John Conway - Composer  
 


John Conway started his musical education at the age of six when he started playing violin and piano.

Piano gradually gained prominence and after much success in piano competitions and participating in the summer school with the pianist Paul Roberts, he accepted a place to study piano at the Purcell School for Young Musicians in 2008 where he held a full scholarship under the government's music and dance scheme. It was there that he first took composition lessons with Simon Speare and Alison Cox and made the change to become a first study composer. While at the school, John had his first piece Celtic Tiger performed at the Royal Albert Hall conducted by Kevin Hathway, co-principal percussionist of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Following this, his piano piece Belize was played as part of 'The Commonwealth Resounds' project at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and then subsequently at Princess Alexandra Hall, London and Overseas House, Edinburgh.

After leaving the Purcell School, John started his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music where he currently studies with Dr. Emily Howard. He has since had his music played by members of Manchester Camerata and Bella Hardy at the RNCM concert hall as well as Band On The Wall, Manchester.

His piano teachers have included Chinatsu Izumikawa, Tessa Nicholson and Helen Fairer. He has also had classes with Howard Skempton and H.K. Gruber.

John is currently working on a string quartet as well as a piano piece to be performed at the Bridgewater Hall in spring 2012. His piano piece Autumn Wind will be performed throughout China in the Summer of 2012 by the pianist Tyler Hay.