Len Vorster

Len Vorster is one of Australia's finest accompanists and is artistic director of Classical Palette (a series of Naxos recordings devoted to contemporary music), of the Schirmer Ensemble, and of Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.

Len Vorster was born in 1954 in South Africa. He left there for Australia in 1983 after completing postgraduate piano studies with the eminent American pianist Lamar Crowson at the University of Cape Town. He made his concerto debut with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra in Mozart's Piano Concerto K456 in 1976.

As concerto soloist he has recorded Michael Easton's Concerto on Australian Themes with the State Orchestra of Victoria for Naxos, and premiered the work in Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, and with the Royal Academy Orchestra in London in 2001. Len has given further concerts in America,Taiwan and Hong Kong; also at the Melbourne International Festival, Melbourne Spoleto Festival, Messiaen Festival (in the presence of Messiaen at Melba Hall in 1988), Sydney Festival, Barossa Festival, and Castlemaine State Festival.

His recordings have received outstanding reviews from major publications around the world as well as a Gramophone Magazine award for his Naxos recording of Holst's The Planets (two-piano version with Robert Chamberlain). His CD Barber & Debussy with cellist David Berlin was nominated as one of the best classical CDs of 2011 in Limelight Magazine. In 2022 Naxos released his recording with British tenor Ian Partridge of the complete songs and solo piano music of Lord Berners. With soprano Merlyn Quaife, he has been nominated for an Aria award for his Naxos recording of songs and solo piano music by Manuel de Falla. In 2022 he recorded a solo piano CD Night Thoughts, and also songs and solo piano music by Melbourne composer Lachlan Brown. He has also released another solo CD Summer Waves. There are further CD releases by Marco Polo, ABC Classics, Tall Poppies and Move Records (with CDs by soprano Vivien Hamilton, and flautist Masahide Kurita).

Len Vorster is the founding Artistic Director of Port Fairy Spring Music Festival (1990-2001). He was also artistic director of Classical Palette (a series of Naxos recordings devoted to contemporary music), and of Open Mind, a series of staged concerts celebrating musical, literary, visual and dance events for the Victorian Arts Centre.

He was for many years on the piano staff of the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.


Len Vorster is featured on the following titles

Sun Fun and other Disappointments: The music of Michael Easton

This compilation CD brings together the wide range of British/Australian composer Michael Easton’s compositional output (1981-1993) - ranging from solo piano and duo pianos to a flute sonata, a piccolo concerto, song cycles, and four songs from Easton’s one-woman show ‘Dorothy Parker Says’.

Performer: piano

By the Winding River: songs from old Chinese Poems by Lachlan Brown

In the tradition of Gustav Mahler’s The Song of the Earth, Lachlan Brown weaves a series of ancient Chinese poems into a modern song cycle.

Performer: piano

Lachlan Brown Chamber Works

Lachlan Brown’s Chamber Works contains an hour of beautiful and relaxing music for his favourite instruments and chamber ensembles: piano, harp, organ, violin, cello and string quartet.

Performer: piano

The Night Sky Glory: songs and Choral works by Lachlan Brown

Vocal compositions by Lachlan Brown with texts by Victor Hugo, Heinrich Heine and Reiner Maria Rilke as well as wordless choral pieces.


Night Thoughts

During the long still nights of the Covid pandemic, pianist Len Vorster, well-known as a thoughtful accompanist, spent most of his evenings listening to a wide array of music ranging from Schumann to Copland. He also spent a lot of time thinking about the music. These ruminations developed into the wide ranging, fascinating and beautiful program of 15 deep-rooted works.


Burns and Beyond

This recording Burns and Beyond comprises a selection of songs written for voice and modern piano, and includes a performance of Percy Grainger's Three Scotch Folksongs which use ancient tunes of Scotland as inspiration.

Performer: piano

Len Vorster also appears on

The Marvellous World of George Dreyfus, Volume 2

The second volume of marvellous music from one of Australia's favourite composers, George Dreyfus. This album provides a great insight into Dreyfus' multifaceted talents.

Performer: Piano

The Marvellous World of George Dreyfus, Volume 1

Marvellous music by the well-known Australian composer George Dreyfus, one of Australia's most animated musical personalities.

Performer: Piano

Kuri: Romantic Flute

The young Australian/Japanese flautist, Masahide Kurita - "Kuri" for short - performs a selection of Romantic virtuoso works for solo flute and flute with piano, accompanied by Len Vorster. Repertoire includes Nielsen's Fantasy Pieces, the Donizetti Sonata, Lemmoné's Graceful Dance and Honegger's Danse de la chèvre.


Cornet Caprice

Brilliant cornet player Tom Paulin plays works by Bozza, Dreyfus, Arban, McCabe and more.