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


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.


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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Auditions 2016


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Upcoming Events

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

Academy at Colston Hall

Wednesday, 21.03.2018 13:05, Colston Hall

Pianist Alexandra Balog performs a recital of Liszt, Berg and Schubert

Buffet Crampon Prize Winner’s Recital free

Friday, 20.04.2018 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A recital given by the winner of the 2017 Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize, Charlie Dale-Harris

Musical Tour: Development of the Piano

Tuesday, 24.04.2018 14:30, Museum Piano Gallery

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Academy at St Martin-in-the-Fields free

Monday, 30.04.2018 13:00, St James's, Piccadilly

Academy students perform at St Martin in the Fields

Advanced Diploma Recital: Adrian Brendle free

Tuesday, 01.05.2018 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy pianist Adrian Brendle gives a recital

Beethoven Piano Lecture-Recital free

Wednesday, 02.05.2018 14:30, Museum Piano Gallery

Postgraduate pianist Amiran Zenaishvili presents a lecture-recital using the Broadwood 1823 grand piano on loan to the Museum

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

Joanna MacGregor