Concert Biography

David Owen Norris, the first winner of the Gilmore Artist Award, has played concertos all over North America and Australia, along with several appearances in the BBC Proms. Solo recitals across the world have particularly featured the music of Brahms, Schubert, Poulenc, Bax & Elgar.

Owen Norris also plays early pianos. His discovery that the World’s First Piano Concertos were written around 1770 in London for the tiny square piano led to a complete reconsideration of that instrument, with an epoch-making recording, and concerto tours of Britain, Europe and America. He is about to record nineteenth-century virtuoso re-writes of Mozart concertos for Hyperion.

His is a familiar face on music television. His Chord of the Week, which enjoyed its fifth series last summer, has helped make BBC2’s PromsExtra one of the most watched classical music programmes in the world. His popular Radio 4 Playlist series is often repeated, and on Radio 3 his contributions to Building a Library are keenly relished.

David Owen Norris’s rise as a composer is more recent. Two large-scale works appeared in the autumn of 2015: Turning Points, a celebration of democracy supported financially by the Agincourt600 Committee, which had its fourth performance in February 2017 in a packed Winchester Cathedral; and HengeMusic, a multi-media piece for organ and saxophone quartet with film and poetry, supported by Arts Council England, which has had several performances, with a recording in preparation.

His unusually varied career has seen him as Artistic Director of the Petworth Festival & the Cardiff International Festival, Gresham Professor of Music, and Chairman of the Steans Institute for Singers at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, as well as a repetiteur at the Royal Opera House and harpist at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Beethoven 9 app for which he wrote the book and the analyses won the Best Music App Award in 2014.

David Owen Norris is Professor of Musical Performance at the University of Southampton, and Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of nineteen. He was elected one of the three hundred Fellows of the Royal Academy of Music at the age of twenty-nine, and was recently elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He is an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.

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