When I started playing piano at the age of 12, I soon discovered I have a huge passion for music. After a number of years of piano lessons I went on to obtain a music degree, specialising in music education in my final year. Since graduating from the University of West London in 2006 I have been pursuing and enjoying a career in music, both performing and teaching. Since 2009 I have focused mostly on teaching piano as I find great satisfaction in passing on my love for music to others.
I was brought up in a small village in Gloucestershire where I had many interests as a youngster. I was a very keen cricketer, footballer, rugby player and golfer. From an early age I had a huge passion for music. When I started piano lessons I was lucky enough to have a teacher who made me want to play. He would always let me play what I was interested in but at the same time help me understand the theory behind it. After a few years of playing the piano, I started playing the guitar and singing too.
At the age of eighteen I moved to London and attended Vocaltech singing college, where I obtained a Bachelor of music degree. This was a great experience where I was surrounded by talented musicians and introduced to all different kinds of music. From here I went on to play a variety of gigs, of which some of the highlights were performing at the Victoria and Albert museum in a huge choir and singing the bass part in the orchestra of Damon Albarn’s ‘Monkey: Journey to the West’ opera.
I still perform occasionally but in recent years teaching has taken over as my main source of income because I love the satisfaction of seeing my students improve. I have been teaching part time, amongst other things, for around six years and full time for the last three years. With this experience I have quickly learned how to adapt to different styles and paces of tuition that different students require.
I love to see as much live music as I can. I go to all sorts of gigs, from club nights to classical concerts and of course my favourite, jazz. Although I have a vast knowledge of myriad music genres, jazz is most definitely my first passion when it comes to the piano. I am hugely influenced by some jazz piano masters such as Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson. I’m hoping to be able to play as well as them one day!
Feel free to call me on 07878043301 and I will be happy to answer any questions.