The Classic FM Podcast features the week’s top classical music stories and highlights of our interviews with classical stars. This week Lucy Coward hears from the biggest classical music stars in the world including Tori Amos.
Tori Amos is a pianist, singer-songwriter and composer known for her strong voice, eccentric lyrics, and (of course) her exceptional skill on the piano.
Life and Music
- Amos was born in Newton, North Carolina. When she was two, her family moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where she began to play the piano. By age five, she had begun composing instrumental pieces on piano and, while living in Rockville, Maryland, she won a full scholarship to the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Her scholarship was discontinued at age 11 and she was asked to leave. Amos has asserted that she lost the scholarship because of her interest in rock and popular music, coupled with her dislike of reading from sheet music.
- Amos first came to local notice by winning a county teen talent contest in 1977, singing a song called 'More Than Just a Friend'.
- Amos has released 12 studio albums during her solo career. Apart from the first two albums, the other 10 are self-produced.
- In September 2011, Amos released her first classical music album, Night of Hunters, featuring variations on a theme to pay tribute to such renowned composers as Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Granados, Satie and Schubert, through the Deutsche Grammophon label, a division of Universal Music Group.
Did you know?
As well as being an expert pianist, Tori can also play the harpsichord, clavichord, hammond organ, harmonium, Fender Rhodes (piano), clavinet, Wurlitzer and Kurzweil.
Tori Amos - Nautical Twilight
Watch our interview with the acclaimed singer/songwriter about her new classical album, Night of Hunters.
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