Duncan Lorien the Musician

Duncan's albums have reached a number one ranking in the United Kingdom new age charts.

Duncan Lorien trained as a classical pianist from the age of 4 and later added guitar and french horn to his musical skills. From the age of  8 he studied singing at Addington Palace in London, headquarters of the Royal School of Church Music, becoming Deputy Head chorister of thousands of choristers worldwide. He performed in choral groups ranging from medieval to musical theatre and composed many songs and instrumental works while continuing his piano studies during his teenage years.

In Southgate college in London he studied drama, opera and composition and then went to St. Luke’s teacher training college in Exeter where he added cello and trombone to the instruments he studied. Finding the approach to music at teacher training college unnecessarily serious and complex he decided to leave in order to further explore his own research in the subject.

As session musician, he has worked with many top bands and artists both in Europe and the U.S.A. Duncan Lorien has been a recording artist, songwriter and producer with BMG Publishing, EMI Records, Polygram, PRT Records, Chappell, Carlin, Intersong, Ocean Disque and ARC Records.

Duncan worked with the guitarist Martin Daley and bassist Mark King (singer/bassist with Level 42) and in 1989 the album he co-wrote with Martin “Architects of Time” was #1 on the U.K. new-age charts. Which CD magazine awarded it top album of 1989 along with Enya’s first album “Watermark”. The title track from the album was the first instrumental over 6 minutes long to be playlisted on numerous radio stations in the U.K.  “Architects of Time” was still in the top ten 3 years later charting above such artists as Enya, Yanni, Tangerine Dream, Rick Wakeman and Andy Summers of The Police.

In 1992 the second album from Daley & Lorien “Dreams of the Yes Men” hit #1 the first week of its release and today is still getting airplay and is a much sought after collectors item. Duncan has performed with artists from all fields of music and in 2003 released a solo instrumental album called “One Life at a Time” drawn from his years of experience working in the music industry and featuring different musical styles he has worked in from Latin to jazz and from classical to progressive rock. He still performs occasionally, most recently singing and playing at a benefit concert for Haiti in front of a crowd of 7000 attendees with live television to tens of thousands of viewers.

He has over five albums of material written and awaiting to be recorded whenever he can take time out from his busy touring schedule and he continues to give private consultations to recording artists and songwriters worldwide in addition to the seminars, lectures and workshops he delivers on five continents.