Florian Pilkington-Miksa was born in 1950 into an extremely wealthy family
in Roehampton. The family home was described variously as "palatial" and "baronial," complete
with two-and-a-half acres of tended rose gardens and apple orchards. The house sported a
ballroom, which Curved Air occasionally used as a rehearsal facility in the early days.
Florian took up playing the drums at the age of ten and was given lessons to
further his abilities. He attended and graduated from the exclusive Eton College. This left
little time for drum practice, although he set up his kit whenever he returned home on holiday.
Following school, he seriously considered entering into the British military, feeling the discipline
would be beneficial. "A friend of mine started to make arrangements for me to go into the
11th Hussars and I went down to stay at his place in the country. But I was turned down, on
security grounds I think, because my father is Polish. The case was taken up on my behalf, but
by the time the Ministry of Defence had changed their minds, I'd decided to try something
different! So while we were staying down there, a group of us started playing together, and we
formed our own group, Sisyphus. This developed over a period of weeks into Curved Air."
Florian remained with Curved Air for the first three albums and returned to perform
on the 1974 reunion tour and the 1990 reunion gigs. Following the first breakup of the band, he
joined Kiki Dee's band, both recording and touring.
Although reticent to comment on his percussive abilities, progressive music aficionados
know his drumming to be extraordinary. His work on "Vivaldi," "Everdance,"
"Propositions," and the entire "Live" and "Alive, 1990" albums places him in the same category with
Bruford, Collins, Pyle, and Wyatt.
Florian is an extremely private
person, and has always kept a low profile. Since the 1990 reunion, he has surfaced only
in 1991 to play on the soon-to-be-released "Jam" CD with Francis and Rob Martin. Friends have said
he spends most of his time privately, devoted to his art and music.