Piano | Fortepiano | Harpsichord
Offering a wide array of solo, ensemble and accompaniment training, the Keyboard Department is headed by the internationally acclaimed pianist Ronan O’Hora.
Visiting artists include: Leif Ove Andsnes, Emanuel Ax, Imogen Cooper, Richard Goode, Stephen Kovacevich, Paul Lewis, Murray Perahia and András Schiff.
The one-to-one lessons with our piano faculty are at the heart of the Keyboard Department’s work. You will receive 45 hours in the first two years of study, increasing to 60 in the next two years. In addition to studying with your own professor, you will have the opportunity to work with most of the keyboard staff in a variety of performance classes, as well as with a large number of distinguished visitors.
All practical assessments take place through performances, whether as mid-year and end-of-year recitals, or as concerts of ensemble work with instrumentalists and singers. You will play a concerto with piano in your third year, and have the opportunity to work on chamber music, vocal accompaniment, piano duo, contemporary repertoire and fortepiano with leading performers in these fields.
Read more about the BMus course structure.
MMus/MPerf in Performance
Read more about our Masters in Performance, or choose from the specialisms below.
Advanced Instrumental Studies
This specialism is for pianists intending to focus intensely on performance and who can demonstrate career potential as a soloist or chamber player. You will receive 60 hours of one-to-one Principal Study tuition over the year, as well as the opportunity to play in masterclasses with a range of distinguished visiting pianists. There are many performance opportunities both within and outside the School, including competitions such as the Gold Medal and the Guildhall Wigmore Recital Prize for an annual debut Wigmore Hall recital. There are also opportunities to participate in the School’s international partnerships with other conservatoires and performance centres.
This specialism is for students who want to develop a career in collaborative pianism. It combines individual technical work, class work on specific skills such as continuo playing, orchestral reductions, coaching and languages, and duo and ensemble work in a variety of situations.
Graham Johnson, Senior Professor of Accompaniment, works with all the pianists in masterclasses, and leads The Song Guild, a small group of singers and pianists. In keeping with Guildhall School’s commitment to experimentation and innovation, Iain Burnside has initiated several ground-breaking performance projects combining music and drama, while Gordon Back regularly directs instrumental concerts. Pianists are encouraged to take part in chamber music coaching and performances. All students have weekly piano lessons and a series of classes on various accompaniment skills. Recent masterclasses have been taken by Martin Katz, Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake and Brian Zeger.
There is a wide range of performance opportunities on the programme, particularly at the weekly vocal and instrumental platforms. Pianists who successfully achieve the MPerf may also be offered professional accompaniment work in their first year in the profession.
Find more information on studying Chamber Music with us here.
Find out about our training for Repetiteurs.
Historical Performance Studies
Find out about Historical Performance Studies.
Read more about our Artist Diploma programme
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