JOAN HAVILL was born in New Zealand where she began her musical studies
giving concerts and broadcasts from early childhood. Scholarships brought her to London to study at the Royal College of Music where she joined the class of the celebrated English pianist, Cyril Smith and won several of the College’s most prestigious prizes.
Postgraduate studies sponsored by British Arts Council scholarships took place in
Paris with Nadia Boulanger and later in London with the Hungarian pianists, Ilona Kabos and Louis Kentner. She gave many Wigmore Hall recitals and toured regularly throughout England, Ireland, France and Australasia. She played concertos with many leading orchestras including the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and toured with the Ulster Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra offering a wide ranging concerto repertoire. She recorded for Vox and broadcast for BBC Radio 3, NZBC and BBC Television.
Since 1980 Joan Havill has been a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she was awarded a Fellowship in 1986 and given the title of Senior Professor of Piano in 1996. In recent years she has gained worldwide recognition as a teacher and her students have featured amongst the major prizewinners in such prestigious international competitions as Montreal, Warsaw (Chopin), Marguerite Long, Gina Bacchauer, Leeds, Hamamatsu, Esther Honens and many others.
She gives masterclasses regularly in England and abroad and is a well known adjudicator.