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Piano Keyboard Professors, Masters and Tutors: A - Z

Peter Bithell - Diploma d'Onore, Accademia Chigiana, Siena - Piano professor at Guildhall and Drama

Peter Bithell studies with Gordon Green at the Royal Academy of Music and subsequently with Guido Agosti in Italy and with Maria Curio in London.

He won many prizes and awards at International Piano Competitions, notably Busoni (Bolzano), Reina Sofia (Madrid), Paloma O'Shea (Santander), Dubley, Marguerite Long (Paris) and the Rachmaninoff Prize in Italy.

Bithell has played extensively in Europe and South America. He gives regular master classes in USA & China, notably in Spain, and has served on the juries of several International Piano Competitions. He has been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 1987.

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Grace Chan - Pianist, Researcher, Educator, Piano/Keyboard Tutor & Coordinator

Grace is a pianist who was awarded three music scholarships in Hong Kong. She is an experienced piano teacher and academic researcher who has been teaching since 1981.

In London, she has taught a variety piano courses including Access to Higher Education - Introduction to Music (absolute adult beginners to improvers) , Diploma in Music (Intermediate Piano which was formally part of the Integrated Degree in Music course) and Certificate in Music Study (equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate music degree) at Goldsmiths College in the Professional and Community Education (PACE) Performing Arts in Music department as well as Music department for many years.

In 2012, she was nominated by many of her piano students for an excellent teaching award at Goldsmiths.

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Graham Fitch - Pianist, Teacher, Adjudicator and Writer

Graham Fitch maintains an international career as a pianist, teacher, adjudicator and writer. From 1997 to 2008, he was Head of Keyboard at the University of Cape Town, from where he travelled extensively to perform and teach.

Graham was active as a recitalist and keynote presenter at four successive Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conferences from 1999, and has been in residence at London's Royal Academy of Music.

Graham returned from a concert and teaching tour of Singapore and Australia in 2012, with masterclasses at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Griffith University, and Melbourne’s Team of Pianists. He adjudicated the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and the Abingdon Festival.

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Philip Fowke – Pianist, Professor and Senior Fellow of Keyboard at Trinity College of Music (now is Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)

Philip Fowke taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London until the early 1990s when he joined the faculty of Trinity College of Music. Since 2000 he has been pianist with the London Piano Quartet which had a residency at the Dartington International Summer School.

Philip Fowke, known for his many BBC Promenade Concert appearances, numerous recordings and broad range of repertoire, has appeared in many of the major concert halls worldwide with leading conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Simon Rattle and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky.

He has made recordings for EMI, Lyrita, Unicorn, CRD, Chandos and Naxos. These include the concertos of Addinsell, Bliss, Delius, Hoddinnott, Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Tchaikowsky.

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Coady Green - Pianist, Piano Teacher at Goldsmiths College, University of London

Coady Green is acknowledged as a major rising talent on the international concert circuit, having been described as “a virtuoso pianist with sensitivity, intelligence and charm”, and “accurate and exhilarating”, (Musical Opinion, London), with “a strong and versatile technique capable of the most delicate colouring and tonal brilliance, rising to the challenges of extreme virtuoso demands with relish” (The Advertiser, South Australia).

He is undertaking his performance PhD at Goldsmiths College, The University of London, where he is also a member of staff as a teacher of piano performance. He is an Artistic Director and jury member of the on-going international Open Piano Competition.

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Ruth Harte - MBE FRAM - Former piano professor at the Royal Academy of Music London

Ruth Harte has given piano and chamber music recitals all over the world, played with the London Symphony, BBC Symphony and other orchestras, and given many Master Classes with pianists of all ages.

She has been an Examiner and Mentor for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music as well as a busy Adjudicator. Several of her pupils have become distinguished musicians.

She won a scholarship and many prizes, studying with Vivian Langrish at the Royal Academy of Music. She is a Fellow and former professor of the Academy and was awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours in 2007.

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Niel Immelman - Professor at the Royal College of Music

Niel Immelman studied with Cyril Smith, Ilona Kabos and Maria Curcio. He was still a student at the RCM when Bernard Haitink invited him to play Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This successful début was followed by further appearances with the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic and other major orchestras at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and it marked the beginning of a concert career that has taken him to every continent.

