John Peace, educated in Yorkshire, is a Music graduate of University College, Durham University, with diplomas in piano and organ performance from the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Organists. A Senior Lecturer in Music in the Music & Drama School of Performing Arts in Liverpool, John was Head of Keyboard Studies and a course leader. In the 1980s he greatly valued artistic consultations with distinguished pianist and Royal College of Music professor Gordon Fergus-Thompson.
John Peace has performed and broadcast as soloist, accompanist and chamber music pianist, in extensive and often adventurous repertoire, sometimes with members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (including the first contemporary performance of the Coleridge-Taylor Piano Quintet, Op.1) and Halle, Ulster and BBC Philharmonic orchestras, and with leading singers. His concert venues have included Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, both Liverpool cathedrals, St George’s Hall, Liverpool Parish Church, Chester Town Hall and the Horniman Museum London, as well as for the Music Societies of Wigan and of Rochdale, the Worcester Three Choirs Festival, Manchester Bach Society, and recitals in Devon and Dorset. During 2009-10 John gave a series of invitation piano recitals in the Stockholm area of Sweden.
John has lectured and performed at several European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) (UK) International Conferences in London, Manchester and Liverpool. He has held organ appointments and choral directorships in Durham, Hereford, London and Liverpool (St. John the Baptist). He is accompanist to the Liverpool Italian Opera Company concerts which are held at Our Lady & St. Nicholas Parish Church overlooking the famous Liverpool waterfront, and where John was concert manager of the church’s Lunchtime Recitals series for a number of years.
John Peace is author of a book on piano technique (The Complete Pianist-the Whiteside & Dalcroze approach, published 1993 by Castillon Press), and also of a monograph on the songs of Debussy, Fauré and Ravel. In 1991 he became initial organiser of the Merseyside branch of European Piano Teachers Association; EPTA has regional and national groups in over forty countries.
Among the many piano pupils taught by John Peace was Ian Hobson before he entered university, and whose international pianistic career was subsequently launched with First Prize at the 1981 Leeds International Piano Competition, after successes at the Artur Rubinstein and Vienna-Beethoven Competitions. Mr Hobson is Swanlund Professor of Piano at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
Videos of John Peace in performance are available here.
Posted on April 14, 2007, in The Music and tagged Delcroze approach, European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA), Ian Hobson, John Peace, organ, piano, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, The Complete Pianist. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.