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John Alley is one of the world's leading orchestral pianists and a renowned accompanist. He was Principal Keyboard Player of the London Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, as well as performing and recording with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.


John has performed and collaborated with the great maestros of the 20th and 21st century, including Boulez, Bernstein, Solti, Mehta, Haitink, Masur, Berio, Lutoslawski, Gergiev, Colin Davis and many others. He features on many important recordings, has performed in hundreds of BBC Proms, and played on dozens of major film soundtracks – including Harry Potter and Star Wars. 

John now lives in France but continues to work worldwide, most recently recording in China with the LPO. He is available for live and recorded accompaniment projects.


"John Alley was my favourite accompanist. When performing we shared an understanding that did not need words. HIs musicality and sensitivity and his innate understanding of song made him a very special associate and made performing a joy. Recently, for me, John recorded a  backing track for 'An die ferne Geliebte' of Beethoven that I could use to rehearse with a graduating student who was not yet ready to take  the traditional slower tempo. I simply explained to John what tempi I needed, listing some metronome markings, and I now have a perfect backing for this young singer. John's love of song has remained together with his understanding of what the voice needs in a supportive accompaniment.  It is exciting that one can now draw on this great resource."

Patricia Price 

(Vocal Consultant to  MMus, Opera Performance, University of Melbourne; Retired Head of Vocal Studies and Opera, Western Australian Academy of Music; Retired Director, Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song)

"John's recordings are a must for any singer needing an accompaniment.  John's playing is beautiful but his knowledge of the repertoire means he provides an entirely sympathetic and musical accompaniment."

Deborah Miles-Johnson

(Mezzo-soprano, Royal Opera House; Vocal coach, BBC Symphony Chorus) 

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