Lunchtime Recital - Graham Fitch (piano)

Lunchtime Recital - Graham Fitch (piano)

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 13:00

Graham Fitch, now based in London, maintains an international career not only as a pianist, but also as a teacher, adjudicator and writer. He has been appointed to the piano staff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and runs private teaching studios in South West London, and the West End of London. Even though he is associated with training specialist pianists at the secondary and tertiary levels, he is interested in teaching people of all ages and abilities - the only requirement is a level of interest and motivation. Currently, his youngest student is 9 and the oldest 78! Graham gives regular consultation lessons to piano teachers, and enjoys working with adult amateurs who are passionate about music and the piano.

Graham Fitch's workshops and classes which he gives all over the world, have received high praise for their creative and illuminating approach to the subject. First Prizewinner in the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition, he graduated with honours from the Royal College of Music in London where he won the prestigious Hopkinson Gold Medal for piano playing. A Fulbright Scholarship then took him to the United States, where he completed his studies with Ann Schein and Nina Svetlanova (becoming her teaching assistant at the Mannes College of Music), as well as participating in regular classes with Leon Fleisher.

During much of the 1990s, Graham Fitch's career straddled the Atlantic with solo and chamber performances in England (where he taught piano at the Purcell School, St. Paul's Girls' School, the Centre for Young Musicians) and in Europe and North America. The New York Times spoke of his playing as "unalloyed pleasure". In the UK he was recitalist at the Bournemouth Festival, and appeared in repeated engagements with the London Chamber Soloists on London's South Bank. US activities included concerts with his trio, the Trio dell'Arte, various solo appearances (including a performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations in Merkin Hall during the 250th anniversary of the composer's death) and a performance of Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Jonathan Haas.

From 1997 to 2008, Graham Fitch was Associate Professor, Head of Keyboard and Head of Section of Practical Studies 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. More recently he has given a recital, a masterclass and a keynote address at the 7th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, been in residence at London's Royal Academy of Music, coached chamber music at the Franschhoek Chamber Music Workshop, and participated in the Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium.

6th Order in B flat from Livres de clavecin, Book 2
François Couperin (1668-1733)
Papillons, for Piano
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Sonata for Piano No 1 in F sharp minor
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)


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