Fifteen years ago a young Scottish pianist appeared on the cover of Pianist 23. He had recorded Messiaen’s Visions de l’amen on two pianos with Martin Roscoe and was keeping his record company – and concert halls worldwide – very busy. Now, as Steven Osborne approaches a milestone birthday – impish-looking as ever, I might add – he has notched up 29 recordings for Hyperion Records and, Covid aside, is still very much in demand.

No surprise, then, that when we speak over the phone, he’s not in Edinburgh, his home for the past decade, but in London, preparing to record Rachmaninov (the First Sonata and ) at St Silas Church in Kentish Town. ‘I start tomorrow,’ he tells me, ‘with producer Andrew

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