Wensleydale Concert Series

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John Humphreys, pianist

Website: Birmingham Conservatoire Profile

john humphreysJohn Humphreys was born in Liverpool and studied with Henryk Mierowski and later with Harold Rubens at the Royal Academy of Music.

In 1967 he was awarded one of four scholarships by the Austrian Government to study in Vienna and on his return to this country made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1972 with Busoni's rarely heard 'Fantasia Contrappuntistica'.

Since then he has appeared throughout the country as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has broadcast on BBC Radio3, and played throughout the UK, in Iceland, Hungary, Austria, Holland and the USA.

In 1975 he performed the cycle of Mozart piano sonatas in London and elsewhere and has given many performances of Bach's 'Goldberg Variations'.

John was Assistant Head of Keyboard Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire until 2009. He is also Chairman and Artistic Advisor to the Dudley International Piano Competition. In 1998 he was awarded the ARAM for 'his distinguished contribution to music'.