The Piano Faculty attracts talented students from all over the world, making it one of the Academy’s most diverse and exciting departments.


Due to COVID-19, if your application requires an audition, the first round will now be by video. For further details please see the video audition section.

Some audition requirements may change: please check back here regularly. You are welcome to contact the Admissions Team Team [or] or the department administrator [or] if you have any queries.

This year, all studies are initially assessed by video recording.

29 October, 4pm UK time: deadline to upload audition recordings (including the spoken item) into the Acceptd portal, details are on our video auditions page.

You should offer a free-choice programme of solo piano music (not concerto repertoire) with a minimum of two works, and your programme should be 40 minutes long, in one take.

Once candidates’ audition videos have been reviewed by the Head of Piano and the piano panel, some candidates will be invited for short recall interviews. These will be either live or online, and if you are able to travel to the Academy you will have the opportunity to perform live. Please bring the same repertoire from your recording in Accepted.

Your audition video can include movements rather than complete works (ie a movement of a sonata), and should show a wide diversity of character and style, as well as evidence of technical accomplishment. We suggest including music in a classical or Baroque style; a romantic work; and something 20th century or contemporary.

Please note: Your programme should be played from memory, though complex contemporary music may be played from the score.

You will need to create a profile in the Acceptd portal into which you upload your audition video of around 40 minutes, the list of all the works in your programme and your Spoken English item. To upload your files into the Acceptd portal, you can find guidance on our video auditions page.

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