Piano Accompaniment alumni

Academy accompaniment students have an impressive level of sucess in major competitions, and many are prominent recitalists, successful concert and recording artists, conductors, répétiteurs, vocal coaches, staff accompanists and teachers.

Recent award-winning alumni 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
  • Manon Fischer-Dieskau: 2nd Pianist Prize in International Helmut Deutsch Lied Competition 2018
  • Yi-Shing Cheng: Audience Prize, Kim Trio Commission Prize, 3rd Prize in Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition 2019, as a member of Trio Opal

Piano Accompaniment Alumni Recordings

Somi Kim (Graduated 2016)
 ‘Breath-taking range of colour, tone and inflection’ The Times

Llŷr Williams (Graduated 2000)
‘One of the truly great musicians of our time’
The Times

Simon Lepper (Graduated 1998)
‘Simon Lepper, whose prowess as a pianist is fused with a real sensitivity to words and the voice, is a rarity indeed’
The Times

Christopher Glynn (Graduated 2000)
'Pianist Christopher Glynn had beauties and insights aplenty – a superb accompanist'
The Times

Joseph Middleton (Graduated 2005)
'Joseph Middleton is a born collaborator…one of the brightest stars in the world of song and Lieder, performing with the likes of baritone Sir Thomas Allen and soprano Dame Felicity Lott.'
BBC Music Magazine

James Baillieu (Graduated 2009)
‘James Baillieu is in a class of his own; he is in the Gerald Moore/Graham Johnson bracket, a remarkable pianist’
Daily Telegraph

Sholto Kynoch (Graduated 2004)
Founder and Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival