John Conway was born and grew up in Ealing, west London. His musical education started aged 6, taking piano and violin lessons. As his piano studies gained more importance and he began studying with Chinatsu Izumikawa, he achieved much success in local music competitions and attended the French summer school hosted by the pianist Paul Roberts. Immediately following this, he was offered a place at The Purcell School for Young Musicians, where he held a full scholarship to study piano and composition.
While at The Purcell School, John became a first study composer and studied under Simon Speare and Alison Cox OBE, taking piano lessons with Tessa Nicholson. Following his studies at The Purcell School, John took up a place to study Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music under Dr Emily Howard.
John has also had lessons with H K Gruber, Gavin Higgins, Howard Skempton and Simon Bainbridge. His works have been performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Princess Alexandra Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Overseas House Edinburgh, Band on the Wall, the University of Trinidad and Tobago, the University of Cambridge and the Royal Northern College of Music.
His works have been performed by members of Manchester Camerata, Bella Hardy, Vulgar Display, RNCM Brand New Orchestra, Tyler Hay, Syuzanna Kaso and the composer as performer, as well as others.