His commercial recordings have received outstanding critical acclaim and have featured in Classic CD magazine’s “Pick of the Year”; his survey of the complete piano works of Suk on the Meridian label is a first in recorded history.

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Julian Jacobson - MA, GRSM, ARCM - Professor of piano and chamber music at the Royal College of Music

Julian studied at the Royal College of Music and Oxford University. He was Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama from 1992-96. Since 2000 he is a professor of piano and chamber music at the Royal College of Music.

He gives frequent master classes to both professional and amateur pianists and has adjudicated three times at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. He was an Artistic Director of the Paxos International Music Festival, Greece, for 17 years

As a solo pianist and ensemble player he has toured in over forty countries on five continents and made more than 20 CDs.

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Philip Jenkins FRAM FRSAMD

Philip Jenkins is widely recognised as one of Britain's most sought-after teachers. He studied with Harold Craxton at the Royal Academy of Music in London, in Paris with Jacques Fevrier, and then with the legendary pianist Dame Myra Hess. Early in his career he won First Prize in the Daily Mirror National Competition for Young Pianists and later in recognition of his impressive achievements at international competitions in Warsaw, Leeds, Bolzano and Brussels he was awarded the prestigious Dame Harriet Cohen International Piano Gold Medal.

Philip Jenkins' career as soloist and chamber music player has taken him to many parts of the world including North America, the Far East and throughout Europe. He has played with leading British and European orchestras with conductors including Jean-Pierre Jacqillat, Maurice Handford, Bohdan Wodiczko, Pall Pamplicher Palsson and Malcolm Arnold and has made recordings for the Chandos, Saga and Gaudeamus labels. He has given masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY and the Manhattan School (New York), and at other leading world conservatories in Beijing, Shanghai, St Petersburg, Amsterdam, Oslo, Thessaloniki, Reykjavik, Busan and Seoul and has taught numerous international prize-winning pianists including Marina Nadiradze, Ana Gogava, Arta Arnicane, Anano Gokieli, Polina Kogan, Evgeny Morozov and Sinae Lee.

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Sharona Joshua - Teaches fortepiano at Birmingham Conservatoire

Israeli-born Sharona Joshua studied the piano with the late Professor Alexander Volkov and was awarded numerous scholarships during her studies at the Rubin Academy leading to a BMus degree in performance in 1995.

In 1993-4 she studied fortepiano in London with the late Christopher Kite after being awarded a further scholarship to spend a year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Sharona now appears regularly as soloist, chamber musician and continuo player on concert platform and radio. She has performed as soloist at major festivals all over the UK as well as abroad – Belgium, Poland, Spain, Germany, and in the USA.

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Wilfrid Murray - Piano master and teacher at the London College of Music

Wilfrid Murray trained originally at the Royal College of Music, studying Piano with Cyril Smith and Theory with Stephen Dodgson. After leaving college he continued lessons with Albert Ferber, played in various chamber and solo recitals and established a teaching practice in South-West London.

Recital venues have included Leighton House, Burgh House, Penn House, Royal Holloway College, London College of Music and Hinde St. Church.

In 1998 he gained a Master Degree in Performance studies at the London College of Music, achieving a Distinction and award of the Postgraduate Prize. Present teaching posts include the London College of Music, other educational settings in London.

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Matthew Schellhorn - Pianist, Piano Teacher at University of Cambridge

Matthew Schellhorn is active as a teacher, giving regular masterclasses and workshops in this country and abroad. For several years, he has taught at the University of Cambridge, where he also gives instrumental tuition and chamber to coaching to numerous students. He has made teaching visits to several university music departments and conservatoires.

Matthew Schellhorn studied in Manchester and Cambridge. His teachers included Peter Hill and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen.

He has given recitals in many major venues throughout the UK, including Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. He has been guest soloist at several international festivals and has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and Radio France.

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Margaret Turner - ABRSM piano examiner both in UK and overseas Hong Kong

Margaret is an experienced piano teacher and examiner, and has travelled abroad as well as all round the British Isles for ABRSM.

Piano playing is in the blood! Margaret always played as a child and a great deal at school too. This was followed by studies at the Royal Academy of Music where she also played the flute. The years were enjoyable with musicianship, musical understanding and particularly teaching experience being very helpful, especially in the final year.

After her years at the RAM, where she gained her Degree and Diploma, Margaret began her career as a piano teacher in 1970.

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