Donald Smith "Don" Airey was born in 1948 in Sunderland, UK and he is the keyboardist of Deep Purple since 2002, after a legend as Jon Lord.
He has had a long and amazing career in HARD ROCK scene, playing with Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne,Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Whitesnake, Saxon, Wishbone Ash, Steve Vai,Colosseum II, Ten, Sinner, Michael Schenker, Rainbow, Empire, Thin Lizzy, Brian May and Living Loud. Inspired by his father Don Airey was trained in classical piano from the age of seven.
He continued earning a degree at the University of Nottingham and a diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 1971 he moved to London joining Cozy Powell's band Hammer. Don worked on several albums with solo artists and was a session musician on the 1978 Black Sabbath album Never Say Die!
Next he joined Rainbow, and featured on Gary Moore's solo debut Back on the Streets.
With Rainbow he published two album as Down to Earth and Difficult to Cure.
He was also part Colosseum II, with Jon Hiseman, Gary Moore, Mike Starrs, Neil Murray and later John Mole.
Next Airey joined with Ozzy Osbourne (Bark at the Moon and Speak of the Devil).
He also played on the Diary of a Madman Tour from 1981 to 1982 and appears on Blizzard of Ozz and was also the only witness to Randy Rhoads's death.
Airey joined Jethro Tull in 1987 for their tour and the he same year also saw the release of Whitesnake's multi-platinum 1987, on which Airey played keyboards.
After he quit the band to record the solo album K2.
In 1990, Airey recorded keyboard parts for several songs on Judas Priest's masterpiece Painkiller but he appeared on only one song, "A Touch of Evil."
In 1997 he arranged and played on "Love Shine a Light" by Katrina and the Waves, conducting the accompanying orchestra at the Eurovision Song Contest. The song won the contest. In 1999 he joined the melodic hard rock band Ten where he played keyboards on the album Babylon, next touring with the band to support this work.
He also worked with Bruce Dickinson on one of Dickinson's solo albums, playing keyboards on "Darkness Be My Friend". Airey also on At Vance's mastermind Olaf Lenk's first solo album Sunset Cruise.
In 2006 Airey featured on Gary Moore's release Old New Ballads Blues contributing to all tracks. In 2008 Airey released his second solo album, A Light in the Sky (in 2014 was published Keyed Up).
In early 2014 Airey joined hard rock band Hollywood Monsters where he played keyboards on one track.
Airey joined Deep Purple in 2001 to fill in for Jon Lord.
Airey joined the band as a full-time keyboardist in March 2002. He has recorded four studio albums with the band, Bananas, Rapture of the Deep, Now What?! and Infinite.