Karl Lutchmayer is equally renowned as a concert pianist and a lecturer. A Steinway Artist, Karl performs across the globe, and has worked with conductors including Lorin Maazel and Sir Andrew Davis, and performed at all the major London concert halls. He has broadcast on BBC Television and Radio, All India Radio and Classic FM, and is a regular chamber performer.
He is part of the team introducing the London Prom concerts for BBC television and recently curated and performed in a three-day festival of the music of Busoni in London, including a performance of the Piano Concerto for which he received extensive media attention. Karl held an academic lectureship at Trinity Laban for 15 years and is a regular guest lecturer at conservatoires around the world, including the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York.
Karl is currently undertaking a PhD in Cambridge, but he has usually resided in London, where he is sometimes spotted in his alternative incarnation as keyboard, percussion and theremin player in the prog rock band The Connoisseur.
Christine Stevenson enjoys a distinguished career as a piano recitalist and concerto soloist. Winner of the prestigious Dom Polski Chopin competition, her wide experience extends from making the premiere recording of Alkan’s Rondo Brillant with members of the London Mozart Players, to performing at Highclere Castle – more widely known as ‘Downton Abbey‘ – in a recital of music by Chopin and Paderewski. Recent highlights have included recitals in France and in the UK featuring Russian repertoire, including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, recording sessions at London’s Abbey Road Studios, and programmes based on music for four hands at one or two pianos – Twenty Digits.
In 2019 Christine’s solo programmes celebrated music by Beethoven and Liszt; chamber music included the rarely performed piano trio by Clara Schumann and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ‘ On Wenlock Edge’. In 2020 during lockdown she recorded recitals for online transmission and live-stream; with a return to live concerts in 2021 she gave the inaugural recital for the Westminster Chamber Music Society in London as well as recitals in Kent, Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Oxford and Cambridge. She had the honour of giving a live-streamed recital in memory of HRH The Prince Philip in St Edmundsbury Cathedral on the sad day of his passing.
Christine’s blog, Notes from a Pianist, covers a wide range of piano-related topics. Recent series include The Romantic Piano, Nocturnes – A Little Night Music, The French Connection – An A-Z of music by Debussy, and Death in Venice – with posts about Wagner, Stravinsky and Britten. Her recording of Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage - II- Italie received excellent reviews and is available on CD and on iTunes.
An inspiring communicator, Christine is on the staff of the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music in London, as well as having been invited to give masterclasses at Morley College, Jackdaws, Hindhead, the City Lit, for the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association and for the London Piano Circle. She studied with pupils of Cortot, of Nadia Boulanger and of Michelangeli, and with the celebrated English pianist, Ronald Smith, also participating in masterclasses given by Sergei Dorensky, Aldo Ciccolini and Vlado Perlemuter. www.christinestevenson.net
Graham Fitch maintains an international reputation as a pianist, teacher, adjudicator and writer. His workshops and classes, which he gives all over the world, have received high praise for their creative and illuminating approach to the subject. He graduated with honours from the Royal College of Music in London, winning the Hopkinson Gold Medal for piano performance. A Fulbright Scholarship then took him to the United States, where he completed his studies with Ann Schein and Nina Svetlanova, as well as participating in regular classes with Leon Fleisher, winning first prize in the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition.
From 1997 to 2008, Graham Fitch was Associate Professor, Head of Keyboard at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, from where he travelled extensively to perform and teach. An international tour of Bach’s Goldberg Variations elicited rapturous reviews on four continents, and invitations to return to Australia, New Zealand and the USA. He gave recitals, masterclasses and keynote addresses at several consecutive Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conferences in Australia, and has been in residence at London’s Royal Academy of Music.
Graham is a regular writer for Pianist Magazine, and has many video demonstrations on the magazin’e YouTube channel. His popular blog, www.practising the piano.com , led to a series of 4 e-books on piano playing and the founding of a subscription website, the Online Academy, that features his own study editions, writings and videos, as well as content from a team of international pianists and teachers.
Graham teaches privately in London, and counts among his long-term students Daniel Grimwood and James Baillieu, with many others active in the profession. In addition to teaching talented youngsters, tertiary level piano students and working with piano teachers, Graham is very interested in helping amateur pianists develop their playing. Graham is a principal tutor on The Piano Teachers’ Course (UK), and is also a regular tutor at the Summer School for Pianists. He gives weekend courses at Finchcocks and Jackdaws, annual piano courses in France and Switzerland, and also gives regular workshops and classes across the UK.
Her work has ‘reinvigorated chamber music’ (The Times) and her innovations in this area were recognised by the Royal Philharmonic Society when her Sound Bites programme (Nigella Lawson recipe songs) was nominated alongside Glyndebourne Opera for its prestigious Audience Development Award.
Ann Martin-Davis studied at the Royal College of Music with Phyllis Sellick, where she won the College’s premier piano prize, the Chappell Gold Medal. A series of awards led to a South Bank debut and she subsequently won scholarships to study with Arie Vardi in Hanover and Gyorgy Sebok at the Banff School in Canada.
At this time Ann played to the Polish composer Witold Lutosławski and her subsequent disc of his solo piano and chamber works was described as ‘beautiful and exquisite’ by BBC Music Magazine. Her recent disc of Ravel for Guild has also been critically acclaimed; described by Gramophone as having a ‘delicacy and simplicity; it’s tender melancholy is thoroughly convincing’.
Ann is co-director of ‘Piano at Le Maillard’ which hosts retreats at her home in the Charente and online workshops. She has been described as an ‘inspirational’ coach and presenter and recently calculated that over the last five years she has trained over four thousand teachers for professional associations throughout South East Asia, Australia and the UK.
Cornish-born Daniel Hill was educated at Wells Cathedral School and the Royal College of Music, London, where he studied with John Byrne, John Barstow, Yonty Solomon and Andrew Ball. He graduated with First Class Honours, a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction, and the Hopkinson Gold Medal.
Following a two year Junior Fellowship at the RCM, he has since established himself as a versatile musician, at home on the concert platform as a solo recitalist, chamber musician and accompanist. He has performed widely across the UK, Europe, USA, Ireland, Central America, Scandinavia and Australia, performing at venues including Wigmore Hall, the Southbank Centre, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin, and the University of Iowa. He has appeared as soloist in concertos by Tchaikowsky, Rachmaninov and Constant Lambert, and has broadcast on Radio France, Classic FM, BBC television and live on BBC Radio 3.
In addition to his busy performing career, he is in demand as a teacher in venues including the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music in London.