David Knotts - Composer, Pianist, Conductor

Composer, Pianist, Conductor


David Knotts studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Maria Solimini before going to King’s College, Cambridge where he was an Instrumental Award holder, the recipient of numerous prizes. He took part in several masterclasses with David Owen-Norris and Bernard Roberts at Dartington and with Pierre-Laurent Aimard in France.

An extremely versatile pianist, David Knotts has developed a wide-ranging performing career. He has regularly worked as a repetiteur for the BBC Singers, Friday Night is Music Night and the BBC Symphony chorus and, as an orchestral pianist, he as played with Sinfonia Viva and the City of London Sinfonia. David is also an experienced session musiciain and is featured on the soundtrack of I Capture the Castle and Miss Potter. He has also broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (with the BBC Singers) and worked with conductors Simon Joly, Stephen Cleobury, Martyn Brabbins, Ronald Corp, Barry Wordsworth, Stephen Jackson & Pierre Boulez.

His work as a composer makes David Knotts an ideal performer in new repertoire and he has premièred works by Alexander Levine, Daniel Grimley, Alasdair Nicolson, Morgan Hayes, Anjula Semmens & Stephen Deazley. David performs regularly with a number of ensembles including Music at the Brewhouse and The Assembly Project. He also works regularly in recital with oboist Julian West, pianist Helen Crayford, and singers, Alison Wells, Jessica Walker and Anna Huntley. In 2013, he released an album with Portuguese saxophonist, Henrique Portovedo and has recorded for ABRSM.


Alongside piano teaching at Canterbury Christchurch University, David has a wide range of private students of all ages and abilities from absolute beginners to those working for ABRSM exams and diplomas. He is also a staff accompanist at Trinity College of Music and Canterbury Christchurch University.