“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
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. As a keen concert-goer, I write music reviews for this site, a sister blog MusArtLondon and for international concert and opera listings site. I also review London exhibitions for US-based arts and culture site CultureVulture.net and for international concert and opera listings site Bachtrack.com. I am a regular columnist for ‘Pianist’ magazine’s online content, and contribute guest articles to classical music and music education websites around the world, including ‘Clavier Companion’ and ‘Making Music’.
“….her level of music writing is eons beyond most professional critique…”
Mahan Esfahani, international harpsichordist
Recent initiatives include the London Piano Meetup Group, which organises performance platforms, masterclasses and other events for adult amateur pianists in and around London, and co-founding and directing the South London Concert Series, a unique concert concept which gives amateur pianists the opportunity to play in the same formal concert setting as professionals and which seeks to recreate the atmosphere and ethos of the nineteenth-century European cultural salon by combining music with conviviality in some of London’s most intimate and unusual venues.
I am passionate about music and its importance in our lives, and this is reflected in my activities as a pianist, teacher, writer and concert-goer. The articles on this blog are in no particular order, nor follow a specific theme, other than classical music and pianism, interspersed with reviews of concerts, exhibitions, books or other cultural activities I have enjoyed. Any opinions expressed in the articles authored by me are mine and mine alone, and are my personal views. The Meet the Artist interview series was introduced in spring 2012 to offer interesting and revealing insights into the life of the professional musician.
I am always happy to consider subjects for the blog and guest posts are invited. Please feel free to leave comments or 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. I have also participated in masterclasses with international concert pianists Murray McLachlan, Carlo Grante and Norma Fisher, and taken private tuition from Graham Fitch, Alan Fraser and James Lisney. I play a 1913 Bechstein Model A grand piano.
“The Cross-Eyed Pianist – a must-read for the keyboard-inclined”
Jessica Duchen, author and journalist
“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
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