Tallis Barker has performed throughout Europe and the U.S.A. as a solo pianist
and chamber musician, appearing at festivals including Tanglewood and Aspen, and
on WQXR New York. He is a prizewinner of the International Stravinsky Awards and
the New York Chopin Competition. As a composer his works have been performed on
both sides of the Atlantic.
After beginning piano at the age of four, Tallis
studied as a child at the New England Conservatory. He then went on to
concentrate in composition at Harvard, while also developing his piano studies
with Seymour Bernstein. His other most influential teachers have been Joseph
Kalichstein and Luise Vosgerchian, and he has played in masterclasses for
renowned figures such as Richard Goode and Byron Janis.
Finishing magna cum
laude at Harvard, he won numerous awards, including a Fulbright to Oxford and
then an Erasmus Scholarship to Vienna, the research of which culminated in a
doctorate on Beethoven performance practice (Oxford, 1996). Sustaining an
academic element in his work, he has lectured at Oxford and at the Open
His numerous publications range from original research articles in
the Music Review to programme notes for artists including Krystian Zimerman and
Maurizio Pollini on Deutsche Grammophon. His currently performed repertory
includes both Brahms piano concertos, Rachmaninovís Second and Third Concertos,
Beethovenís Emperor and Triple Concertos, as well as solo programs of his own
compositions and transcriptions.
He divides most of his time between England and
Hungary, where he lives with his wife and three children.