About

Frances Wilson is a London-based pianist, piano teacher, concert reviewer, writer and blogger on music and pianism as The Cross-Eyed Pianist

“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”

“an important voice in the piano world”

 

 

 

Piano Teaching

Full professional member of the Musicians Union and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), and an ISM registered private piano teacher. Fully CRB checked (DBS Enhanced Certificate issued July 2015).  References available on request.

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From 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 performing with confidence and understanding performance anxiety, and am co-founder and an active member of the London Piano Meetup Group.

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Writing

Frances Wilson is the author of The Cross-Eyed Pianist, a blog on music and pianism with 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.

“The Cross-Eyed Pianist – a must-read for the keyboard-inclined”

– Jessica Duchen, writer and journalist

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.

“Frances Wilson…………a highly informative presence on the Internet, with her constructive and enthusiastic reviews of countless pianists under the name of ‘The Cross-Eyed Pianist’”

– Peter Donohoe, international concert pianist

Frances reviews concerts for her blog and also for international concert and opera listings site Bachtrack.com (read her articles and reviews here). She has also reviewed for US-based arts and culture website CultureVulture.net. In addition to reviewing, Frances is a regular contributor to ‘Pianist’ magazine’s online content, and is a guest blogger for Hong Kong based classical music website InterludeHK.

“….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)

Contact

16 White Heron Mews

Teddington TW11 0JQ

Email: info@franceswilson.co.uk

Tel. 07876 286147