Pianist, singer, composer, piano teacher and singing teacher based in London SW6, the Hammersmith end of Fulham.
My music has a unique style that combines classical, jazz and pop influences. As well as playing and singing my own accessible improvisations and compositions, I also perform classical repertoire in an unusually direct and unpretentious manner. My own music is atmospheric and emotionally engaged with an accessible, melodic yet contemporary style. I love virtuoso display almost as much as intensely intimate music and always work to generate a natural, spontaneous and expressively authentic manner. Creating music is, for me, a source of solace and catharsis: being fluent in the language of music, the rhythms, melodies and harmonies that I create when improvising help me to make sense of life.
I teach in a very innovative way. When I first began working as a teacher, I successfully put pupils through the sausage-factory system of grades, learning scales and classical pieces by rote and doing sight-reading and aural tests. But I felt hypocritical teaching this conventional rigid, passive approach: I’ve never worked that way myself as a musician and in my view, it stunts fluent musicianship. So I created a new learning system based on my own grasp of music and now teach piano and singing students using this effective approach. It trains real fluent musicianship skills, enabling people to express themselves musically with authenticity and freedom.