John Constable was born in London and studied with Harold Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music of which he is a Fellow. He began his career on the music staff of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. He has been principal pianist of the London Sinfonietta since its formation and is also principal harpsichordist of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He is a professor at the Royal College of Music, London.
John has made a great many recital records of songs and chamber music including most recently Tartini’s Devil’s Trill Sonata with Joshua Bell for Sony. His other recordings include a CD of music for viola and piano with Paul Silverthorne, a recital of Liszt songs with Philip Langridge, a collection of Warlock songs with Adrian Thompson and Christopher Maltman, Faure and Ravel with Felicity Palmer, Haydn with Dame Janet Baker, a Spanish Songbook with Jill Gomez, Victorian ballads with Stuart Burrows, Frank Martin with Heinz Holliger and Lecuona songs with Carole Farley. With Lucy Shelton he has recorded Messiaen’s Harawi and the complete songs of Elliott Carter and Stravinsky.
He has accompanied throughout Europe, Japan and the USA, at the Musikverein Vienna, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Metropolitan Museum New York, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Centre, Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the opera houses of Paris, Brussels, Cologne and Geneva.With Lucy Shelton he gave the world premiere of Elliott Carter’s Of Challenge and of Love at the Aldeburgh Festival. They also performed it in Hanover, London, Amsterdam, New York and Chicago.He has given recitals in many London festivals including the BBC’s New British Music and Lutoslawski weekends at the Barbican and the American Independents festival at the South Bank. He was a soloist at both the Boulez festival on the South Bank and the BBC’s Schnittke festival at the Barbican. In 2005 he played a concerto written for him by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead with the London Sinfonietta at the Royal Festival Hall and in 2008 and 2011 he played in performances of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at King’s Place. In 2009 he performed a programme of French song at the Library of Congress, Washington with Carole Farley and was also a soloist in the BBC Promenade Concerts. In 2010 John accompanied Susan Bickley in performances of Berio’s Recital at the Aldeburgh Festival and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
As a harpsichordist John has recorded for Argo, Capriccio, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Hannsler, Philips and Sony.He has performed and recorded concertos with David Atherton, Sir Colin Davis, Hans Werner Henze, Elgar Howarth, Oliver Knussen and Sir Simon Rattle. He has played and directed concertos with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the London Sinfonietta. He played in two Philips cycles of Mozart operas, one conducted by Sir Colin Davis and one by Sir Neville Marriner. He also performed and recorded Cosi fan tutte with Sir Simon Rattle and Don Giovanni with Sir Georg Solti. He has recorded with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra.
He has performed the Elliott Carter Double Concerto with the London Sinfonietta, the Asko Ensemble and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, most recently at the Carter festival at the Barbican.
John also contributes a regular 'You Tube Pick of the Month' item to the London Sinfonietta's e-newsletter. You can catch-up on his choices in the media links on this page.