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Matt Robinson


‘Coming to the open day really helped me to get a feel for the Academy. There are so many opportunities to work with great musicians, it’s a constant source of inspiration. In my first few weeks alone I had a one-on-one masterclass with John Taylor and workshops with Will Vinson, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard and Mark Turner. It’s amazing to be working on such a personal level with musicians you admire so much.


I’ve worked with three piano teachers this year, so there’s a lot thrown at you. That’s one of the best things for me — there’s always something new to work on or listen to.


Working with the other students is fantastic too. It’s immensely rewarding getting to know and play music with them as well as enjoying the vast amount of music that goes on outside the jazz department.


On top of that I’ve benefited from many performance opportunities, from playing at the London Jazz Festival with the Academy Big Band to playing at the Hammersmith Apollo in front of thousands.’


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