Born in 2002, Berkshire, Harvey began learning the piano at the age of seven, passed Grade 8 with Distinction when he was nine, and achieved a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) Diploma with Distinction aged 11. He currently studies under Professor Edita Stankeviciute of Windsor Piano School and Professor Dmitri Alexeev of the Royal College of Music and has been a student at Eton College since 2016.
Harvey has won numerous piano competitions nationally and internationally. In 2012, Harvey achieved First Prize at the Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition, Newcastle; in 2014, he obtained First Prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition, Hartford, USA; and in the same year, he was winner of the Emanuel Trophy Piano Competition at the North London Music Festival, the Festival’s most prestigious competition. He reached the semi-finals of the ‘Nutcracker’ International Competition in Russia in 2015, which was broadcast live on the ‘Russia-Kultura’ channel on Russian national TV, and in 2016 reached the Keyboard Category Finals of BBC Young Musician, aired on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four.
Harvey has had masterclasses with accomplished pianists, including Charles Owen, John Byrne, Deniz Arman Gelenbe, Dmitri Bashkirov, and Epifanio Comís. He was also selected from hundreds of applicants worldwide in 2014 to attend Lang Lang’s Junior Music Camp in Vienna and was fortunate enough to perform a Brahms piano duet with Lang Lang himself in the Musikverein’s Golden Hall, the home venue for the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra. Most recently Harvey had the opportunity to record for Lang Lang’s new album, Piano Book.
Harvey also studies the violin, organ and harpsichord at Eton and enjoys composing and playing in chamber music ensembles in his spare time. He has a Grade 8 Distinction on the violin, and at fourteen he won the school’s Composition Competition. Alongside his musical studies, his academic pursuits include maths, languages, and writing.