David Owen Norris (1991)
The first pianist to be named a Gilmore Artist, David Owen Norris enjoys an illustrious international and varied career. He is an honorary fellow of Keble College, Oxford and an educational fellow of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Norris has been the artistic director at both the Cardiff and Petworth Festivals, and the chairman of the Stearns Institute for Singers at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.
Norris’ career as a pianist has included concertos with the Chicago and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston, the Academy of Ancient Music, and several of the BBC orchestras, including appearances at the Proms. Recent projects include his Haydn adaptation, A New Creation; a new radio-opera, Pugwash Walks the Plank; performances of his oratorio, Prayerbook; and another radio-opera, The Body in the Ballroom. His recordings of Elgar’s Falstaff in Karg-Elert’s piano transcription, the Pomp & Circumstance Marches in his own transcriptions, and Muriel Herbert songs with James Gilchrist, were released in spring 2009.