Studying piano and keyboard instruments at Trinity Laban, you will acquire not just technical mastery over the music you play, but also the ability to continually interpret it afresh. We will help you break out of old patterns and equip you with tools with which to realise your artistic ambitions, as you learn to decipher the originality and daring at the heart of the great masterpieces and the music of today.
We will challenge you to strip away the mythologies that surround the art of music making, and to think about music in new and creative ways.
Our programmes bring together the rigour of professional technical training with an emphasis on creative exploration. Under the guidance of our internationally renowned teachers, you will develop your technique, your confidence and discover your unique voice as a performing artist.
Alongside a generous allocation of individual Principal Study, Principle Study Enhancement and group classes, you will receive regular tutorial, repertoire and performance seminars and be encouraged to explore other keyboard instruments. In addition to the canon, we also ensure you are exposed to the many radical currents taking place in contemporary music, through collaboration with composition students, staff and visiting artists.
View a list of all keyboard teaching staff.
Performance is at the core of the Department’s philosophy, with an abundance of solo and chamber opportunities available, affording you the chance to explore varied styles and repertoire. You will have regular opportunities to perform in our weekly recital series in the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, St Alfege Church and at Blackheath Halls. Our pianists often gain places in prestigious external competitions and concert series, and receive key opportunities to play in professional venues across London, including St James’s Church Piccadilly, Steinway Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall.
The Department promotes several concert series each year, in which all our students are encouraged to take part. Examples of recent concert series include:
- Schumann Series: a set of ten concerts exploring Schumann’s solo, chamber works and Lieder
- Conversation Series: an examination of how composers respond to other composers across time
- Music & Art: a series of concerts exploring the relationship between music, colour, paintings and visual artists
A plethora of chamber music opportunities are built into the curriculum. These range from playing in duos to working with trios, quartets and quintets; from work with singers to any other combination of instruments you can think of!
Our new annual undergraduate keyboard festival will provide a platform to perform in front of your contemporaries. It will be recorded, and you will receive immediate feedback, to help inform your progression and develop your confidence as a performer.
Facilities and Instruments
During your time at Trinity Laban you will have a chance to perform on some of the finest keyboard instruments. We take great pride in our piano estate, which consists of a hugely diverse range of models, in keeping with the demands of a pianist’s career in today’s world. We have a range of period instruments including several single- and double-manual harpsichords, fortepianos, a chamber organ and a recently purchased Karen Richter clavichord.
Organ students will learn and perform on a number of different instruments, both within the college and at numerous London churches and cathedrals with which we have close relationships.
Collaboration lies at the heart of everything we do. From the traditional to the cutting edge, you will be encouraged to pursue innovative and exciting projects that push back the boundaries of what is possible with keyboard instruments. Tutorials are also available from many teachers across our instrumental departments, plus opportunities to collaborate with the Faculty of Dance through Trinity Laban’s annual CoLab festival and individual student projects.
As a pianist, accompanying other musicians is a privilege that enriches your experience of solo playing. A collaborative piano specialism is available to third and fourth year undergraduates and to postgraduate students, with regular tutorials, coaching and classes.
A brand new tutorial class in Specialist Keyboard Skills aims to open up new landscapes by teaching improvisation in all its diverse forms, from continuo playing to dance accompaniment.
In our extensive series of masterclasses we invite renowned visiting artists to bring the richness of their wide experience to your door. Recent visitors include Andrei Gavrilov, Malcolm Martineau and Boris Petrushansky, as well as more frequent opportunities to play before our Artists in Residence Rolf Hind and Pascal Rogé.
Alongside our many established alumni, in the last few years many more graduates have also gone on to forge exciting careers:
Maria Nemtsova founded the charitable project “Music for Peace”, giving concerts and master-classes for young musicians today who live in conflict zones throughout the world.
Mikhail Shilyaev is an internationally acclaimed concert pianist.
Maria Marchant is active as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician; she is a member of the Stradivarius Trio and pianist-in-residence at the Shipley Arts Festival.
To view the impressive organisations that our alumni have worked with, visit Alumni Destinations.
For more information on the successes of Trinity Laban Keyboard graduates and what they have to say about the course, visit Alumni Profiles.
Keyboard at Trinity Laban
Performance is at the core of the Department’s philosophy, with an abundance of chamber and solo opportunities available, and numerous competitions.
- 1 - Peacock Room, Faculty of Music
- 2 - The Gold Medal Competition, held at Kings Place, London
- 3 - Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival
- 4 - Pascal Rogé, Distinguished Artist in Residence
- 5 - Trinity Laban Piano Showcase