Neil Georgeson is a pianist, writer, composer and director from the Shetland Islands. He appears regularly and widely as a solo pianist and chamber musician, and has performed as a soloist all over the world, and at UK venues such as King's Place, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Barbican, St David's Hall in Cardiff, the Colston Hall in Bristol and the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, as well as more unconventional venues like the Glastonbury Festival and the Village Underground, and at London contemporary music nights Kammerklang and Nonclassical. He has appeared at festivals such as 'Soundings' at the Austrian Cultural Forum, the York Late Music Festival, Sounds New in England and France, and the Johnsmas Foy in Shetland, for which he was commissioned as a composer. He has worked with a great many illustrious composers on their music such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Martin Bresnick, Diana Burrell, Bent Sørensen and Jonathan Harvey. Neil has performed with the Kammerklang Ensemble, the Arcomis Ensemble, the Continuum Ensemble, the Riot Ensemble and the London Contemporary Orchestra. He also performs in a piano duo with James Young, giving their London debut at The Forge in Camden in 2014 for the Park Lane Group. He enjoyed a prize-winning academic career on scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Patsy Toh, Joanna Macgregor and Ian Fountain. He completed a Masters degree with a highly-acclaimed thesis on the role of the performer in classical music, which became the exemplar dissertation for Masters students, then became a Fellow at the Academy working with composers on new music. Also having a theatre background, Neil has written three opera libretti: KETTLEHEAD for Darren Bloom, Angela, an inverted love story for Corin Buckeridge, and Njogel for James Young, with whom he also created the improvised music-theatre show Event001. He has directed, produced and written music and text for "Piano Theatre", a cross-disciplinary tour of Taiwan with Veronica Yen. Neil is Artistic Director of new-music group the Ossian Ensemble, for whom he plays the piano as well as curating concerts, directing new chamber opera and creating site-specific promenade events incorporating theatrical elements and multimedia. Neil joined Piano Circus in 2015.
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