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Harvey Davies began playing the piano before he was three. He was a chorister at New College, Oxford, then went with a top Music Scholarship to Marlborough College. Harvey studied the piano with Helen Davies and David Parkhouse before going to Ryszard Bakst at the Royal Northern College of Music from 1983 to 1987. In 1987, Harvey won the title of Young Musician of the Year at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and in 1990 gave his South Bank debut during the Park Lane Group’s prestigious contemporary music series. Harvey is now well established as a fine chamber musician and accompanist. He has worked with many eminent musicians including Atar Arad, Alison Balsom, Alfie Boe, Janet Hilton, Guy Johnston, Jennifer Pike and Emma Johnson and continues to collaborate with numerous instrumentalists and singers around the world. Since 1998 Harvey has toured the Middle East regularly with finalists from the BBC Young Musician of the Year for Penny Adie Productions and will be going again in January 2009.
Helen and Harvey Davies are a mother-and-son piano duet team. They are much in demand as recitalists and have a special interest in contemporary music for four hands on one piano. The duo regularly commission new works and have had music written for them by many composers including Jeffrey Lewis, Nicola Lefanu, Alun Hoddinott, Brian Hughes, Pwyll ap Sion and John Metcalf.
Helen and Harvey have recorded four CDs for Cameo and ASC Records: the duet works of Richard Stoker, a collection of 20th C British music, a disc of Romantic music and in 2007 a collection of works written for them by Welsh composers entitled “Diversity”.
Harvey is the pianist in Ensemble Tremoine and Ensemble Cymru, a busy chamber group. The Ensemble is resident at Bangor University. They were nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2006 and continue to receive acclaim for their innovative work in education as well as their exciting performances.
With the euphonium player, David Childs, Harvey has played in the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Purcell Room and live on Radio 3. David and Harvey have made two CDs for the Doyen label.
Harvey is astaff pianist at the Royal NorthernCollege of Music in Manchester, resident pianist at the Two Moors Festival and an Associated Board examiner, and was for ten years official pianist at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
“The powerful symphonic structure of Kenneth Leighton’s Sonata for Four Hands was masterfully revealed in this authoritative performance” Music Wales
“(The Davies Duo)…a fine reputation for intelligent, sensitive, technically assured and vital performances of a wide range of 20th century repertoire…”
British Music Society News.