Piano alumni

Karim Said (Graduated 2013)
‘Said’s deep intelligence and fascination with musical constructs, paired with his enviable technical abilities at the piano, set him apart from his contemporaries. Watch this space.’
International Piano, September 2014

Benjamin Grosvenor (Graduated 2012)
‘The quality of this playing is altogether exceptional. Benjamin Grosvenor takes nothing for granted in music. Nor should we when listening to him’.
BBC Music Magazine

Ji Liu (Graduated 2014)
‘This is an impressive studio debut for Ji Liu…and more than confirms him as a major talent.’
Classical Source

Freddy Kempf (Graduated 1999)
‘...Kempf has the ability to turn his hand to every mood and style necessary.’
Time Out, Hong Kong

Rustem Hayroudinoff (Graduated 1994)
‘As a feat of out-and-out virtuosity it is unremitting, indeed mind-boggling; but to deliver the wild flights of Rachmaninov's imagination with such colour, fidelity, rigour, fire and serious bedazzlement is a phenomenal achievement.’
Classical Music Blog

Yevgeny Sudbin (Graduated 2006)
'Yevgeny Sudbin is already hailed as potentially one of  the greatest pianists of the 21st century'
The Daily Telegraph

Ashley Wass (Graduated 2001)
'A thoroughbred who possesses the enviable gift to turn almost anything he plays into pure gold'


Accompaniment Students

Llyr 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

Anna Tilbrook (Graduated 1997)
‘Anna Tilbrook is an outstanding accompanist: discreet where necessary, but also able to make the simplest phrase or chordal progression tell without a touch of exaggeration’
BBC Music Magazine

John Reid (Graduated 2004)
'…a highly stimulating programme, impeccably played and recorded.'

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

Iain Farrington (Graduated 2001)
‘A spellbinding performance of the utmost virtuosity and musicianship’
Musical Opinion

Richard Saxel (Graduated 1998)
‘Saxel’s playing is outstandingly, unfailingly musical’
International Record Review

Sholto Kynoch (Graduated 2004)
‘The skilful and sensitive accompanist throughout was Sholto Kynoch… Kynoch’s performance was clearly the result of a deep process of study of every contour of these very demanding songs’

Simon Lane (Graduated 2008)
‘An interpretation of terrific distinction and compelling emotional force’
Daily Telegraph

Andrew Matthews-Owen (Graduated 2005)
‘Andrew Matthews-Owen is an immaculate accompanist’
International Record Review