|Birth name||Duncan Honeybourne|
October 27, 1977 |
|Occupation(s)||Pianist, Teacher, Lecturer|
|Years active||fl. 1990-|
Duncan Honeybourne (born 27 October 1977 at Weymouth, Dorset) is an English pianist, teacher and lecturer.
Honeybourne began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department, where he won the senior piano prize. He gave his first London recital at the age of fifteen and toured extensively throughout Britain as solo recitalist and concerto soloist. Awarded a place to continue at the RAM, he chose instead to move to the Birmingham Conservatoire where he graduated in 2000 with a B.Mus First Class Honours degree and won many prizes, and later received the honorary award of HonBC for professional distinction. His teachers included Rosemarie Wright and Philip Martin, and his further piano studies were in London with John York, Leeds with Fanny Waterman, and subsequently for three years on a Goldenweiser Scholarship in London with the Russian pianist Mikhail Kazakevich. He made his debut as soloist at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in 1998.
Duncan Honeybourne has played concertos and given recitals at many major venues and at leading festivals in the UK, Ireland and Europe, and is especially renowned for his interpretations of 20th century British and Irish piano music. His solo performances have been frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM and FM3 (Ireland), Radio Suisse Romande (Switzerland), YLE Radio 1 (Finland), SABC (South Africa), ABC Classic FM (Australia) and Radio New Zealand Concert, and he has appeared on BBC and RTÉ Television. Honeybourne has toured extensively as a recitalist, has partnered many renowned artists in chamber music and has given premieres of new works dedicated to him by several celebrated composers, including the Piano Sonata no.3 by John Joubert, the Piano Sonata no.2 by Andrew Downes and Four Nocturnes by Sadie Harrison. He gave the world premiere of the Andrew Downes Piano Concerto at Birmingham Town Hall on 1 March 2009.
Duncan Honeybourne is a Tutor in Piano at the University of Southampton and gives regular masterclasses and lecture recitals. He has devised and written several words and music programmes and is a frequent writer on music and musicians. He has created and directed several series of piano and chamber concerts and is Founder/Artistic Director of the Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts.
Duncan Honeybourne's discography on the EM Records and Divine Art labels includes the complete solo piano music of E.J. Moeran, premiere recordings of works by Walford Davies and Gurney alongside music by Stanford, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Bax, Howells, Pitfield and Fleischmann. His CD "A Forgotten English Romantic", exploring the piano music of composer, poet and priest Greville Cooke, was a MusicWeb International Recording of the Year in 2014.
- University of Southampton music staff biographies
- Bryanston School music staff biographies
- University of Chichester music staff biographies
- Staff writer (2005-06-09) "Leading pianist's recital". Newsquest Media Group Newspapers (Newsquest Digital Media).
- Classical Music' magazine (2006-04-01) Premieres, p. 15
- Johnston, Leah (2003-08-07) "Musical Treat in Store", The Orcadian, Kirkwall
- Morley, Christopher (1998-11-19) "Two on a blind date with Mozart", The Birmingham Post