Malinin in Paris.

He won the gold medal, outright in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1986, the first non-Russian pianist to do so since Van Cliburn in 1958. His debut album was a recording of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. He has made many recordings since then and has recently (2007) completed (with Camerata Ireland) recording the five Beethoven piano concertos and the Triple Concerto (with Chee-Yun Kim and Andrés Díaz). He is Artistic Director of the International Piano Festival in Manchester, England and the Clandeboye Festival in Clandeboye, Bangor, County Down. He founded Camerata Ireland in 1998 which has Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Mary McAleese the President of Ireland as Joint Patrons.

He had previously won the Bronze Medal at the Van Cliburn Competition in Texas in 1985 and the top prize in the Santander Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition competition in Spain.

Barry Douglas increasingly devotes part of his time to conducting the Camerata Ireland orchestra. He has directed cycles of the complete Beethoven symphonies (in November 2002) and Mozart and Schubert symphonies and Mozart concertos in 2000 and 2001. He has recorded on the RCA and Satirino France labels.

Barry Douglas was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year's Honours List for services to music. He also received a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music where he is Prince Consort Professor of Piano and an Hon. Doctorate of Music from Queens University Belfast. He is Visiting Prince Consort professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music. He received an honorary Doctorate of Music from the National University of Ireland in September 2007.

He is married and has three children. He shares his time between Paris and Lurgan.



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