Piano Accompaniment

' The Academy’s piano accompanists benefit hugely from the vibrant musical culture that emanates from every part of this institution.’ Professor Michael Dussek, Head of Department

The Piano Accompaniment Course (postgraduate only) allows students to develop the highest standards of musicianship and pianism through the 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 that of their own teachers. 

There are numerous performance opportunities within the Academy. These include weekly accompanists’ concerts as well as lunchtime and evening concerts, which are well attended by members of the public. There are also extensive opportunities for external performances. The Academy’s innovative Song Circle, which was founded in 2003, has performed at Wigmore Hall every year since 2007. Its 2019 song recital was the first in Wigmore Hall’s history devoted exclusively to the songs of Carl Loewe, as well as the first to use surtitles. Other recital venues have included the Oxford Lieder and Leeds Lieder festivals.

The Piano Accompaniment Course’s emphasis on combining technical excellence with musical versatility is one of the reasons our students go on to excel in so many branches of the musical profession. Our alumni have curated Wigmore Hall residencies in song and solo performance (including the complete Beethoven piano sonatas). They have performed with many of the world’s leading singers in major international concert venues. They lead chamber ensembles, and have founded and curated several of the UK’s major music festivals. They work as repetiteurs and conductors in major international opera companies, and as teachers and department leaders all over the world. 

Many of our students have won national and international awards. Recent successes include:

  • Michael Pandya: Wigmore Hall International Song Competition PIanist's Prize 2019; Gerald Moore Award 2018; Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s prize, Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2018; Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform winner 2018; Samling Artist Programme 2016-17
  • Keval Shah: 2nd prizewinner in the Copenhagen Lied-Duo Competition 2019, official Accompanist Wigmore Hall International Song Competition; Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform winner 2017; 2018/19 Shinn Fellow at Royal Academy of Music
  • Somi Kim: Royal Over-Seas League Accompanist Prize 2017; AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Accompanist Prize 2016; Gerald Moore Award 2014; Pianist in New Zealand Piano Trio
  • Matthew Fletcher: Pianist's Prize Das Lied 2019; Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s prize, Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2014; Recitals with Danielle de Niese
  • Cameron Richardson-Eames: Winner of Pianists’ Prize in the Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition 2019
  • Benjamin Mead: Winner of the Accompanist’s Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for Young Singers 2019
  • Teodora Oprisor: Winner of the Accompanist’s Prize in the John Warner Singing Competition 2018; duo partner of Michael Rakotoarivony, third prizewinner in Das Lied 2019.  
  • Richard Gowers and Kieran Carrel: Winners of the Leeds Lieder and Schubert Institute Song Prize, 2019.

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 Accompaniment Department.


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See also

Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Fees and Financial Support
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Contact

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

Professor Michael Dussek

Head of Piano Accompaniment: Professor Michael Dussek

Chamber music and accompaniment specialist

Recorded four CDs for Deutsche Grammophon with violinist Ryu Goto

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