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‘…has the wonderful ability to make piano notes glisten like jewelled drops of water’

John Etheridge, Musician

Photography by David Greenshields


There are few musicians who cross musical boundaries with as much relish as David Gordon.

Harpsichordist, jazz pianist and composer David Gordon trained as a mathematician at Bristol University before turning to music full-time. David first began playing for dance, working for a time with many of the stars at the Royal Ballet. A self-taught jazz player, he was subsequently snapped up by a variety of jazz groups, including those of saxophonist Theo Travis and violinist Christian Garrick. He founded the David Gordon Trio in 1995: many of David’s compositions for the trio have been recorded by other bands and saxophonist Andy Sheppard, guitarist John Etheridge and singer Jacqui Dankworth have guested with the trio.

Straddling different musical worlds has been one of the themes of David’s career. A few years ago, he played a harpsichord concerto – complete with improvised cadenza – in a concert in St Martin in the Fields, walked down the road – still in his tails – to Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in Soho, where he was playing for the week.

David has toured all over the world with the gypsy-tango band Zum, the baroque orchestra The English Concert, the piano-led jazz group David Gordon Trio and the early music/jazz group Respectable Groove together with violinists Nigel Kennedy, Christian Tetzlaff, Andrew Manze, David Le Page, Daniel Pioro and singer Jacqui Dankworth, to name but a few. His music is frequently given airplay on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM and on radio stations around the world.

David Gordon appears on numerous albums as composer, leader and sideman; many of his works have been broadcast worldwide, and he has compositions regularly commissioned by festivals, publishers and fellow musicians. Amongst these are four concertos: ‘Romanesque’ for recorder and strings, premiered at the Ryedale Festival, ‘Inspired by Bach’ for jazz piano trio and chamber orchestra, premiered at Cadogan Hall by the London Chamber Orchestra, ‘Il Filo’ for accordion, guitar and chamber orchestra, premiered by Craig Ogden and Miloš Milivojević, and ‘Earthcycle’ a suite of four mini concertos for violin and strings for David Le Page and the Orchestra of the Swan. In addition, he has composed for the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Lahti, with whom he has also appeared as soloist. David has directed the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the Austrian baroque orchestra Concerto Stella Matutina and appeared as soloist with Concerto Köln.

As well as the London Tango Quintet, David is a member of many other ensembles across the musical spectrum.

Who we are

The London Tango Quintet is a unique group of five internationally acclaimed musicians performing tango music at the highest level. Music by the legendary Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla is interspersed with stunning instrumental solos. The result is an energetic, inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable concert of relaxed virtuosity.