Harvey Davies studied the piano with Helen Davies and David Parkhouse then with Ryszard Bakst at the Royal Northern College of Music. His career as a chamber musician has taken him to four continents and throughout the UK.
With his wife, the ‘cellist Heather Bills, Harvey has founded the Manchester-based chamber group The Pleyel Ensemble. Comprising some of the finest string and wind players in the UK and specialising in British chamber music and lesser-known Classical works the Pleyels run concert series in Chapel-en-le-Frith and Didsbury and have already given more than two hundred concerts since their formation in 2011. They are Making Music featured Artists for 2019/20 for the second time in three years. The Pleyel Ensemble have released the first two of four volumes of Cooke’s chamber music on the MPR label. Most of the works recorded are World Premières. Recent projects have included performing all of Mozart’s works for piano and violin with Sarah Ewins and the complete Haydn piano trios with Sarah and Heather Bills.
As a Fellow in Historical Performance at the RNCM, Harvey gives lectures and coaches chamber music alongside his work as a staff pianist. He lives in Manchester with his wife, the cellist Heather Bills and is currently studying the works of the English composer Arnold Cooke for his Ph.D. at the RNCM.
Harvey has collaborated with many eminent musicians including the Alberni, Benyounes, Callino and Carducci Quartets, Atar Arad, Alison Balsom, James Bowman, Rebecca Evans, James Gilchrist, Tony Halstead, Janet Hilton, Guy Johnston, Jennifer Pike and Elena Urioste and as a freelance player, Harvey has worked with all the orchestras in the North West including the Hallé, RLPO, Manchester Camerata, NCO and the contemporary music group Ensemble 10/10.
The Davies Duo, Harvey and his mother Helen, have worked together since 1990. They have performed and recorded extensively and commissioned many new works for piano duet as well as rediscovering some of the huge wealth of Classical and early Romantic 4-hand music. Their latest CD, ‘Diversity’, features works written for them by Welsh composers and was received to critical acclaim.
“The powerful symphonic structure of Kenneth Leighton’s Sonata for Four Hands was masterfully revealed in this authoritative performance”
“(The Davies Duo)…a fine reputation for intelligent, sensitive, technically assured and vital performances of a wide range of 20th century repertoire…”
British Music Society News.
“(Diversity) is a superb disc, and world class in terms of production, programme and performance.”