“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
“….her level of music writing is eons beyond most professional critique…”
Mahan Esfahani, international harpsichordist
“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 and music reviews for US-based arts and culture site CultureVulture.net and for a sister blog MusArtLondon. I am a regular columnist for ‘Pianist’ magazine’s online content, and contribute to guest articles to classical music and music education websites around the world, including ‘Clavier Companion’ and ‘Making Music’.
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.
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 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 to offer 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. 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.
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