The British pianist, Hamish Milne, was born and grew up in Salisbury of Scottish parents and studied with Harold Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music and then in Italy with Guido Agosti (who had studied with Ferruccio Busoni). At the Accademia Chigiana in Siena he was lucky enough to hear the classes of Pablo Casals, Alfred Cortot and Segovia at the end of their lives and, in particular, to hear those of Sergiu Celibidache, which made a deep impression on him that lasts to this day. He is interested in film, books, people and cricket, ‘in a completely eclectic and disorganized way’.
Hamish Milne made his debut in 1963, and his Proms debut in 1978. He has appeared in recitals and as soloist with most of the leading British orchestras, as well as in Europe and the USSR. He has given over two hundred broadcasts for the BBC. In the 1970's, he was the first pianist to offer a comprehensive survey of the music of Nikolai Medtner since the composer made his own records in the 78's era. He is also well known as a chamber musician.
Hamish Milne is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Hamish Milne has recorded piano works by Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Haydn, Medtner, W.A. Mozart, Rebuke, Robert Schumann and Weber for Chandos, CRD, Danacord and Decca, as well as for Hyperion. His Hyperion recordings include piano concertos by Joseph Holbrooke and Haydn Wood, and by Sergei Lyapunov, solo piano music by Anatoly Alexandrov, and a disc of J.S. Bach transcriptions by Russian composers. His publications include: Bartok (1981); Heritage of Music (contributor, 1982; Medtner - Centenary Appraisal (contributor, 1981); His hounours include: Collard Fellowship (1977), Fram (1978).