Since his unprecedented success as Silver Medal winner of the 1982 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, he has developed a distinguished career in Europe, theUSA, the Far East, New Zealand and Australia. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique. In June 2011 he returned to Moscow as a jury member for the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition.
He has worked with many of the worlds’ greatest conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Jarvi, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Andrew Davis and Yevgeny Svetlanov. More recently he has appeared as soloist with the next generation of excellent conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Robin Ticciati and Daniel Harding.
He is a keen chamber musician and performs frequently with the pianist Martin Roscoe. They have given performances in London and at the Edinburgh Festival and have recorded discs of Gershwin and Rachmaninov. Other musical partners have included the Maggini Quartet, with whom he has made recordings of several great British chamber works.
Peter Donohoe maintains a strong artistic link with the area in which he now lives with his wife Elaine. His close association with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra dates back to 1974, and he was the first conductor of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. He is vice-president of the Birmingham Conservatoire and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates of Music from the Universities of Birmingham, Central England, Warwick, East Anglia, Leicester and The Open University.
Peter Donohoe was awarded a C.B.E. for services to classical music in the 2010 New Years Honours List.