Pianist/fortepianist Emil Duncumb has performed in numerous concerts and festivals both at home in Norway and abroad both as a solo pianist and chamber musician. Highlights include appearances at the Northern Lights Festival (Tromsø), Olavsfestdagene (Trondheim) and International Arts Festival (Gozo). Emil has performed at major venues such as the Oslo Konserthus and Gamle Logen in Oslo, the Presidential Symphony Hall in Ankara, as well as London’s King’s Place and Wigmore Hall with outstanding reviews.
Born in Sheffield in 1990, Emil moved to Norway when he was seven, and started playing the piano the following year. After being admitted to Barratt-Due’s Young Talents Program 2002 with Mark Nippierd, Emil won numerous prizes at the Norwegian Competition for Youth, including two first prizes in the solo category and two first prizes in the duo category with his brother Jadran, who he has played with extensively as a piano-guitar duet ever since. In 2008 Emil won the Senior Class in the Sparre Olsen Competition in addition to an overall Honorary Award and became a student of Liv Glaser. Since then Emil’s studies have taken him to the Royal Academy of Music, the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Juilliard School under the guidance of renowned musicians such as Christopher Elton, Joanna MacGregor and Håvard Gimse.
A keen chamber musician, Emil has has performed with fantastic musicians such as his brother, Jadran Duncumb, the Engegård string quartet, Luke Witchger (Concertmaster for Orchestra Iowa), Nihat Agdac with whom he has performed extensively in Turkey and Cyprus and Eleanor Corr, with whom he founded the chamber group “Pocket Sinfonia”.
Emil particularly enjoys performing works from the classical and early romantic periods both on modern and period instruments, and is currently working on recording transcriptions by Johann Nepomuk Hummel of Mozart’s piano concerti, overtures and symphonies for chamber ensemble on the fortepiano with Pocket Sinfonia.
Photographer: Eskild Abelseth