“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, international concert pianist


IMG_2281The 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 writer for classical music website InterludeHK and has contributed many articles on aspects of piano playing and pianism to ‘Pianist’ magazine’s online content. She has contributed guest articles to a number of other music and piano teaching sites around the world, including HelloStage, 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 Music into Words, a series of events which explore the huge variety of writing about classical music today.

“an icon for the amateur pianist”

“….superb insights into this wonderful world of pianos and music-making”

“The Cross-Eyed Pianist – a must-read for the keyboard-inclined”

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

10 thoughts on “About”

  1. I so very much enjoy reading your posts. So inspiring, your posts, and makes me want to do two things: return to teaching again and relocate to a place as wonderful as London. Of course that will not happen. Currently just teaching my own children (3 girls) and I need to do better with my own teaching. Reading your blog from Papua, Indonesia (the other half of the New Guinea island). Keep up the good work and keep inspiring. Thanks.

  2. Your blog is always interesting and is giving me much pleasure while away from home. I can see and hear you which is a great comfort.

  3. What a great blog! Our Oxfam here in Blandford is indeed a great shop. Thanks for the articulate and entertaining style. Do you mind if I use your “Anatomy of a piece” in lessons?

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Frances Wilson blogs on pianism, classical music and culture