John Silva

Pianist and Composer

"The entire recital was magical ... I was captivated by his artistry."

- Sam Hsu, PhD

About John

As a performer, John desires to convey the warmth and beauty of the piano. His affection for tonal colours is apparent in his pianism and in his own compositions—his music is enchanting, taking his listeners to another place.

John began playing and improvising on the piano at the age of three. His teachers include the esteemed pianists Abbey Simon and Douglas Finch  and he has participated in masterclasses by Martino Tirimo.  He studied composition and theory with Dr. Daniel Barta and Dr. William Pursell.  John has performed as a soloist internationally and was a finalist in the Alfred Kichen Chopin Competition. He is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music and received the Master of Music degree in performance as a scholarship student at the Trinity College of Music in London, UK.

While John focusses on classical piano and composition, he has many musical interests, including a passion for classical organ. He is also the Director of Keyboard at Eastern University.

John is a Mason & Hamlin Artist.

"John ... drew the audience inward, toward the music, with a rare kind of aural magnetism ... the musical sounds themselves took an unadulterated preeminence.”

- Erikson Rojas, DMA

A. Scriabin: Prelude Op. 17 No. 3

A beautiful and captivating prelude from Alexander Scriabin. Recorded ©2019, Mason & Hamlin BB.

J. Silva: Two Wills

An original composition for flute and piano to accompany a contempory ballet 'pas de deux’ piece. Choreography by Sarah MettinRecorded live ©2015. John Silva (piano, Steinway B), Margaret Claudin (flute), danced by Sierra Levin and Jonathan Tavares.

"His technique is prodigious, his knowledge of the repertoire is well informed, his interpretation is convincing and distinctive, and his connection with the audience is unforced and disarmingly accessible."

- Ronald Alan Matthews, DMA