Category Archives: Interviews

Interview with… Roland Robert (violinist, pianist, composer)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I am a principally a violinist and have performed in various capacities as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. I studied violin and piano as joint first study at the … Continue reading

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Interview with… Jane Ginsborg (singer and researcher)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I began as a singer and sang throughout my teenage years. I then went to the University of York to do a music degree, and subsequently took an advanced … Continue reading

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Interview with… Gordon Ogilvie (pianist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). As a scientist at the University of Cambridge, I am involved in both research in theoretical astrophysics and teaching in mathematics. Music is also a very important part of … Continue reading

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Interview with… Charlotte Tomlinson (pianist)

I have worked as a chamber musician and duo partner for my entire career to date and therefore I have not needed to play from memory in a concert. Music has been given to me anything from months before the … Continue reading

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Interview with… Jenni Parkinson (percussionist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I am a creative music leader, performer and teacher, specialising in marimba and percussion. My work centres on music as a means of communication, self-expression and escapism. I am … Continue reading

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Interview with… GéNIA (pianist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I am a pianist, composer, educator and founder of the Piano-Yoga® method. Do you actively memorise music and perform without a score? If not, why not? If so, why? When … Continue reading

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Pianists on Playing (book review)

Compiled by Linda Noyle, “Pianists on Playing” is a collection of interviews from the 1980’s with twelve international concert pianists. The pianists, who are all giants of the classical piano world, include household names like Vladimir Ashkenazy and Jorge Bolet. Each pianist … Continue reading

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Interview with… Claudio Barile (flutist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I am principal flute and soloist of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic and have held positions in many other orchestras during my career. I am also an active chamber musician … Continue reading

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Interview with… Hayley Hind (music therapist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I am a music therapist working with adults with learning disabilities, a piano teacher, pianist, accompanist and, as of recently, part-time PhD student. I study the piano with Heli … Continue reading

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Interview with… Graham Fitch (pianist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I am a pianist and teacher, also an adjudicator and writer. I teach privately in London, my studio comprising gifted youngsters, tertiary level piano students and adult amateurs. I … Continue reading

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Interview with… Kazu Suwa (guitarist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). My name is Kazu Suwa, I am a Japanese classical guitarist and teacher based in London, UK. I studied classical guitar in both Japan and Spain. I have performed … Continue reading

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Interview with… Paul Roberts (pianist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I am a concert pianist, writer and teacher, and I have made a speciality of the lecture-recital. This means I have had to learn to switch to different parts … Continue reading

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Interview with… Parker Tichko (jazz bassist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I currently manage the Auditory Cognition and Development Lab at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (led by Dr Erin Hannon), a psychology lab that studies how infant, children, … Continue reading

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Interview with… Genevieve Lang (harpist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). Freelance harpist, mostly in the orchestral world, but increasingly less so with the desire to pursue more autonomous means of performing. Do you actively memorise music and perform without … Continue reading

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Interview with… Madelaine Jones (pianist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). My name is Madelaine Jones, and I am a pianist and writer based in London. I am currently studying piano and improvisation at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and … Continue reading

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Interview with… Joy Lisney (cellist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). My name is Joy Lisney, I am 20 years old and studying Music at Clare College, Cambridge. At the same time, I am sustaining an international career as a … Continue reading

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Interview with… Melanie Spanswick (pianist)

Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I have been a concert pianist for many years giving recitals and chamber music concerts everywhere and anywhere. I have taught extensively, examined for the ABRSM and I also … Continue reading

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Interview with… Nicole Rogers (guitarist)

I’m pleased to have another fellow blogger and guitarist Nicole Rogers as my third interviewee and the first non-pianist to be part of the project. Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I am a classical guitar … Continue reading

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Interview with… Frances Wilson (pianist)

I’m delighted to have follow blogger Frances Wilson (aka The Cross-Eyed Pianist) as my second interviewee, whose wonderful blog helped inspire me to start my own. Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, etc). I am a … Continue reading

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Interview with… Heli Ignatious-Fleet (pianist)

I’m very grateful to Heli not only for being my first interviewee for this blog, but also for nurturing my interest in musical memory and being an inspirational piano teacher. Please tell me a little about yourself (profession, musical activities, … Continue reading

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Interview with… Caroline Wright

I thought it would be a good idea to test my interview questions thoroughly before inflicting them on the unsuspecting musical public. So in addition to asking friends for their thoughts, I decided to try answering the questions myself to … Continue reading

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