“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
“The Cross-Eyed Pianist – a must-read for the keyboard-inclined”
Jessica Duchen, author and journalist
The Cross-Eyed Pianist is Frances Wilson, London-based pianist, piano teacher, writer, music reviewer and blogger. A keen concert-goer, Frances writes reviews for this blog and also for international concert and opera listings site Bachtrack.com. She is a regular contributor on aspects of piano playing and pianism to ‘Pianist’ magazine’s online content, and also writes for HelloStage and InterludeHK. She has contributed guest articles to a number of other classical music sites around the world, including Clavier Companion, Music Haven and The Sampler, the blog of SoundandMusic.org, the UK charity for new music. In addition, Frances writes art and exhibition reviews for US-based culture and arts site CultureVulture.net.
“….her level of music writing is eons beyond most professional critique…”
Mahan Esfahani, international harpsichordist
Recent initiatives include the London Piano Network (formerly 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 talented 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.
“an icon for the amateur pianist”
Frances is happy to consider concerts, CD launches, CDs and other music-related material for review. Please contact her in advance using the Contact page and refrain from sending unsolicited material.
“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
Further examples of Frances’s writing can be found here