I began playing the piano by ear at a very young age and could play very demanding music by the age of 12, having passed all my grades with distinction. I had great teachers in Ella Pounder then later Denis Matthews. I studied piano with Ryszard Bakst at the Royal Northern College of Music and also had singing lessons with Vera Cross. I won the Elizabeth Hannah Lees Scholarship and the Frederick Dawson piano prize and after graduating with a first, have continued to perform: over the years, I’ve played many classical concertos and piano recitals. For the past decade, I’ve focused exclusively on performing my own solo shows with greater emphasis on my own compositions and improvisations, recordings of which I release regularly.
I began teaching piano and singing in a conventional way, successfully taking students to grade 8 and beyond but always longed to teach my own fluent approach with skills like improvising, playing by ear and true sight-reading. For a few years, I taught A level music and production in an FE college. Whilst studying for my PGCE, I realised I wanted to create a new ground-breaking practical training system for developing fluent musicianship. I now teach piano and singing using this system and have created a unique training course called PlayPianoFluently.
My full CV is available by request.