Colin studied privately with Norma Fisher from his mid teens up to the end of his time reading Music at Oxford University.
Whilst at Oxford (1979-82) he was introduced to the pianist and composer André Tchaikowsky (1935-82) who became the younger pianist's mentor and inspiration. Following André's tragic and untimely death Colin commenced post-graduate studies with Edith Vogel at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he remained until competition success launched his career in 1986.
Colin's experience as a teacher has been woven seamlessly into his development as a musician. His first students came from his mother (a well known local teacher) whilst only a teenager himself. Later, when he was studying at the Guildhall School, Colin was invited to teach at Harrow School and then the Watford School of Music. After becoming more established as a performer he became Assistant to the Head of Keyboard at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (1993-95) and, since 1999 has been a professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
He is now in demand for concerts and masterclasses in many parts of the world. He has taught at the Chetham's International Summer School for Pianists for several years and has acted as Artistic Director of the Harrow International Summer School for Pianists, supported by Vladimir Ashkenazy and sponsored by Steinway and Sons.
His greatest satisfaction as a teacher comes from seeing his students fulfil their potential and many of his former students from the Academy have now established themselves as successful performers and teachers.