Recently described as ‘One of the foremost exponents of the period piano in the UK’, John is an established performer on early keyboards (notably fortepiano, harpsichord and clavichord), specializing in music of the later 18th and early 19th centuries.
Known for his sometimes quirky and original interpretations of Mozart and Beethoven, John’s performances expose the improvisational roots of their music, his reimagining grounded in his depth of academic knowledge of the historical performance background.
Performing ultimately became an essential vehicle for expressing his intellectual ideas about the classical musical language – an irresistible passion.
Alongside his academic training at the University of Sheffield, he studied piano with Denis Matthews, George Malcolm and Danielle Salamon. In addition to his solo recital work, John performs with critically-acclaimed Ensemble DeNOTE.
As a performer, he specialises in the keyboard and chamber music of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven especially, principally on fortepiano, but also harpsichord and clavichord. He has recorded solo programmes on several historical originals and has performed at notable collections including the Russell Collection in Edinburgh; the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands Park; and the Finchcocks Collection (subsequently the Richard Burnett Heritage Collection), as well as collections in Italy and Holland.
John plays a copy of a Viennese fortepiano (after Gabriel Anton Walter) by Paul McNulty (1988).