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John 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 with many appearances at The South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts as performer and commentator (for a programme about John Ogdon).
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. For over 30 years, John has had a piano duo with Allan Schiller; they have made two highly acclaimed CDs of Busoni and Schubert for Naxos. In 1998 he was awarded the ARAM for his 'distinguished contribution to music'. Volume 6 (with Robert Markham) in Naxos' Schubert series is scheduled for 2011 release.
Major Performances & Recordings
- 2006: Schubert Piano Duos, with Allan Schiller (Naxos: 8.570354)
- 2003: Two Piano Music of Busoni, with Allan Schiller (Naxos 8.557443)
- BBC broadcasts as performer and commentator
- London recitals: Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, St John’s Smith Square