The Piano Faculty has a worldwide reputation for training aspiring pianists as soloists, chamber musicians and accompanists. 

We train pianists to think creatively. We will encourage you to find your artistic identity as a performer, developing your technique to become a well-rounded and imaginative musician.

The Academy offers two areas of Principal Study for pianists:

Piano Solo

(undergraduate and postgraduate)

This area of study focuses on solo repertoire, concerto performance and all aspects of professional training. You will work closely with your piano professor, but you will also have the opportunity to play to Visiting Professors and in public masterclasses. Your training also includes regular chamber music and accompaniment experience.

Piano Solo: Your Experience

Chamber Music and Piano Accompaniment

(postgraduate only)

This area of study offers specialist piano accompaniment lessons with both singers and instrumentalists. Chamber music collaborations are frequent and performed regularly. These ensembles are coached by our piano professors and also by professors from other departments. You can also choose to receive some lessons in solo piano work.

Chamber Music and Piano Accompaniment: Your Experience


If you are interested in the Academy’s Répétiteur course, information can be found under Royal Academy Opera. Some répétiteur experience is also offered to students studying in the Piano Faculty.

See also:
Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Regent Scholarship Scheme

Do you want targeted help to make the leap from being a student to a fully established professional?
Do you have a particular career path in mind and need help preparing to negotiate it?
Do you have a professional niche you want to develop?
Read more about our highly focused, one-of-a-kind Professional Diploma



Sam Batchelor, Piano Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7405 / Email keyboard@ram.ac.uk

Professor Joanna MacGregor

Head of Piano: Professor Joanna MacGregor

World-wide reputation as a concert soloist

Over 30 solo recordings

Experienced Curator/Director, most recently of Dartington International Summer School

Founder of her own label, SoundCircus

Studied at the Royal Academy of Music; Head of Piano here since 2011

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Upcoming Events

Advanced Diploma Recital: Manos Kitsikopoulos free

Tuesday, 02.05.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

This programme constructs a musical journey tracing the transition from early childhood to death and rebirth through a selection of children’s pieces

Piano Accompaniment Masterclass with Bengt Forsberg free

Wednesday, 03.05.2017 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Bengt Forsberg, distinguished Swedish pianist, gives a masterclass

Advanced Diploma Recital: Luke Hsu free

Thursday, 04.05.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Violinist Luke Hsu performs Ravel and Mozart

Two Pianos: Milhaud and Poulenc free

Friday, 05.05.2017 19:00, Duke’s Hall

Pianists Thomas Ang and Joseph Havlat present a programme featuring works for two pianos by French composers Milhaud and Poulenc

Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award and Webb Award for Accompanists free

Sunday, 07.05.2017 15:00, Duke’s Hall

The final round of the highly prestigious Richard Lewis/ Jean Shanks Award for postgraduate vocal students at the Academy.

Advanced Diploma Recital: Henry Tong free

Thursday, 11.05.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

This concert charts a journey from Beethoven’s earliest work for piano and violin

Isaacs and Pirani Piano Trio Prize free

Friday, 12.05.2017 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Students perform piano trios

CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition free

Monday, 15.05.2017 14:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Hosted by the Academy, the prize will be adjudicated by Stephen Johnson

Advanced Diploma Recital: Yehuda Inbar free

Tuesday, 16.05.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Pianist, Yehuda Inbar performs a recital of Schubert and Michael Finnissy

Piano Recital Prizes free

Wednesday, 17.05.2017 10:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A selection of prizes covering piano music of contrasting periods of styles

Academy at St James’s Piccadilly free

Monday, 12.06.2017 13:10, St James's, Piccadilly

Pianist Anna Geniushene performs a recital of solo works from JS Bach to Rachmaninov

Performing Schumann on Nineteenth-Century Pianos free

Thursday, 15.06.2017 18:00, Museum Piano Gallery

This lecture-recital by Dr Olivia Sham explores Schumann’s earlier works

Forging Sound: A Curator’s Tour free

Monday, 19.06.2017 12:30, Museum Piano Gallery

Historic Keyboard Curator Oliver Sandig discusses alloys and metals

Piano Masterclass with Stephen Hough free

Thursday, 22.06.2017 18:30, Duke’s Hall

British pianist and Visiting Professor of Piano Stephen Hough tackles technical difficulties in a masterclass with students

Summer Piano Festival 2017 free

Monday, 26.06.2017 10:00 - Wednesday, 28.06.2017, Various venues around the Academy

A remarkable range of events celebrating Academy pianists’ outstanding creativity

Piano, Multimedia, Film free

Monday, 26.06.2017 15:00, Various venues around the Academy

Belle Chen and Christina McMaster curate and perform alongside Academy pianists working with multimedia and film.

Beethoven: 32 Sonatas, 32 Pianists I free

Monday, 26.06.2017 11:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Sonatas, performed by Academy pianists

Alfred Brendel on Beethoven’s Sonatas free

Monday, 26.06.2017 18:00, Duke’s Hall

Alfred Brendel talks to Professor Joanna MacGregor

Beethoven: 32 Sonatas, 32 Pianists II free

Tuesday, 27.06.2017 10:15, Museum Piano Gallery

Sonatas, performed by Academy pianists

Beethoven: 32 Sonatas, 32 Pianists III free

Tuesday, 27.06.2017 11:15, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Sonatas, performed by Academy pianists

Piano, Multimedia, Film free

Tuesday, 27.06.2017 13:00, Various venues around the Academy

Collaboration with dancers from London Contemporary Dance School and visual artists from Central Saint Martins

Jacob Barnes Prize Winners’ Concert: Quartertonal Piano Project free

Tuesday, 27.06.2017 16:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Two upright pianos are tuned a quartertone apart in the middle of the hall in this performance of brand new music

Mozart from the Keyboard free

Tuesday, 27.06.2017 17:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy pianists direct Mozart’s K.415 and K.595 concertos

Piano, Multimedia, Film free

Wednesday, 28.06.2017 13:00, Various venues around the Academy

Academy Pianists collaborate with visual artists from Central Saint Martins

Final Festival Event free

Wednesday, 28.06.2017 18:00, Duke’s Hall

The final performance of the 2017 Piano Festival features performances from the Bukolika Trio, Joseph Havlat and Thomas Ang

Piano Rolls free

Wednesday, 28.06.2017 13:00, Henry Wood Room

1.00–5.00pm A rolling programme of chamber music: 1.00pm: Piano and Trumpet: New Views  Lucy Humphris trumpe...

Beethoven: 32 Sonatas, 32 Pianists IV free

Wednesday, 28.06.2017 12:10, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Sonatas, performed by Academy pianists

Hummel’s Mozart Transcriptions free

Wednesday, 28.06.2017 11:00, Duke’s Hall

Pocket Sinfonia perform Hummel’s Mozart Transcriptions

Advanced Diploma Recital: Kitbi Lee free

Thursday, 29.06.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Kitbi Lee violin Seungwon Lee piano Fauré Romance, op.28 Ysaÿe Violin Sonata in D minor, op.27 no.3 Schuma...

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