John Tilbury

John Tilbury ( b. 1936 ) is a British pianist, the compositions of contemporary music lists, but is also active as an improviser.

Life and work

Tilbury learned the composer Manfred Niehaus and Cornelius Cardew know during his military service in Cologne- Ossendorf. As a fellow of the Royal College of Music, he studied piano with Arthur Alexander and James Gibb. He pursued further studies with Zbigniew Drzewiecki in Warsaw, where he founded with Zygmunt Krauze the Warsaw Music Workshop Group (" Warsztat Muzyczny "). In 1968 Tilbury the Gaudeamus Competition for new music in the Netherlands and specialized in the interpretation of contemporary music. Internationally, he turned on relevant festivals works by Earle Brown, John Cage, Cardew, Morton Feldman, Michael Parson, Terry Riley, Terry Jennings and Christian Wolff before (including Warsaw Autumn, Musica Nova Glasgow, Venice Biennale ). With his photographs of these works, he set a standard for the interpretation of contemporary piano music.

Tilbury was founded around 1970 member of Cardew, Howard Skempton and Parson Scratch Orchestra. He is also in the field of new music improvisation as a master pianist: Since 1980 he has been a member of the improvisational ensembles AMM. With Keith Rowe electroacoustic ensemble Mimeo he has The Hands of Caravaggio added that refers suggestions 1602 from a painting by the artist of the year.

In recent years, Tilbury also occurs as an actor ( Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter ). He also writes musicological analyzes via the Scratch Orchestra in the early 1970s; In 2008 he published his biography of Cornelius Cardew, " A Life Unfinished ".