Adam Davies is a Manchester-born pianist, teacher and conductor. Having spent his formative years in East Yorkshire under the tutelage of first his mother, and later Irina Glushenkova, he went on to study with both John Gough and Dr. Murray McLachlan at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he completed two postgraduate degrees with distinction. While at the RNCM, he was a recipient of both Drapers’ and Oglesby Scholarships, winner of the Norman George Scholarship and Fergal O’Mahony Undergraduate prizes, and Gold Medal finalist, and benefitted from tuition with distinguished pianists including Philippe Cassard, Andrei Diev, Michael Lewin, Martin Roscoe, Barry Snyder and Kathryn Stott.
Adam has been first-prize-winner and finalist of several national and international piano competitions. First prizes include East Coast Young Musician and EPTA UK Piano Competition. He has been a semi-finalist in the Royal Over-Seas League Competition, and finalist in the Wales International Competition and II Krystian Tkaczewski International Competition in Poland.
With a diverse and wide-ranging repertoire, he performs as soloist throughout the UK, with past venues including Hull City Hall, Beverley Minster, the Channel Islands, St. Paul’s Covent Garden and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Concerto performances include Saint-Saëns’ Le carnival des animaux, Grieg Piano Concerto, Rachmaninov No. 2, Mozart K. 488, Brahms No. 2 and Schumann Piano Concerto. As an orchestral musician he has played under the direction of Chris Adey and Sir Mark Elder at Bridgewater Hall. As well as performing music by the celebrated composers of the past, Adam often programmes contemporary repertoire. In 2016 he gave one the first UK performances of Thomas Adès’ Variations for Blanca, and in 2019, the world première of Tom Harrold’s Crux. Upcoming performances include a recital and workshop in Guernsey’s Fanny Davies International Piano Series, and Rachmaninov Concerto No. 4 with Scottish Sinfonia.
Other musical activity includes conducting St. John’s Festival orchestra, with whom he has directed performances of both Brahms piano concertos as well as symphonic and concerto repertoire by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Franck. Adam is also currently a piano tutor at the Hull centre for Yorkshire Young Musicians, and in his private teaching practice, has had a number of students been accepted to study at both Chetham’s and RNCM.