Piano

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.

Head of department: Professor Joanna MacGregor

Piano Solo: Your Experience

Piano Accompaniment

(postgraduate only)

The Piano Accompaniment Course allows students to develop the highest standards of musicianship and pianism through study of ensemble repertoire. A combination of instrumental and vocal collaboration is central to the course and accompanists benefit from the experience and expertise of professors in all departments of the Academy, in addition to their own teachers.

Head of department: Michael Dussek

Chamber Music and Piano Accompaniment: Your Experience

Répétiteurs

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


Piano Technical Department and instrument facilities

The Royal Academy of Music owns all its pianos and currently has an inventory of over 160 – more than most other European conservatoires. Instruments range from Steinway concert grands in the performance venues to smaller grands and uprights for teaching and practice, all of which are maintained to the highest international standards. The Academy’s own team of technicians, led by Clive Ackroyd, carries out the restoration of all pianos in an on-site workshop.


Contact

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

Latest News

Spring 2018 Booking Now Open

12.12.2017

We are delighted to announce our spring season of concerts, masterclasses and events at the Royal Academy of Music

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Auditions 2016

01.12.2016

Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017

Upcoming Events

Piano Recital free

Tuesday, 23.01.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Ignas Maknickas and Bo Lyu perform works by Chopin and Alvidas Remesa in this free lunchtime concert

Musical Tours: Square and Grand Fortepianos — Battle of Inventions free

Tuesday, 23.01.2018 14:30 - 15:30, Museum Piano Gallery

Honorary Research Fellow Dr Elena Vorotko explores the contrasts in sound and construction between British and Viennese early fortepianos

Schwanengesang free

Thursday, 01.02.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Michael Rakotoarivony baritone, Teodora Oprișor piano

Proto-Chopin and the Polonaise free

Friday, 02.02.2018 14:30 - 16:00, Museum Piano Gallery

This lecture-recital explores pianistic and compositional development in Chopin's early polonaises

Piano Masterclass free

Tuesday, 06.02.2018 18:00 - 21:00, Duke’s Hall

Piano masterclass with Imogen Cooper

Tritium Trio free

Thursday, 15.02.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Tritium Trio perform free lunchtime recital

Ancestral Voices: At Home with Chopin free

Tuesday, 27.02.2018 14:30 - 15:30, Museum Piano Gallery

Using the Museum’s Érard and Pleyel pianos, Roy Howat and Dr Elena Vorotko demonstrate how the characteristics of these instruments throw light on Chopin’s treatment of dynamics, articulation and pedal

Piano Accompaniment Masterclasses: Helmut Deutsch in Residence free

Wednesday, 28.02.2018 18:00 - 21:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Piano accompaniment masterclass with Helmut Deutsch

Piano Accompaniment Masterclasses: Helmut Deutsch in Residence free

Thursday, 01.03.2018 10:00 - 13:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Piano accompaniment masterclass with Helmut Deutsch

Piano Accompaniment Masterclasses: Helmut Deutsch in Residence free

Friday, 02.03.2018 10:00 - 13:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Piano accompaniment masterclass with Helmut Deutsch

Piano Masterclass free

Monday, 05.03.2018 18:00 - 20:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Piano masterclass with Stephen Hough

Nobility, Nostalgia and Innovation

Tuesday, 06.03.2018 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A selection from Parry’s Short Pieces for violin and piano and Elgar’s Piano Quintet frame Bridge’s Second Piano Trio

Harold Craxton Prize free

Friday, 09.03.2018 10:00, Theatre

A prize for chamber ensembles with piano

Composers’ Project: Violin and Piano free

Monday, 12.03.2018 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Michael Foyle and Huw Watkins give a recital of six new pieces for violin and piano

Academy Song Exchange free

Wednesday, 14.03.2018 13:05, Theatre

Singers and instrumentalists from the Academy and the Hochschule für Musik

Academy Song Exchange free

Thursday, 15.03.2018 13:05, Theatre

Singers and instrumentalists from the Academy and the Hochschule für Musik

Nash Ensemble Side by Side: The French Connection at Wigmore Hall

Tuesday, 20.03.2018 17:30, Wigmore Hall

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

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

Joanna MacGregor