Professor David Owen Norris

Professor David Owen Norris

Professor of Musical Performance

Research interests

  • Nineteenth-century pianofortes
  • The interpretation of Marks of Expression
  • Mendelssohn

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

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David Owen Norris won the Prize of the City of Geneva in the Geneva Competition, and the Accompanist’s Prize at Leeds, and since his appointment to the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, has performed on pianos both ancient and modern all across the world, with concerto appearances in the BBC Proms, concert tours of Europe, Australia and North America and a discography of 60 commercial CDs. Recordings recently released include Mozart on fortepiano for Hyperion, featured in the New York Times, the complete Chamber Music of Grace Williams, which was a Guardian CD of the Week, and the complete songs of Sir Arthur Sullivan on Chandos.


He was the regular presenter of The Works and In Tune on BBC Radio 3, where in 2022 he presents his 32nd Building a Library. His many Radio 4 programmes include the iPod series, exploring the musical tastes of historical celebrities, from Nell Gwynn to Oscar Wilde. His television work includes the long-running BBC2 series Chord of the Week, and programmes about authentic performance, English composers, and historical pianos.