I have studied many pieces from the advanced solo piano repertoire, for example the late piano sonatas of Beethoven, Chopin’s 2nd Sonata and the Ballades, Scherzi and Etudes, Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, the Sonata in B minor by Liszt, Rachmaninov’s Preludes, Prokofiev’s 3rd Sonata, Gaspard de la nuit (Le Gibet and Scarbo) and Alborada del Gracioso by Ravel as well as the concertos of Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninov (2nd), Brahms (1st), Mozart (K488), Beethoven (1st and 3rd) and Gershwin’s Concerto in F.
I have eclectic tastes in the music that I play and am versatile in the repertoire that I teach. Although I am classically-trained, with great admiration for the playing of Horowitz, Rubinstein, Argerich, Lipatti and John Lill, I also like Jazz, in particular the playing of Bill Evans. I am a Gershwin enthusiast, having performed the Rhapsody in Blue, the Concerto in F and the 3 Preludes. I also admire the playing of Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau and Jason Rebello.
I have a very varied performing experience. I have performed as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and accompanist at venues in London, Denmark, France and the South-West of England (including concerts at Wells Cathedral, Strode Theatre, the Bristol Music Club, the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil and Brympton d’Evercy). In recent years, I have participated in concerts with the Dorset Chamber Orchestra and the Mid-Somerset Orchestra as an orchestral pianist and gave a solo performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in Shepton Mallet in 2006. In 2009, I gave a solo piano recital at the Music for Africa festival at Montacute House, featuring music by Liszt, Schumann, Bartok and Albeniz. That same year, I was engaged by the BBC to advise on the filming of musical scenes for a television dramatization of “The Turn of the Screw” which was filmed in the West Country and broadcast on BBC1 television in December 2009.
In July 2016, I will be performing a series of piano duets at St Mary Magdalene Church in Taunton.