Ian Jones is Professor of Piano and Assistant Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music in London. His career as a Steinway Artist has taken him to all five continents. Appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Hall include critically acclaimed performances of Rachmaninov’s Second and Third Piano Concertos and Paganini Rhapsody as well as concertos by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Schumann. He has appeared in Paris and throughout France as concerto soloist with the Ensemble International and has performed many of Mozart’s piano concertos in Europe and USA.
A prizewinner at the Leeds International Piano Competition, he also won many prizes, including the prestigious Chappell Medal, whilst a student at RCM. Other awards include the Vlado Perlemuter Piano Prize and a French Government Scholarship inviting him to spend a year in Paris. His teachers included Maria Curcio, Gyorgy Sebok, Phyllis Sellick, Jerome Lowenthal and Alain Planès.
He has broadcast for radio and television networks in many different countries and his World Première performances and recordings of music by British composer Rebecca Clarke (on Dutton Digital) have received much enthusiastic attention on radio and in the music press.
On the recent release of his CD, Chopin: Summer in Nohant (London Independent Records), Classic FM magazine drew comparison with Rubinstein and Arrau and claimed that “Jones possesses the ‘pearl’ touch that marks out the finest Chopin exponents...his timing remains immaculate whatever the technical pressure.” International Piano praised “some magically veiled sonorities and exquisite pianissimo… reminiscent of 1970s Pollini” and noted he “knows exactly how far to allow phrases room to dream and breathe before being gently reined back into focus.” Gramophone praised his ability to “transform passages often treated as superficial rhetoric into something thoughtful and communing” and BBC Music Magazine described his playing as having “a lyrical elegance and unselfconscious purity of expression.”
Ian Jones is a highly experienced and much sought-after teacher whose students have enjoyed international success. He is Artistic Director of the World Piano Teachers Association International Piano Competition and often serves on the juries of other international piano competitions. He frequently examines and adjudictaes at other leading conservatoires, including the Royal Academy of Music in London, and is Diploma Examiner and Syllabus Consultant for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He regularly conducts international masterclasses, most recently in Serbia, Japan, Ireland, Greece and Italy and at conservatoires such as Sweden’s Royal College of Music and many keyboard faculties in USA.
He was piano coach, music advisor and composer/performer on the Oscar-nominated film Hilary and Jackie and has also written and performed music for France’s two national theatres in Paris and Strasbourg.
“A fine sense of line, volatility and rapt concentration informs Ian Jones’s performances”