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

Restoration or Preservation? — A Curator’s Tour free

Monday, 23.01.2017 12:30, Museum Piano Gallery

A specialist guided tour of the Academy Museum’s historic keyboard collection

Chamber Music Masterclass free

Monday, 23.01.2017 14:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Acclaimed ensemble Trio Owon give a masterclass

Piano Masterclass with Orit Wolf free

Monday, 23.01.2017 18:00, Duke’s Hall

International solo, chamber and concerto musician, Orit Wolf, gives a piano masterclass

Academy Tots

Thursday, 26.01.2017 10:00, Museum Piano Gallery

Open Academy Fellows and the Museum team lead an exploration of instruments and making music as a group

Piano Recital free

Thursday, 26.01.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Piano recital with Adrian Brendle and Anna Geniushene

Clavichord Lecture-Recital free

Thursday, 26.01.2017 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Steven Devine explores the unique expressive capabilities of the clavichord

Academy at China Exchange free

Wednesday, 01.02.2017 18:00, China Exchange

Academy pianist Alim Beisembayev performs solo works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms

English Heritage from the Twentieth Century free

Thursday, 02.02.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Hodgson Fellow Małgorzata Garstka presents a concert of twentieth-century English works

Academy at Colston Hall

Tuesday, 07.02.2017 13:05, Colston Hall

A concert of music for bassoon and piano at Colston Hall

Composers’ Project: Pianistic Innovations free

Friday, 10.02.2017 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Acclaimed new music pianist Dr Zubin Kanga performs a recital of new works by Master's students

Nash Ensemble Side-by-Side

Saturday, 11.02.2017 17:30, Wigmore Hall

Academy students play side-by-side with members of the Nash Ensemble

Academy at Colston Hall

Tuesday, 14.02.2017 13:05, Colston Hall

Djumash Durasiliev and Ariel Lanyi perform Debussy’s Sonata in G minor for violin and piano

Russian Wind Music free

Thursday, 02.03.2017 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A concert of Prokofiev and Sofia Gubaidulina

Academy at Colston Hall

Tuesday, 07.03.2017 13:05, Colston Hall

The Halcyon Quartet perform Haydn at Colston Hall

Academy at Colston Hall

Tuesday, 14.03.2017 13:05, Colston Hall

Pianist Ariel Lanyi performs music from Liszt at Colston Hall

Academy at Colston Hall

Tuesday, 21.03.2017 13:05, Colston Hall

Students perform Reinecke and Franck at Colston Hall

Academy at Colston Hall

Tuesday, 28.03.2017 13:05, Colston Hall

Pianist Oscar Caravaca performs music from Beethoven and Schubert at Colston Hall

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@RoyalAcadMusic • Jan 09
TONIGHT – Head of #Piano Joanna MacGregor @SoundCircusJM discusses her remarkable career. 6.00pm #free bit.ly/2i60erh
@RoyalAcadMusic • Jan 09
TONIGHT – Head of #Piano Joanna MacGregor @SoundCircusJM discusses her remarkable career. 7.30pm #free bit.ly/2i60erh
@RoyalAcadMusic • Dec 19
Announced today: our Head of #Piano @SoundCircusJM will continue as @DartingtonArts Artistic Director to 2019.

‘My aim is to encourage young pianists to think creatively, be daring, and create opportunities for themselves’

Joanna MacGregor