Philip Dyson: Full Biography

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International Concert Pianist Phillip Dyson has been described as simply “brilliant”, with a “wonderfully dry, very British sense of humour”. A recent recital in New York City accredited him as nothing less than “magnificent”.

An international pianist and great entertainer, performing to ‘sell-out’ audiences around the world, Phillip Dyson is recognised as one of Britain's most sought after and innovative concert pianists.

He has gained enormous popularity for his unique abilities in both the classical and light music repertoire.

His rapport with audiences, brilliant technique and innate sensitivity constantly win him the highest of praise.

Phillip often broadcasts on the BBC and Classic FM, tours constantly throughout the UK and has a great international reputation in Europe and America.

Upcoming performances

Phillip’s current and forthcoming engagements including:

  • Showcase London concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.
  • Numerous UK Festival and Theatre appearances.
  • Concert tours in Spain, Ireland and Scotland.
  • Concerts and Tours in the USA, with a return for a week of concerts in New York City including the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Lincoln Center.
  • ‘Main Headliner’ at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival in Kansas City
  • Concerts in Baltimore, Washington DC and New Jersey,
  • A tour of California including concerts in San Francisco and Sacramento.
  • Summer Concerts in Seville, Spain and Malta.
  • BBC broadcasts.
  • New CD releases for Decca Classics and the Marigold label.

A musical life

Born in Lancashire he began musical studies at an early stage and by the age of twelve had given a performance at London's Royal Albert Hall, which was to launch a busy and most successful performing career.

He studied at the Royal College of Music with distinguished pianists Colin Horsley and John Lill, and also with Dr William Lloyd Webber.

At the early age of 27 he was appointed Professor of Piano at the London College of Music.

Orchestra performances

Phillip Dyson has performed with many of the UK's finest symphony orchestras, including:

  • The Royal Philharmonic
  • BBC Philharmonic
  • BBC Concert Orchestra
  • National Symphony
  • The Ulster Orchestra

Festival Performances

Phillip has also performed at most of the major festivals, including:

  • Salisbury
  • Lichfield
  • Bury St. Edmunds
  • Ludlow
  • Fishguard
  • Newbury
  • Buxton
  • Worcester Three Choirs
  • Gloucester Three Choirs
  • Belfast
  • Chester

Most frequently he appears in London, including St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, the South Bank Centre and St John’s, Smith Square.


As a Composer, Phillip recently gave the first performance of his composition ‘Perception’ for Piano and Select Percussion at the Holborne Museum, Bath influenced by the exhibition ‘The Art of Perception’.

Internationally acclaimed

Phillip tours overseas every year, particularly in the USA and Europe. Also in Africa, where he has toured several times in Tanzania and given a number of recitals at the Official Residence of the British High Commissioner in Dar es Salaam.

Of the many countries Phillip performs in, America is certainly one of the most frequently visited. He is often invited to the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival and was the first British Pianist to appear at the West Coast Ragtime Festival; Phillip was invited again recently to celebrate their 25th Anniversary.

He frequently performs in New York City, including the Lincoln Center, and tours California each year, particularly in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles.

In addition, he has toured in Canada as soloist with the Palm Court Orchestra of Vancouver.

Another popular touring destination for Phillip is Spain, where he has regularly appeared on both radio and television.

He has also performed in many of the country’s major cities, including: Madrid, Salamanca, Burgos, Valladolid, Toledo, Alcalá, Villaviciosa, Ávila, Palencia, Segovia and Seville.

And, through his many master classes with music students, was appointed Patron of the Segovia Music Academy.

Advocate for British music

Phillip Dyson is a leading exponent of British Music in the concert hall, on CD and for the BBC, in such programmes as: Friday Night Is Music Night, At The Piano, In Tune, Composer of the Week and Afternoon on 3.

He has long been associated with the music of Billy Mayerl, with his CD's The Nimble Fingered Gentleman and Rhapsodies and Marigolds.

He recently featured the work of Sir Malcolm Arnold on his new release of the Piano Concertos with the Ulster Orchestra.


On disc he has recorded for Decca Classics, ASV/Sanctuary, Chandos, Naxos and Marigold labels.

Available CD's include:

Totally Chopin
Featuring many of the composer’s most popular pieces.

Piano Concertos
The work of Sir Malcolm Arnold with the Ulster Orchestra.

The Nimble Fingered Gentleman
The work of Billy Mayerl

Rhapsodies and Marigolds
The work of Billy Mayerl

Film Music
with the BBC Philharmonic.

The Entertainer
based on Scott Joplin's work.

Phillip Dyson … by Special Request
Featuring music by: Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Brahms.


"Delicate precision and flawless sensitivity." Pacifica Tribune, California

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