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Hilary Coates

Professorial Staff - Piano


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
The Music Faculty
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444


Hilary Coates


Hilary Coates made her professional debut at the age of 19 performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in the Royal Festival Hall at London’s Southbank Centre. 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 revisited after an outstanding success there. For several years she taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before joining the staff of Trinity Laban. 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.

For more information, visit Hilary Coates’ website.

Qualifications and 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