John Paul Ekins
In great demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, John Paul Ekins has given performances throughout the UK and overseas.
He studied first at the Royal College of Music with John Barstow, graduating in 2009 with First Class Honours; in the same year he was awarded the James Anthony Horne Scholarship by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with Charles Owen, graduating with a Masters in Performance (Distinction) in 2011. The recipient of a Music Education Award from the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, John Paul receives generous support from Making Music, The Concordia Foundation, The Razumovsky Trust and The Keyboard Charitable Trust.
He has performed as soloist at a number of prestigious venues in the UK and abroad, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room; Bergen’s Troldhaugen; Birmingham’s Symphony Hall; Bucharest’s Athenaeum; Krakow’s Florianka Hall; Prague’s Martinu Hall and Zurich’s Tonhalle. His concerto highlight thus far has been his 2013 debut at The Royal Albert Hall, where he performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue alongside Southbank Sinfonia. International Competition successes include some nineteen awards, scholarships and prizes including acceptance onto the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artists’ Programme. Educational and outreach work is enormously important to John Paul, and he has given workshops and masterclass-recitals with great success in the UK. He was recently appointed as piano teacher at St. Paul’s School, London. John Paul was particularly honoured to be presented to the Queen and Prince Philip at a Reception for Young Performers at Buckingham Palace.