Touring in Singapore and Malaysia

If you’ve been following my social media sites, you’ll know I’ve been working in Singapore and Johor Bahru (in Malaysia) over the past week. I aim to organise several overseas book tours per year as I love to travel, and I also enjoy meeting teachers and students from different parts of the world. I’m extremely…

The 70th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival

Returning from my latest trip to Asia this week, I reflected on another thoroughly enjoyable sojourn to my favourite part of the world. I visited Asia twice last year and have a further trip planned later in 2018. There are so many wonderful facets to my visit that it can be hard to put into…

Judging the Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2016

I’m delighted to announce that  I will be a judge at the 2016 Chicago Amateur Piano Competition. It’s an international competition which will be live streamed in August from the 24th – 27th, 2016.  I’m one of three judges; my colleagues are Russian pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski (in the middle on the image below), and American…

5 Practice Tips To Instantly Improve A Performance

Over the past few weeks I’ve been travelling around, teaching and adjudicating, providing the opportunity to hear a large and varied smorgasbord of piano playing. Whether pianists are young or old, beginners or very advanced players (and there has been an unusually large cohort of superb playing this year), several issues persist amongst pianists. With this…