“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, internationally-acclaimed concert pianist
“Well written and obviously stemming from deep knowledge and love of the music”
Linda Kelly, writer and biographer
“There is much benefit to be gained from pianists’ blogs such as yours”
Penelope Roskell, international concert pianist and Professor of Piano & Piano Pedagogy at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music & Drama
“a confident and fluent pianist with an authoritative interpretative standpoint”
James Lisney, international concert pianist
A classically-trained pianist, I hold a Licentiate Diploma (Distinction) in Piano Performance from Trinity College of Music, London, and run a popular private teaching practice in SW London for children and adults. A keen concert-goer, I write music reviews for international concert and opera listings site Bachtrack.com, and exhibition reviews for Bachtrack’s sister site OneStopArts.
I am passionate about music and its importance in our lives. My earliest memories are of hearing classical music being played in my family home, either by my father, who was a fine amateur clarinettist, or on the hi-fi. My parents encouraged me to learn the piano, and took me to many concerts as a child where I was fortunate enough to hear some of the “greats” of the classical music world, including pianists Radu Lupu, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alfred Brendel and John Lill, cellists Paul Tortelier and the late Jacqueline du Pré, conductor Simon Rattle, and clarinettists Jack Brymer and Gervase de Peyer.
The articles on this blog are in no particular order, nor follow a specific theme, other than music and pianism, interspersed with reviews of concerts, exhibitions, books or other cultural activities I have enjoyed. The Meet the Artist interview series was introduced in spring 2012 as a way of gaining interesting and revealing insights into the life of the professional musician. It has put me in touch with a fantastic range of artists, and I am grateful to everyone who has taken part in the project.
I am always happy to consider subjects for the blog and guest posts are invited. Please feel free to leave comments. You may prefer to contact me direct via the ‘Contact’ page.
Currently studying with Penelope Roskell, international concert pianist and Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, one of London’s top conservatoires.
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