Piano Accompaniment: your experience

Piano Accompaniment is a full-time postgraduate course designed to train pianists to the highest level of concert performance.

Academy students are exposed to a broad range of song and instrumental accompaniment, duo work and chamber music to maximise versitility and employability.

To find out more about specific areas of study, visit our Course Activities page. 

Head of Piano Accompaniment 

Professor Michael Dussek performs with leading instrumentalists and singers in many of the world’s major concert venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. His extensive discography includes recordings of York Bowen’s first three Piano Concertos with Vernon Handley and the BBC Concert Orchestra. He has taught Piano Accompaniment and Chamber Music at the Academy since 1988 and many of his former students are now at the forefront of the music profession.


Our professors include some of the most illustrious performers and teachers in the field of ensemble piano. Requests can be made to study with specific teachers and every effort is made to meet these requests.


Academy accompaniment students have an impressive level of success 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 (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)

Find out more about our Alumni and listen to some recordings in this section: our piano alumni.

Find out about audition requirements, and how to apply