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 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

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.

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.


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


See also

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

Contact

Sam Batchelor, Department 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

Privatising Chopin: From Salle to Salon free

Friday, 08.06.2018 14:30 - 16:30, Museum Piano Gallery

Research student Otis Beasley presents well-known works by Chopin on instruments of the composer’s time

Royal Academy of Music Patrons’ Award Winners’ Recital

Thursday, 14.06.2018 19:30, Wigmore Hall

Thanks to the support of the Academy’s Patrons, this award provides a showcase opportunity for Academy students

Ancestral Voices: Cantabile Masters free

Tuesday, 19.06.2018 14:30 - 15:30, Museum Piano Gallery

Chopin’s beautiful melodies can be projected above the accompaniment on modern pianos, but how was this achieved on early 19th-century fortepianos?

Piano Masterclass with Pascal Rogé free

Friday, 22.06.2018 10:00 - 13:00, Duke’s Hall

Pascal Rogé, master and ambassador of modern French piano repertoire, gives a piano masterclass

Summer Piano Festival 2018 free

Monday, 25.06.2018 10:00 - Wednesday, 27.06.2018, Various venues around the Academy

A remarkable range of events celebrating Academy pianists’ outstanding creativity

Lecture-Recital: Telling a Story free

Monday, 25.06.2018 11:00 - 12:00, Angela Burgess Recital Hall

From Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas and a Voyage through Haydn Trios, to chamber music and cutting-edge multimedia collaborations, dip in and out of as many free events as you like.

Piano Rolls free

Monday, 25.06.2018 13:00 - 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

From Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas and a Voyage through Haydn Trios, to chamber music and cutting-edge multimedia collaborations, dip in and out of as many free events as you like

Stories, Landscapes and Journeys free

Monday, 25.06.2018 14:00 - 18:00, Angela Burgess Recital Hall

From Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas and a Voyage through Haydn Trios, to chamber music and cutting-edge multimedia collaborations, dip in and out of as many free events as you like.

Dialogues I: The French School free

Monday, 25.06.2018 15:00 - 16:00, Museum Piano Gallery

From Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas and a Voyage through Haydn Trios, to chamber music and cutting-edge multimedia collaborations, dip in and out of as many free events as you like

Lecture-Recital: Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas free

Tuesday, 26.06.2018 10:30 - 11:30, Museum Piano Gallery

From Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas and a Voyage through Haydn Trios, to chamber music and cutting-edge multimedia collaborations, dip in and out of as many free events as you like.

Film with Music free

Tuesday, 26.06.2018 11:30 - 13:00, Angela Burgess Recital Hall

From Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas and a Voyage through Haydn Trios, to chamber music and cutting-edge multimedia collaborations, dip in and out of as many free events as you like.

Bukolika Piano Trio free

Tuesday, 26.06.2018 13:05 - 13:55, Duke’s Hall

The Bukolika Piano Trio perform Schubert Piano Trio in E flat

Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas free

Tuesday, 26.06.2018 14:30 - 18:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A recital of Schubert's late piano sonatas

Dialogues II: The English School free

Tuesday, 26.06.2018 15:00 - 16:00, Museum Piano Gallery

From Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas and a Voyage through Haydn Trios, to chamber music and cutting-edge multimedia collaborations, dip in and out of as many free events as you like

Piano, Multimedia, Film free

Tuesday, 26.06.2018 15:00 - 18:00, Angela Burgess Recital Hall

From Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas and a Voyage through Haydn Trios, to chamber music and cutting-edge multimedia collaborations, dip in and out of as many free events as you like

Dialogues III: The Classical School free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 15:00 - 16:00, Museum Piano Gallery

From Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas and a Voyage through Haydn Trios, to chamber music and cutting-edge multimedia collaborations, dip in and out of as many free events as you like

Finale: Ligeti’s Legacy free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 18:00 - 19:00, Duke’s Hall

The finale of this year's Piano Festival featuring Ligeti's piano concerto

Haydn on Keyboards free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 10:00 - 11:10, Museum Piano Gallery

A recital of Haydn's works for keyboard

Mozart from the Keyboard free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 11:30 - 12:30, Duke’s Hall

A recital of Mozart's works for keyboard

Music for Two Pianos free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 13:00 - 14:00, Duke’s Hall

From Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas and a Voyage through Haydn Trios, to chamber music and cutting-edge multimedia collaborations, dip in and out of as many free events as you like

Voyage through Haydn’s Piano Trios free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 11:30 - 17:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

From Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas and a Voyage through Haydn Trios, to chamber music and cutting-edge multimedia collaborations, dip in and out of as many free events as you like

Piano, Multimedia, Film free

Wednesday, 27.06.2018 14:30 - 17:30, Angela Burgess Recital Hall

From Schubert’s Late Piano Sonatas and a Voyage through Haydn Trios, to chamber music and cutting-edge multimedia collaborations, dip in and out of as many free events as you like

Ravel and Vaughan Williams free

Thursday, 28.06.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Free, no tickets required Tamsin Raitt soprano Hannah Bennett mezzo-soprano Hiroshi Amako tenor Paul Grant baritone Shior...

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