“an important voice in the piano world”
Peter Donohoe, international concert pianist
“Thank you for the enthusiasm you bring to music”
Leon Bosch, double bassist
“…..very grateful for all that YOU do for the industry; you are so supportive of both established professionals as well as younger artists starting out”
Alisdair Hogarth, concert pianist
“providing a perspective on music from the eyes and ears of a real musician”
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 writer for classical music website InterludeHK and music streaming service IDAGIO, and has contributed many articles on aspects of piano playing and pianism to ‘Pianist’ magazine’s online content. She has also written guest articles for a number of other classical 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, and the London College of Music. She is currently writing a series of articles on Schubert’s penultimate piano sonata for The Schubertian, the journal of The Schubert Institute UK.
Frances is also co-author of ArtMuseLondon, a reviews site focusing on art and music in London, and is co-founder of Music into Words, a series of events and online discussions which explore the huge variety of writing about classical music today, described by Tom Service (BBC Radio 3 and The Guardian) as “hugely important……a brilliant agenda, raising really vital issues“.
“….her level of music writing is eons beyond most professional critique…”
Mahan Esfahani, international harpsichordist
Frances is also co-founder of the London Piano Meetup Group, a friendly supportive group for adult amateur pianists which organises informal performance platforms, workshops with visiting tutors and social events in and around London. In addition, she manages the publicity and website of 7 Star Arts, a small arts collective specialising in mixed-genre productions combining music, words and art, and the promotion of talented young jazz musicians.
“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
“a unique and valuable contribution”
Further examples of Frances’s writing can be found here