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Hilary Coates

Hilary Coates

Professorial Staff - Piano

Contact details

Address: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The Music Faculty, King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JF

Phone 1: +44 (0)20 8305 4444

Hilary Coates made her professional debut at the age of nineteen performing the Grieg Concerto in the Royal Festival Hall in London's South Bank.

She made extensive concert appearences as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber music player in Britain as well as frequent performances on radio and television. Overseas concert tours included France, Italy, South America and Germany, the latter revisted after an outstanding success there.

For several years she taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before joining the staff of Trinity College of Music. Her teaching is equally divided between her work there and her long-standing work with some of the most talented younger specialist pianists at Wells Cathedral School, where her students have had outstanding successes in the Audi and BBC Young Musician Competitions.

Qualifications / Educational Background

Hilary gained a scholarship, aged 16, to the Royal Academy of Music, from which she graduated with the Recital Diploma - the RAM's top examinable award. She then continued her studies with Ilona Kabos and Maria Curcio.

Teaching Experience

Hilary has given masterclasses in recent years at conservatoires in Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Australia, as well as in various venues in the UK for the Yamaha Music Foundation.


  • Prizewinner, Alfredo Casella International Piano Competition in Naples
  • Prizewinner, BBC Competition in Manchester
  • "Young Musician of the Year" Award, Greater London Arts Association

Address & Telephone

Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
London SE10 9JF
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444

Faculty of Dance
Laban Building
London SE8 3DZ
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 9400

Blackheath Halls
Blackheath Halls
23 Lee Road
London SE3 9RQ
Tel: +44 (0)20 8318 9758

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