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. He often broadcasts on the BBC and Classic FM, performs regularly with leading orchestras and has a great international reputation in Europe and America.
Born in Lancashire, Phillip Dyson began musical studies at an early stage and by the age of twelve had given a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which launched a busy and successful performing career. He studied at the Royal College of Music with Colin Horsley and John Lill, and also with William Lloyd Webber. At the age of 27 he was appointed Professor of Piano at the London College of Music. He has appeared at major festivals throughout Britain and most frequently appears in London, including the South Bank Centre and St John’s, Smith Square. He tours overseas every year, particularly in the United States and Europe. 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. In addition, he 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.
As a leading exponent of British music, in the concert hall, on CD and for the BBC, Phillip Dyson has long had the music of Sir Malcolm Arnold in his repertoire. He gave the Irish première and first performance outside the United Kingdom of Arnold’s Fantasy on a theme of John Field, broadcast live from the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in celebration of the composer’s eightieth birthday. His performances of the Fantasy were warmly praised by the composer, who described his interpretation of the work as so sympathetic and so exactly what he had in mind when he wrote the piece that it was quite uncanny: ‘of all the distinguished pianists who have performed the composition over the years I cannot think of any who have added so much to my work as has Phillip Dyson on each occasion it has been my privilege to hear him perform the Fantasy’.