JOHN IRVING is Professor of Historical Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and Associate  Fellow of The Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Previously Director of the IMR - the UK’s national music research institution - John has been Professor of Music at the University of Bristol and at the University of London. He now divides his time between his academic work at Trinity and his performing career as a fortepianist.

John is an internationally recognized Mozart scholar. He has published five books on Mozart, including an international best-selling biography, The Treasures of Mozart, and scholarly texts on Mozart’s Piano Sonatas and Concerti. He is also a performer, specialising in 18th-century historical performance practice as a fortepianist, clavichordist and harpsichordist. His recent performances include appearances at Brighton Early Music Festival, LSO St Lukes, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and King’s Place, London; a recital in the ‘Intimate Encounters’ series at Clare Hall, Cambridge; the North York Moors Music Festival; Petersham Festival; Tudeley Festival; and at the Greenwich Early Music Festival. His latest CD recording project (for release in early 2013) is a Mozart programme on a historic clavichord dating from 1763 in the Russell Collection, University of Edinburgh and is supported by The British Academy. In addition to his academic work, John is a performer, principally of classical chamber music with Ensemble DeNOTE. A preview from Ensemble DeNOTE’s DVD on Mozart’s ‘Kegelstatt’ Trio, K.498 for Clarinet, Viola and Piano is available here. The full documentary may be seen on iTunesU.

Besides research and performance, John’s career has also included many management positions in national music organisations, including his present appointments as Vice President of The Royal Musical Association and Trustee of the Horniman Museum, as well as being a member on various advisory boards, such as the British Library Journal. He is an Associate Fellow of The Institute of Musical Research, a Fellow of The Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

His most recent book, Understanding Mozart’s Piano Sonatas, is published by Ashgate:

Outputs from John’s recent research project, “Mozart on the Hass Clavichord” (a British Academy funded project exploring the performance of Mozart’s keyboard works on the clavichord) comprise a CD recording released on sfzmusic in 2012 and an associated web resource ( He has also written a chapter on eighteenth-century musical topics and historically informed performance for forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory (2014)

PREVIOUSLY RELEASED... Clarinets by Arrangement, also on sfzmusic and featuring John Irving on fortepiano and Jane Booth on a variety of classical clarinets.

Sonatas from the Court of Salzburg on the sfzmusic label is a CD of solo harpsichord sonatas by Leopold Mozart and his Salzburg contemporaries, recorded on a Johann Adolphe Hass harpsichord of 1764.


JOHN IRVING is Professor of Performance Aesthetics at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London, and an Associate Fellow of The Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He was previously Professor of Music at The University of Bristol and Director of The Institute of Musical Research. Recent research outputs include the British Academy-funded project, ‘Mozart on the Hass Clavichord’.




“a sympathetic, skilful performance …and a persuasive argument for period instruments”


Haydn, Sonata in E flat Hob.XVI:49 at The Cobbe Collection, Hatchlands (late 18th-c fortepiano from the workshop of J. A. Stein)


Extract from Mozart, Fantasia in D minor, K.397


Eberlin, Sonata in G major - finale