Davis’s instrumental mastery was cultivated at The Juilliard School and Brown University. His education, coupled with a lifelong immersion in African-American music, literature and folklore, lie at the core of his cutting-edge career as performer, recording artist, author and collector.
Davis’s recent appearances at Strathmore, Joe’s Pub and Le Poisson Rouge in New York marked the listening public’s first exposure to countless piano works not heard since the lifetime of their composers who, both white and black, had been missing links on the continuum of American music. Prior to his work with Mark Twain, Blind Tom, and Blind Boone, Davis had already earned critical praise for his recital debuts at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, and his regular collaborations with many of the world’s most respected young chamber musicians.
A graduate of The Phillips Exeter Academy, Davis holds a BA from Brown, where he studied piano with Aube Tzerko, Gabriel Chodos, and Seth Carlin while completing a double major in History and Russian Language and Literature. He subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in piano at Juilliard under the tutelage of Beveridge Webster, and studied with Herbert Stessin. John Davis is a Steinway Artist.