Harvey Davies studied the piano with Helen Davies and David Parkhouse then with Ryszard Bakst at the Royal Northern College of Music. His career as a chamber musician has taken him to four continents and throughout the UK.
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As a Fellow in Historical Performance at the RNCM, Harvey gives lectures and coaches chamber music alongside his work as a staff pianist. His special areas of research interest are the Classical accompanied piano sonata, domestic music-making in 18th and 19th Century Britain and 20th Century English chamber music. Harvey is currently undertaking a Ph.D. at the RNCM studying and recording the chamber music of Arnold Cooke.
With his wife, the cellist Heather Bills, Harvey has founded the Manchester-based chamber group The Pleyel Ensemble. Comprising some of the finest string and wind players in the UK and specialising in British chamber music and lesser-known Classical works the Pleyels run concert series in Chapel-en-le-Frith and Didsbury and have already given more than a hundred concerts since their formation in 2011. They are Making Music featured Artists for 2016/’17.
The Davies Duo, Harvey and his mother Helen, have worked together since 1990. They have performed and recorded extensively and commissioned many new works for piano duet as well as rediscovering some of the huge wealth of Classical and early Romantic 4-hand music. Their latest CD, “Diversity”, features works written for them by Welsh composers and was received to critical acclaim. Harvey is the principal pianist in the award-winning Ensemble Cymru, a dynamic chamber group based in North Wales. The group are known for their innovative programming and community concerts in Wales and were nominated for a Philharmonic Society Award in 2007.
Harvey has collaborated with many eminent musicians including Atar Arad, Alison Balsom, James Bowman, Rebecca Evans, Tony Halstead, Janet Hilton, Guy Johnston, Elena Urioste and Jennifer Pike and as a freelance player Harvey has worked with all the orchestras in the North West including the Hallé, RLPO, Manchester Camerata, NCO and the contemporary music group Ensemble 10/10.