pianist, singer, piano teacher, singing teacher, composer & producer

I work in my small but well-equipped music studio in London SW6 – Fulham, near Hammersmith.

As an artist, I am a virtuoso performer, fluent improviser and composer across classical and jazz styles. As a teacher, my approach is innovative, inspiring and sensitive to the student’s own style whilst my rates are very competitive.

As well as piano and singing lessons, I also give lessons in practical musicianship theory, composition & music production.

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Phil Best

Performing & Recording Artist

I have 2 artistic projects:

Inside the Keys – solo piano project in classical, post- minimal and colouristic jazz styles, featuring my own dramatic, atmospheric and richly coloured pieces and improvisations, alongside repertoire by the classical composers – Chopin, Debussy, Mozart, Bach, Rachmaninov Beethoven etc. – played in a fresh & accessible way, using exciting new technology to showcase historic, contemporary and futuristic pianos;

Soul Matrix – nu-jazz / nu-soul project featuring sweet, soulful vocals, intricate piano, warm, dusky electric pianos and all manner of sounds generated on keyboards and the Roli SeaBoard in music that can be smooth, funky, chilled or quirky, full of rich melodies and juicy harmonies.

I aim to generate powerful, beautiful music which can be either simple or complex musically, and at times highly virtuoso, but always accessible and emotionally connected. Whether dazzling and intense or intimate and sensitive, fluent improvisation is the most important element that runs through all my music. I love to use my fluent skills to bring a spontaneous, natural, poetic, storytelling, organic, unfolding quality to all the music I create.

I have released 4 solo piano albums – Inside stories – an album of improvisations, an album of Mozart piano music, an album of piano music by Liszt and Ravel and another improvised album called Freshly Squeezed. I will soon be releasing an album of Rachmaninov piano music . I also have Soul Matrix albums in the pipeline and live appearances planned in the near future.

Piano Teacher & Lessons in Music Theory, Composition & Practical Musicianship

I teach piano using my own clear and simple model of how music works rhythmically and tonally on the keyboard. This fascinating approach to piano tuition promotes genuine musical fluency and a natural, strong and flexible technique in the fingers and arms supported by the whole body and mind. Find out more about the MusicallyFluent training system…

I trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and have over 25 years’ experience teaching piano. My highly innovative but gimmick-free approach provides a solid foundation for piano students to explore all genres and styles of music – classical, jazz and rock and pop etc.

In piano lessons, we work on real musical skills such as improvisation, playing by ear and fluent sight-reading. Once a solid founation in fluent musicianship is established, we can then work on repertoire of the student’s own choice and if desired, study for ABRSM piano and jazz piano examinations. 

Singing Teacher, Voice Coach, Accompanist & Performance Coach

I have been providing singing lessons and vocal coaching for over 2 decades and have developed a powerful and innovative model for training vocal musicianship. My approach to singing teaching is first to train the student to release their natural voice, by opening the space in the vocal tract in a way that suits your particular voice type and to support the freely resonating tone with energised breath from the body. This provides a healthy voice with a natural expressive quality, strength, stamina, flexibility and an excellent vocal range in terms of pitch and dynamics. In this natural, released state, the voice can easily reach high notes without strain and is capable of a full range of dynamics from the strongest belt to gentle soft tones. We also work on vocal musicianship to gain excellent rhythm skills and tonal awareness, developing sought-after skills such as sight-singing and improvisation of melodies and harmonies. I am equally happy training voices for classical, jazz and pop/rock styles of music. We can study for ABSRM examinations, if desired.

As well as giving voice lessons, I also work as an accompanist-coach or repetiteur and have many years’ experience working with singers and instrumentalists of all types to develop their performance, presentation and communication skills and stage confidence. I am particularly interested in drawing out a musician’s authenticity, sensitivity and unique, natural musical personality. To do this I focus on rhythm and phrasing as the source of musical syntax so that tonal and dynamic elements make perfect sense and the music connects fully with the listener.

Composer, Arranger, Songwriter, Session Musician & Producer

As a fluent improviser, I compose and arrange music very quickly. My music covers a broad spectrum of genres: classical, jazz, soul, electronic pop, rock/pop and experimental. I can write to any brief and have an extensive back catalogue (or music library) which is constantly expanding. I can provide finished pieces or excerpts and loops as well as professionally-engraved scores and parts.

I’m an experienced session musician on piano, keyboards and vocals, with extremely fluent sight-reading and improvisation skills: As well as being able to create music across many different styles, I also offer a full range of production skills including vocal harmonies and programming of electronic and sampled instruments – drums, strings and many others. 

You can visit my composition site – JigsawMusic.

Music is like nature: the elements are familiar yet the scene is always different. Full of poetry, drama and epic stories, music fills us with awe and wonder.

When I improvise, it’s like walking in nature: I don’t devise the beauty, I discover it!

  Wonderful composition & performance, subtle, very beautiful work!

  Phil’s teaching is extraordinary – he expands my mind, body and soul

  Excellent improvisation. Very well balanced and so clear. Sublime.

  A unique style… intriguing interpretation! very special…

Here are some samples of my music: you will find lots more on my SoundCloud page or my YouTube channel