Pianist Peter Longworth dead at age 53

The classical soloist and chamber musician died from cancer.
Pianist Peter Longworth died at age 53 in June 2018. (Tara McMullen)

Classical pianist Peter Longworth has died at the age of 53 from cancer, as confirmed by his wife on social media.

The London, England-born musician was a soloist and chamber musician who has performed in cities all around the world. He has been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Chicago Symphony and more. Over the years, he has also collaborated with conductors such as Edwin Outwater, Nikolas Caolie, Eduard Zilberkant and Bramwell Tovey.

Longworth is also a founding member of the Duke Piano Trio, an ensemble he started with violinist Mark Fewer and cellist Thomas Wiebe. Together, they performed throughout the U.S. and Canada. Outside of that, he made many recordings for Azica Records including the complete Brahms violin and piano sonatas with Fewer. Academically, Longworth has been a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto since 1991, inspiring an entire generation of classical artists.

The classical community, including many of Longworth's colleagues and students, has been sharing reactions and condolences on social media.

Founder and artistic director of the Mozart Project, David Bowser, wrote on Facebook, "As a performer, he was a great talent and a generous collaborator, hugely knowledgeable [...] As a friend, he was generous, kind and loyal, always authentic."

Concert pianist Kara Huber took to Twitter to say she "will be forever grateful that I had the incredible opportunity to work with and learn from Peter Longworth."

Canadian Opera Company's principal violinist Keith Hamm says Longworth's mentorship changed his life.

Back in 2016, CBC Music praised Longworth, who hosted an episode of This is My Music: "What people have really noticed though, is how beautifully he elevates the collective musical experience. Ask his colleagues and they'll say he's an 'excellent collaborator' and 'fun to play with!' Comments like those come from instrumentalists and singers all over North America and Europe."


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