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About John York
British pianist John York has become equally well known as a solo pianist, a chamber player, a duo pianist with his wife, Fiona York, and an educator. He has recorded a substantial portion of the cello and piano repertory with cellist Raphael Wallfisch.
York grew up in the English town of Eastbourne, in East Sussex. His mother was a strong pianist, and the family piano tuner, realizing York's talent, recommended that he be taught by the town's best piano teacher, who lived nearby. York went on to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the late 1960s, and then studied in Paris and Vienna. Growing fascination with the French piano repertory fueled his desire to become a professional pianist, and he studied further in Paris, where he won the International Debussy Prize in 1973, and Vienna. York made his recital debut at Wigmore Hall in London in 1974, and that launched a successful solo career that included appearances with the London Philharmonic and the London Mozart Players. Over time, the emphasis in his career turned to chamber music. He founded the York Piano Trio and York Piano Quartet, and he has performed with a roster of top international musicians and ensembles, including the Wihan and Lindsay quartets, vocalist Sarah Walker, and violist Rivka Golani. His most significant partnerships have been with Wallfisch, with whom he has recorded two cycles of Beethoven's works for cello and piano, and with Fiona York, as York2, performing a Wigmore Hall concert in 2004 to observe the 30th anniversary of his debut there.
York's recording career has been vigorous and varied. He has recorded for various labels, most prominently Nimbus, and has issued solo albums (including two that have covered the complete solo works of James MacMillan) and chamber music in equal measure. York and Wallfisch recorded the two cello sonatas of Brahms, with the rare posthumously published Sonatensatz, in 2019. York taught for many years at the Guildhall and at the St Paul's Girls' School in London. He has also been on the faculty of Switzerland's Astona International Music Academy. ~ James Manheim