“An important voice in the piano world”

– Peter Donohoe, international concert pianist


Frances Wilson is a pianist, piano teacher, concert reviewer, writer and blogger on music and pianism

“A confident and fluent pianist with an authoritative interpretative standpoint”

“An excellent teacher, with an undoubted gift for communicating the techniques and the joys of piano playing”

“a pianist who actually writes and talks openly about being a pianist”




Piano Teaching


img_22812From 2008 to 2014 I studied privately with Penelope Roskell, Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, achieving Distinctions in Licentiate and Associate level performance diplomas. I now study with acclaimed teacher, pianist and writer Graham Fitch. In addition, I have had one-off consultation lessons with Alan Fraser and James Lisney, and have attended masterclasses with internationally-renowned concert pianists Murray McLachlan, Norma Fisher and Carlo Grante, and workshops with Paul Harris, Charlotte Tomlinson and Christine Croshaw. I  attend courses and seminars for advanced pianists and regularly engage in continuing professional development to enhance my teaching skills.

In addition to my regular teaching, I also run workshops for adult students on preparing for performance diplomas, performing with confidence and understanding performance anxiety, and am co-founder of the London Piano Meetup Group. I have acted as a syllabus consultant for the London College of Music and contributed teaching notes to the new ABRSM piano syllabus (published June 2017).


“an important voice in the piano world” – Peter Donohoe, concert pianist


Frances Wilson is the author of The Cross-Eyed Pianist, a blog on music and pianism with regular posts on repertoire, technique and composers, concert reviews, guest articles and the popular weekly interview series ‘Meet the Artist’ in which musicians, composers and conductors discuss aspects such as influences and inspirations, performing, recording, significant teachers and more.Featured artists include pianists Ivo Pogorelich, Tamara Stefanovich, Joanna Macgregor, Peter Donohoe, Nicholas McCarthy, Stephen Hough, Leon McCawley, Janina Fialkowska, and Pascal Rogé, composer/conductor James MacMillan, violinist Rachel Podger, and many more, both well-established and young and emerging artists.

“a must-read for the keyboard-inclined”



Frances reviews concerts for her blog and has also reviewed for international concert and opera listings site Bachtrack.com (read her articles and reviews here) and US-based arts and culture website CultureVulture.net. In addition to reviewing, Frances has been a regular contributor to ‘Pianist’ magazine’s online content, and is a guest writer for Hong Kong based classical music website InterludeHK. She also compiles playlists with accompanying articles for Berlin-based music streaming service IDAGIO. In 2017 she acted as a syllabus consultant for the London College of Music and has written teaching notes for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music graded piano exam syllabus.

“….her level of music writing is eons beyond most professional critique…”

– Mahan Esfahani, harpsichordist.

Around the web

Articles for InterludeHK

On Audiences (HelloStage, August 2015)

Quiet in the Stalls Please! (HelloStage, June 2015)

The Power of the Programme (Music Haven, June 2015)

Classical Musicians and Social Media (HelloStage, April 2015)

A Musician in the Blogosphere (HelloStage, February 2015)

Where has all the (new) music gone? (guest post for The Sampler, blog of Sound and Music, September 2014)

More than hobbyists: the world of amateur pianism (Bachtrack, January 2014)

The Performing Teacher (guest article for ‘Clavier Companion’ blog)

The Perfect Wrong Note (‘Pianist’ magazine e-newsletter, October 2013)

Mysteries of the Sustain Pedal (‘Pianist’ magazine e-newsletter)

Keeping repertoire fresh (‘Pianist’ magazine e-newsletter)


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