Dorian Ford’s unique and personal playing style takes in jazz, classical, folk and rock. Taking up heartfelt melodies and deep grooves, his music journeys devotedly and fearlessly across the vast musical landscape with all its deep history and traditions. Dorian calls his approach to performance ‘Total Piano’, giving equal weight to all repertoire across genres (A Sisyphean task!). He was twice recipient of the Chick Corea Jazz Masters Award. He started playing jazz at WAC, an inclusive local workshop led by Ian Carr, before studying at Berklee School of Music.
He regularly plays nationally as well as in London (The Vortex, 606, Ronnie Scott’s, Wigmore Hall). His music has had BBC Radio 3 airplay and been used in film, including features by Stephen Frears (Mrs Henderson Presents) and Josh Appignanesi (New Man and Female Human Animal) in which he also appeared as an actor.
He has received acclaim from influential jazz critics Ian Mann, Selwyn Harris and John Fordham (‘an incandescent trio’), from Musician magazine, and endorsements from eminent composer Hugh Wood, and director of the Vortex, Ollie Weindling. His trio received Arts Council and Creative Scotland support for UK touring. More recently concerts in Australia, Japan, and France, have continued to develop this personal genre of music making.