Harvey Davies, Keyboard
Harvey Davies began playing piano before he was three and studied harpsichord with David Francis at RNCM. He was a chorister at New College Oxford. Whilst at Oxford Harvey took part in a range of early music before gaining a top Music Scholarship to Marlborough College.
Harvey studied the piano with Helen Davies and David Parkhouse before going to Ryszard Bakst at the Royal Northern College of Music from 1983 to 1987. Harvey is established as a fine chamber musician and accompanist. He has worked with many eminent musicians including Atar Arad, Alison Balsom, Alfie Boe, Rebecca Evans, Catrin Finch, Evelyn Glennie, Emma Johnson, Guy Johnston, and Jennifer Pike. From 1998 Harvey toured the Middle East regularly with finalists from the BBC Young Musician of the Year for Penny Adie Productions.
Harvey has a longstanding interest in early and classical music. He has a chamber music series in Didsbury and Chapel-en-le-Frith with his group The Pleyel Ensemble. Comprising some of the UK’s leading instrumentalists, the Pleyels are indulging their interests in performing lesser-known 18th century especially that of Ignaz Pleyel. Recent projects include performing all of Mozart’s works for keyboard and violin with Sarah Ewins and the complete Haydn piano trios with Sarah and Heather Bills, an ongoing series.
Harvey is a founder member of Ensemble Cymru, a ground-breaking chamber group in North Wales. They was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2006 and continues to receive acclaim for their innovative work in education as well as their concert performances.
Harvey is a Teaching Fellow in Historical Performance and staff pianist at the Royal Northern College of Music and has worked as a harpsichordist with a number of orchestras including Manchester Camerata, and the Northern Chamber Orchestra. He lives in Manchester with his wife, the cellist Heather Bills.