I'm a piano lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and pianist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Passionate about music education, I have over a decade of teaching experience at conservatoire level for students who have gone on to win major prizes at international competitions. I hold two Master of Music degrees with Distinction, in solo performance and in accompaniment, and prepare musicians for careers in both specialisms.
Alongside my teaching, performing has taken me around the world. Outside of Europe, I’ve played in India, Russia, the Far East, and across the USA, at major festivals such as the BBC Proms and for dignitaries including Her Majesty The Queen.
During postgraduate studies I won the top awards in solo and chamber music performance and immediately transitioned from student to staff, taking on piano pupils and accompanying colleagues. My own teachers, Kathryn Stott at the Royal Academy of Music in the UK and André Watts at Indiana University in the USA, have global careers and I count them amongst a host of fine pianists and pedagogues I continue to be inspired by and learn from.
I work closely with the world’s leading conductors as a rehearsal pianist; Sir Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and Thomas Søndergård are just a few from this season. I give regular recitals with principals from professional orchestras and play for eminent singers such as Karen Cargill and Catriona Morison.
I have an eclectic and vast repertoire of concertos, chamber, and solo music, and am comfortable teaching both the standard canon or pieces that are off the beaten track. To that end I have given many world premieres and have worked extensively with prominent composers like Pierre Boulez and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
I relish the opportunity to share my experience and knowledge with musicians from every continent. Whether it’s to improve the standard of solo playing, working on collaborative piano skills for enhanced employability, or for increased motivation and enjoyment in making music, I will truly support you in your goals.
I believe that music is a universal language; if we immerse ourselves in it, we will become fluent, and if we apply the physics of the body to its rules and conventions then there is no limit to what we, as pianists and musicians, can achieve.
Thank you for reading my profile and I look forward to meeting you online!