Tokyo International Piano Association (TIPA)

I’m extremely honoured to be on the faculty of this inspiring and versatile association, and, in today’s blog post, I would like to share a little more information about its achievements, aims and aspirations. The Tokyo International Piano Association (TIPA) was founded in 2016 by Japanese concert pianist and Artistic Director Aisa Ijiri. Aisa’s dream…

Developing the Fourth and Fifth Finger

My most recent piano technique feature article for Piano Professional, which is the European Piano Teachers Association’s primary UK publication, focuses on a host of different ways to help students become aware, and start using (albeit carefully), their fourth and fifth fingers. I hope it’s of interest. In my last article, I discussed the importance…

Master Class with Alfred Brendel

It’s been a while since I last posted a master class, but I’ve always enjoyed highlighting them here on my blog. The following class is particularly interesting as it focuses entirely on Franz Liszt’s monumental Sonata in B minor S.178, and is hosted by legendary Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel. Recorded at the Royal College of…

Explorer Piano Duets: the winners

Many thanks to all those who took part in my weekend competition. I had two copies of Australian composer Wendy Hiscocks’ Explorer Piano Duets to give away to two lucky winners. The winners are: Julie Reeman and AmyPianist Many congratulations! Please send your full name and address via my contact page on this blog, and…

Explorer Piano Duets: Weekend Competition

Over the coming weekend, I’m running one of my weekend competitions, featuring a publication by renowned Australian composer Wendy Hiscocks. Explorer piano duets are intended for adventurous students and teachers, and this valuable resource will bring the magic of music making alive for less advanced pianists. Imaginative accompaniments for teachers transform the student’s part and…

Tricky Corners: Smooth Passagework

In my previous Tricky Corners post, I focused on fifth finger leaps within a passage from C P E Bach’s Sonata in A flat, H. 31 (first movement, Un poco allegro); you can read the article, here. Today’s post will continue with this piece, looking, this time, at another caveat which can present serious issues…

24 Steinways in Cardiff

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has become an ‘All Steinway’ music school. The Cardiff-based conservatoire joins the ranks of several music schools and universities who already enjoy this prestige. The RWCMD  is understandably excited by this recent development, and one of their fourth-year students (and my ex-student), Amy Reynolds, participated in the…

Pianists From The Past: Blanche Selva

Pianists From the Past is garnering a steady readership and taking on a life of its own. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed publishing the many interesting and informative articles so generously written by a host of eminent musicians. Today’s superb offering, featuring French pianist, pedagogue and composer Blanche Selva (1884 – 1942), has been written by Professor…

Chakra Suite for Clarinet & Piano

2020 is not a year which we will remember fondly. It’s been extremely upsetting for us all to witness the demise of the ‘live’ performance what with the closing of theatres, concert halls, and many arts venues – and some will probably never re-open. Those of us who teach have been generally been fortunate, with…

Pianists From The Past: Eleanor Sokoloff

Pianists From The Past continues today with a fascinating article featuring renowned American pianist and piano pedagogue Eleanor Sokoloff, who died in July 2020. The following tribute has been penned by her student, British international concert pianist and professor of piano at the Royal College of Music, Leon McCawley. Over to Leon… In memory of…