Mourning for a British pianist, 72

Mourning for a British pianist, 72


norman lebrecht

July 11, 2022

The widely respected pianist Andrew Ball has died of the effects of Parkinsons Disease at the age of 72.

He was Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music, London, from 1999 to 2005 and a sught-after international performer.

Having studied Michael Tippett’s sonatas with the composer, he was their most authoritative interpreter.


  • Simon Holt says:

    Extremely sad news. Andrew was an incredibly thoughtful, intelligent and caring man, but when faced with a challenging piece (as he very often was) could turn into a somebody quite wild and unleashed almost as if at the flick of a switch. I saw it happen often. Exciting player and a rare performer!

    • Stephen Newbould says:

      That’s a wonderful vignette Simon. I saw Andrew years ago playing in the pit for the Siobhan Davies dance company. The memory I have is of watching him riveted to Rzewski, like someone possessed.