John Paul Ekins was born in London, began playing the piano at the age of five, and many years later graduated from the Royal College of Music and as a scholar at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with first class degrees, studying with John Barstow and Charles Owen respectively. A winner of nineteen prizes at international competitions, he was presented to her Majesty the Queen and enjoyed a busy career of performing and teaching around the UK and internationally; highlights included recitals at the Wigmore Hall and concerto performances at The Royal Albert Hall. Then Covid19 happened.
His concerts and teaching having disappeared, he set up Cats, Chats & 88 Keys, an online concert series for maintaining a connection with audiences and raising money for first the NHS, then Help Musicians UK. With performances coming live from his music room in south-west London, the series is founded on a passionate belief that classical music is for everyone, fuelled by determination to instil his love for music in others. He delivers informal yet enlightening introductions to welcome and inspire those who are new to classical music, while deepening the experience for those who are more familiar with the genre. He shares his home with five housemates and three quirky cats, who are never far from the music-making.
To watch JP’s concerts:
You can find out more information on John Paul at www.jpekinspianist.com and buy his LIVE solo DVD here: www.jpekinspianist.com/video