With more than 70 albums to his credit, reflecting an enormous variety of genres and styles, Britain's John Lenehan ranks as one of the most versatile pianists on the classical scene today. His activities have extended beyond classical music into jazz, and beyond the piano into composition and arranging. Lenehan was born in 1958 and grew up in central London. His first musical experiences came in school, on the recorder, as with so many others of his generation, but at eight he took up the piano. As a teen he studied piano, violin, and later viola, and he benefited from free lessons organized by the Centre for Young Musicians of the Inner London Educational Authority, "which no longer exists," he notes." He attended St. Joseph's Academy and then the Royal Academy of Music, studying both piano and viola, but gravitated toward piano parts in chamber music as he went along. His career as a soloist developed as well, and he has appeared at the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra and at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic.