Dawn Hardwick hails from the small town of Mountain Ash, in the Welsh valleys where she began her piano studies. Dawn attended the prestigious Chetham's School of Music studying with Alicia Fiderkiewicz followed by the RWCMD with Richard McMahon and Philip Martin, and continued her performance studies at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Julian Jacobson.
Dawn is an experienced concerto soloist, with a varied repertoire from more traditional piano concertos to contemporary collaborations and experimental music. Most recently, she performed John Psathas’ double concerto ‘View From Olympus’ with percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and the British Sinfonietta to great acclaim, and was subsequently invited to perform with Dame Evelyn at the Southbank Sky Arts Awards, broadcast on the Sky Arts channel, and also on BBC One’s ‘The One Show’ in 2015.
One of her great loves is orchestra/ensemble playing, and she regularly works as an orchestral pianist/celeste/keyboards player with many of the UK's top orchestras both at home and on tour.
Dawn regularly performs as an accompanist for various musicians, and has been involved in many radio and television broadcasts such as James May’s ‘Man Lab’, BBC One's ‘The One Show’ and the Southbank Sky Arts Awards. She was the pianist for English Touring Opera’s production of Tippett’s ‘King Priam’ for which they won an Olivier Award and has recently been working with animator Gregoire Pont in his performances of ‘Cinesthetics’ – live animation to the solo piano music of Ravel, in association with Maestro Arts.
Dawn joined Piano Circus in 2008 and since then has performed works by, and worked closely with composers such as Steve Reich, Graham Fitkin, Brian Eno, Louis Andriessen, Julia Wolfe, Terry Riley, Nico Muhly and Dave Maric, as well as giving multiple keyboard masterclasses and workshops at institutions such as RWCMD, Birmingham Conservatoire and Cardiff University. Large-scale projects have included presenting the BBC Proms Family Music Intro for Multiple Piano Day broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Keyboard Collective Project (Sound Festival, Scotland), Timezones festival in Bari, Italy, and performances in Colorado and New Jersey, USA.