Our Team > Graham Fitch - Pianist, teacher, adjudicator and writer
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Graham Fitch maintains an international career as a pianist, teacher, adjudicator and writer. From 1997 to 2008, Graham Fitch 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. Earlier this year, he adjudicated the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and the Abingdon Festival, and will soon adjudicate the Beckenham and Milton Keynes Festivals.
First Prize winner in the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition, he graduated with honours from the Royal College of Music in London where he won the Hopkinson Gold Medal for piano playing. A Fulbright Scholarship then took him to the United States, where he completed his studies with Nina Svetlanova, as well as classes with Leon Fleisher. During much of the 1990s, Graham Fitch's career straddled the Atlantic with solo and chamber performances in England (where he taught piano at the Purcell School) and in Europe and North America. The New York Times spoke of his playing as "an unalloyed pleasure". In the UK he was recitalist at the Bournemouth Festival, and appeared in repeated engagements with the London Chamber Soloists on the South Bank. US activities included concerts with the Trio dell'Arte, and a performance of the Goldberg Variations in Merkin Hall during the 250th Bach anniversary.
ACADEMIC AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND PRIZES New Jersey State Excellence in the Arts (1989); British Schools and Universities Foundation (1984): Fulbright Scholarship (1982-4); Countess of Munster Scholarship (1982); Martin Musical Scholarship (1982); BUNAC Award (1982); Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition (first prize) (1982); Hopkinson Gold 2 Medal and Sydney and Peggy Shimmin Prize (RCM) (1981); Belgian Government Scholarship (harpsichord classes with Kenneth Gilbert) (1980)