Born in Dorset, Duncan Honeybourne won prizes at the Royal Academy of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he graduated with First Class Honours and later received the honorary award of HonBC for professional distinction. He also worked with John York and Fanny Waterman, and completed his studies on a Goldenweiser Scholarship in London with the Russian pianist Mikhail Kazakevich. Since his solo debut at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in 1998, he has established a rich and diverse career as pianist and educator and is most widely known as a leading interpreter of 20th century British and Irish piano music.
Duncan has played concertos and given recitals at many major venues and at leading festivals, and has broadcast frequently as a solo recitalist on BBC Radio 3 and in Ireland, Switzerland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He has given many first performances of new works dedicated to him by celebrated composers, including John Joubert (Piano Sonata no.3), Sadie Harrison (Lunae and Shadows), the Andrew Downes Second Piano Sonata at Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery in 2003 and the Downes Piano Concerto at Birmingham Town Hall in 2009. Duncan’s double CD of English and Irish piano music for EM Records was released in 2013 to warm critical praise; his discography includes the complete solo piano music of Moeran alongside works by Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Bax, Howells and more neglected figures such as Aloys Fleischmann, Greville Cooke, Archy Rosenthal and Thomas Pitfield.
Duncan’s repertoire includes 25 different piano concertos and a broad spectrum of solo works, and he has partnered many distinguished artists in chamber music. He is a Tutor in Piano at the University of Southampton and Founder/Artistic Director of the Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts.