Providing training to the highest standard for pianists, early keyboard instrument players and organists, our challenging programme is designed for performers who are creatively curious. You will learn to adapt your keyboard skills to a variety of performance, studio and educational settings, to embrace informed performance and to innovate. Performance is at the core of the Department’s philosophy, with an abundance of chamber and solo opportunities available, while numerous competitions – internal and external – will encourage your exploration of styles and repertoire.
You will study intensively with internationally renowned specialist teachers through a generous allocation of individual and small group Principal Study and Principal Study Enhancement lessons. Alongside regular tutorial, repertoire and performance seminars, you will also be encouraged to explore historical keyboard instruments. Informed performance plays a significant role within our curriculum; every student is asked to consider a range of approaches to their repertoire.
Contemporary music is a particular specialism; you will be encouraged to explore a wide range of repertoire and improvisational approaches, and develop contemporary techniques through collaboration with composition students and staff.
Chamber music coaching will play an important part in your learning and performance life as a keyboard student at Trinity Laban; a dedicated chamber music concert series forms an important part of our termly performance programme. You will also be able to audition for solo, concerto, orchestral keyboard and pit band opportunities within Trinity Laban and with other London-based ensembles.
You will have frequent opportunities to work with specialist coaches, for example in vocal accompaniment. A recent project, the Schubert Festival, saw vocal and piano students collaborating in a hugely popular week-long series of concerts exploring the breadth of Schubert’s oeuvre.
“It’s really great that the department staff come from a wide variety of backgrounds because then there’s something for everyone: you’ve got baroque, classical, modern, contemporary, chamber music, solo music – so no matter what your specialism is you can find someone to help you develop your skills in that area.”
Alicia Chaffey, Postgraduate Advanced Diploma, Piano
Collaboration and Accompaniment
If you are interested in collaborative performance or accompaniment, you can develop your skills in numerous ways. An accompaniment specialism is available to third and fourth year BMus and postgraduate students, with regular tutorials, coaching and classes from Departmental staff and visiting artists. Tutorials are also available from many of our teachers of strings, wind, brass, voice and musical theatre, with further opportunities to collaborate available through Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Dance. Trinity Laban’s annual CoLab festival also provides opportunities for the innovative and collaborative use of keyboard instruments. Recent CoLab projects have ranged from an organ being utilised in storytelling in conjunction with traditional Korean instruments to ‘Beyond the Keys’, a celebration of cutting-edge works for piano.
Masterclasses by eminent visiting artists are a regular feature of the Department’s activities and will provide you with extraordinary learning opportunities. Recent visitors include Andrzej Jasiński, Martin Kasik, Paul Komen, Carol Leone and Maurizio Moretti, as well as regular masterclasses from our Distinguished Artist in Residence, Pascal Rogé.
“Trinity Laban is a place where all the musicians should go if they can, because in Trinity Laban the environment is very positive. The staff are extremely helpful…everyone is very friendly and supportive and the facilities are brilliant.”
Gen Li, Independent Study Programme Advanced, Piano
We have an extensive collection of keyboard instruments that includes: grand pianos by Steinway, Bosendorfer, Kawai, Petrov and Yamaha; a two-manual organ by William Drake (2003); and a range of period instruments including several single- and double-manual harpsichords, a chamber organ and a fortepiano. Organ tuition takes place in the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, St Alfege Greenwich or at one of the many London churches and cathedrals with which we have close relationships.
Our piano and organ graduates have seen huge success in recent years. Read about some of our piano and keyboard alumni.