Ferrandou    ~   the tutors

DW-J writes:

David Owen Norris was born in the same hospital as I was, though a few years later. We first met at a drunken party at Nicholas Kenyon's and have worked together since 1974. I am overjoyed he will be at Ferrandou this summer. He needs no introduction, so I'll leave it to the world press to do the rest.


‘Swaggering conviction, glinting mischief … Once again, Norris’s pianism is past praise in its scrupulous poise, immaculate touch and attention to dynamic nuance. What’s more, he also displays an acute intellectual and emotional understanding … artistry of a very high order.’
Gramophone October 2009 on Elgar at the Piano Vol.2


‘Norris gives the performance of his life, handling the bravura with aplomb and total conviction. He also has a marvellous repose at the keyboard. Less, he knows, is more.’
Gramophone August 2008, on Montague Phillips Piano Concertos


‘a famous thinker/philosopher of the keyboard’
Seattle Times


‘visionary musical leadership’
Classic FM Magazine


‘quite possibly the most interesting pianist in the world’
Globe & Mail, Toronto


John Streets MBE was director of the Opera Department at the Royal Academy of Music, London, for 21 years and later appointed Director of all Post-Graduate studies. At the same time, he pursued a very active worldwide concert career, accompanying such artists as Paul Tortelier, Dame Janet Baker, Salvatore Accardo, Dame Felicity Lott, Elisabeth Harwood and Helen Watts, working with Casals, Nadia Boulanger, Messiaen, Tippett, Hindemith, Vaughan-Williams, Solti, Menotti etc., as well as appearing as pianist with the Gabrieli Quartet and Ensemble. He now lives in the relative peace and calm of the French countryside, but continues to give Master Classes at several European Conservatoires and act as adjudicator in international competitions.

David Wilson-Johnson read French and Italian at Cambridge University and studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music. Over a career already spanning 40 years he has been a guest of the major opera houses, orchestras, festivals and radio and TV networks worldwide. He is a regular performer at the BBC Proms, where last year he made his fiftieth appearance.


In 1977 he made his debut at the Royal Opera House in We Come to the River  by Henze, singing many roles at Covent Garden over the next 21 years, and at the opera houses of Brussels, Geneva, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Salzburg, Turin and Amsterdam.


Recordings include Winterreise  with David Owen Norris on an 1824 fortepiano and over two hundred CDs of music of all periods and styles. These range from Tubular Bells  with Mike Oldfield and Give My Regards to Broad Street  with The Beatles  to Bach Cantatas with Gustav Leonhardt and the B Minor Mass  with Carlo-Maria Giulini, Beethoven  Fidelio  with Sir Charles Mackerras, Stravinsky and Schoenberg with Robert Craft and Pierre Boulez, Ravel L'Enfant et les Sortilleges, L'Heure Espagnole,  Brahms Requiem  with Andre Previn and Mahler Eighth Symphony   with Sir Simon Rattle.


Recent Opera: title roles in Tippett  King Priam  (Nationale Reisopera, BBC Proms), Albeniz Merlin  (Teatro Real Madrid), Shostakovich The Nose  (Amsterdam) and Messiaen Saint Francois d'Assise  (London, Lyon, Amsterdam, Brussels, New York, Edinburgh Festival).


Concerts this season have included  Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri with Simon Rattle and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, tours of Japan and Italy with Frans Bruggen, concerts with Charles Dutoit and the Suisse Romande Orchestra, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra  recording Oedipus Rex and La Damnation de Faust in Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall, and several tours of Spain and the Canaries with Robert King and the King's Consort.


David Wilson-Johnson was Professor of Singing at the Amsterdam Conservatorium from 2004 to 2010, now conducts and trains the National Boys Choir of Holland,  is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and lives between houses in Amsterdam, London and Ferrandou.



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