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Head of Keyboard from Summer 2011 Joanna MacGregor FRAM One of the world’s most innovative musicians, committed to expressing connections in increasingly diverse programmes, she studied at the Academy. Has performed as a soloist in over 60 countries, and has released over 30 recordings, ranging from Bach, Scarlatti, Ravel and Debussy to jazz and new music. Founder of her own label SoundCircus, now with Warners, and Artistic Director of Bath International Music Festival, she also holds Professorships at Liverpool Hope University and the Royal College of Art.

The Piano Faculty has a worldwide reputation for training aspiring pianists as soloists, chamber musicians and accompanists. The spectrum of international professional expertise represents many pianistic traditions, and students will study both core classical and contemporary repertoire. While some students (especially postgraduates) enter the Academy with a considerable level of performing experience, the primary emphasis is on encouraging students to find their artistic identity as performers, and to develop technique as a means to becoming a rounded, imaginative musician.

A comprehensive range of performance classes, taken by both professors and visiting teachers, is supplemented by numerous concert opportunities to play as soloists and in ensembles. Regular coaching is given in chamber music, and specialist classes are held in unusual and contemporary repertoire. Students are encouraged to explore early keyboard instruments and Baroque practice. Recent masterclasses have been given by Pierre- Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes (pictured above right), Pascal Devoyon, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Hough, Stephen Kovacevich, John O’Conor, Menahem Pressler, Michael Roll, Howard Shelley and many others.

Pianists can undertake a range of electives (e.g working with singers, developing improvisation skills, collaborative and multimedia projects) contributing towards their final degree profiles.

Piano Accompaniment and Répétiteurs Piano Accompaniment may be taken as a Principal Study by postgraduates. (Accompaniment coaching is also provided for all undergraduates.) The curriculum is designed to train pianists in every aspect of the discipline through exposure to a broad range of song and instrumental accompaniment, duo work and chamber music. Core teaching is supported by masterclasses given by visiting professors, and students can receive tuition in Lieder, French song and English song classes.

Selected students work with Royal Academy Opera in all aspects of répétiteur work. See page 11 or for details.

If you are an accompanist or répétiteur, you must bring your own soloist(s) to your audition — please contact the Registry at least three weeks in advance if you experience difficulties in arranging this.

The Teachers Visiting Professors Stephen Hough Kathryn Stott Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Visiting Professor of Music) Yevgeny Sudbin FRAM


Sulamita Aronovsky MA (Moscow State Cons.), FRSA, Hon ARAM

Nicola Eimer DipRAM, MMus (Juilliard School), ARAM

Professor Christopher Elton FRAM (Professor Emeritus of Keyboard from 2011)

William Fong PPRNCM, Hon ARAM Ian Fountain Hon ARAM Rustem Hayroudinoff ARAM Diana Ketler ARAM Professor Hamish Milne FRAM Pascal Nemirovski Hon ARAM Tessa Nicholson Hon ARAM, LRAM Daniel-Ben Pienaar MMus, BMus Tatiana Sarkissova Grad (Moscow State Cons), Hon ARAM Colin Stone Michael Young BA, MMus, ARCM

Broadwood Visiting Chair of Piano Pascal Devoyon

Visiting Professor of Interpretation of Piano and Song Imogen Cooper

Piano Accompaniment and Piano Ensemble Coaching James Baillieu Ian Brown Julius Drake Hon RAM Michael Dussek FRAM (Senior Tutor in Ensemble Piano) Nicola Eimer Dip RAM, MMus, ARAM Iain Ledingham MA, FRAM, FRCO Malcolm Martineau MA, Hon RAM Carole Presland MusB, GRNCM, PPRNCM Andrew West ARAM

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Recent student successes include Benjamin Grosvenor: Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto at BBC Proms opening night, Britten’s Piano Concerto with National Youth Orchestra, three-year contract with Decca Ji Liu: Goldberg Variations at the Royal Festival Hall Reinis Zarins, Veronika Shoot and Florian Mitrea: Stravinsky’s Les Noces at Bath International Music Festival Qian Wu (Sitkovetsky Trio): Wigmore Hall

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Recent students’ recordings include Yevgeny Sudbin: Beethoven Piano Concertos 4 & 5 (BIS), selected as Editor’s Choice by Gramophone Magazine Amandine Savary (Dali Trio): Ravel chamber music (Harmonia Mundi), awarded Diapason d’Or

Recent students’ prizes include Third ,Warsaw International Chopin First, London World Piano Third , Tchaikovsky International Piano Young Concert Artists Trust Second, Dublin International International Leeds prizes Finalist, Queen Elizabeth of the Belgians Accompaniment prizes, Kathleen Ferrier Gerald Moore Awards Osaka International Chamber Music Competition

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Further Academy graduates include Rustem Hayroudinoff (‘a commanding performance’ — Gramophone) Freddy Kempf (‘If it is true that an artist’s finest years come with age, then the mind boggles at the possibilities’ — The Guardian) Simon Lepper (‘whose prowess as a pianist is fused with a real sensitivity to words and the voice, is a rarity indeed’ — The Times) Ashley Wass (‘Wass has a magic touch’ — Gramophone) Llyr Williams (‘One of the truly great musicians of our time’ — The Times)

Department Administrator: Camilla Fisher BMus Telephone 020 7873 7405 Email Open Day: 13th September 2011

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