Oliver Davies studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won the Tagore Gold Medal, and afterwards with Ilona Kabos and Esther Fisher.  Since 1971 he has been a piano professor at the RCM, where he founded the Department of Portraits and Performance History.  His performing career has covered a wide range of styles, from recitals and recordings on early keyboards to modern British premières.  A particular interest in placing music in a historical context has led to a long series of surveys of the musical histories of great British houses and to reconstructions of concerts (for Aldeburgh and the BBC), silent film scores (the NFT), melodramas (the Theatre Museum) and period balls (the National Gallery and the V and A).


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