Carole Presland

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Chamber Music | Keyboard
Senior Tutor in Keyboard Chamber Music
Carole Presland


Carole Presland has performed throughout Europe, the Far East and the United States. She has appeared frequently at the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank, and at international Festivals including Aldeburgh, Bath, Kronberg, Mecklenburg and Montpellier. She has broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 3 and abroad for Bayerischer Rundfunk, Radio France, Belgian National Radio, RAI Italian Television and WFMT in the United States. She toured Italy extensively as winner of both the Trieste and Provincia di Caltanisetta International Duo Competitions with Clive Greensmith (later cellist of the Tokyo String Quartet). Carole has recorded CDs in various partnerships for labels including Pavane, Meridian and EMI Classics to wide critical acclaim, with performances selected by the Evening Standard’s ‘Critic’s Choice’ and BBC Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library’.

Passionate about the Chamber Music repertoire, Carole has collaborated with many distinguished artists in recital, including Alexander Baillie, Colin Carr, Robert Cohen, Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum, Nobuko Imai, Anthony Marwood, Sylvia Rosenberg, Alexander Rudin, Gerhard Schulz, and the Belcea, Chilingirian, Endellion, Heath and Vanbrugh String Quartets. She performed at the Musikverein, Vienna at the invitation of the Sandor Vegh Ensemble.

Carole is frequently invited to examine and give Master Classes for leading Conservatoires, Festivals and organisations such as the European Piano Teachers Association. She has acted as an adjudicator for a wide range of competitions (both solo and chamber)  including BBC Young Musician, YCAT, Birmingham International Piano Competition, Royal OverSeas League Competition and The Parkhouse Award, amongst others.

A dedicated teacher, Carole was appointed a piano professor at the Royal Northern College of Music in 1996. In 2008 she was invited to join the faculty at the Royal Academy of Music, where she worked for twelve years and was awarded an Honorary ARAM. Previously she had worked at the Yehudi Menuhin School and The Purcell School, and for almost thirty years she was a Tutor and Artist in Residence at ‘Lake District Summer Music’ Festival. In 2013 Carole was appointed Senior Tutor in Keyboard Music at Guildhall School, where she currently coaches and co-ordinates chamber music, alongside her work as a Piano professor.

Carole studied with Renna Kellaway on the Joint Course at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester. Generous postgraduate scholarships enabled her to work in classes with Andras Schiff at the IMS, Prussia Cove and with Gyorgy Sebok in Amsterdam.