Carl Humphries is the author of the bestselling Piano Handbook. He was born in London, England, in 1966, and studied piano and composition in London, Berlin, and Turin, pursuing theoretical studies at the University of Cambridge. He works as a pianist, teacher, and composer, specialising in the relationship between theory and performance. His lectures and workshops are in demand at universities and music conservatoires in European countries and in the United States, and he has performed at a number of major classical and jazz venues, as well as for television. He has written extensively on music education, contemporary music, and the philosophy of music.