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 interest, including a passion for classical organ. He is also the Director of Keyboard at Eastern University.

"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

F. Chopin — Waltz Op. 64 No. 3

A charming waltz from Chopin. Recorded live Dec 2011, ©2011


F. Chopin — Waltz Op. 64 No. 2

A popular and moody waltz. Recorded Feb 2012, ©2012


J. Silva — Two Wills

An original composition with choreography by Sarah Mettin. Dress rehearsal, recorded live Mar 2015


J. Silva — Wednesday Improvisation

A peaceful and relaxing improvisation, done on a Wednesday. Recorded Aug 2015, ©2015


L. Beethoven — Rondo a capriccio, Op.129

A fun, playful, and virtuosic piece from Beethoven. Recorded May 2009, ©2009


M. Ravel — Fugue (Le tombeau de Couperin)

A beautiful, gentle, and uncharacteristic fugue. Recorded May 2009, ©2009


"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