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Our Teachers

Marcus Andrews

Marcus Andrews has taught at the Conservatoire since 2004, working with students of all ages and abilities from beginners to Grade 8 and diploma level. He has taught at a number of local schools and is a tutor on the Kent International Piano Courses. Additionally, Marcus runs three of the Conservatoire's in-house concerts each term and accompanies the vocal and instrumental participants.

Marcus studied privately with Yvonne Dinwiddy and then at Trinity College of Music with Simon Young. At Trinity he won the Jaques Samuel Pianos Prize, the John Halford Prize and the Keyboard Silver Medal. He then studied for a Masters at the University of Connecticut with Neal Larrabee where he was graduate assistant accompanist, was awarded the Evelyn Bonar Storrs scholarship and was made a member of the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda. In 2001 Marcus was invited to take part in the annual Beethoven Masterclass in Positano, Italy, given by John O'Conor under the auspices of the Fondazione Culturale Wilhelm Kempff.

In addition to his teaching, Marcus is a freelance pianist and accompanist making solo, concerto and chamber appearances in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Finland, Lebanon and the USA. He has a wide repertoire that ranges from the baroque to 21st century and has a particular interest in late romantic piano repertoire and chamber music. He is a member of the Backman Trio, who have toured Finland and the UK and will be recording for Finnish Radio in April 2012. Marcus works as an accompanist at all the London music colleges, and is pianist for the London Orpheus Choir. See www.marcusandrews.com and www.backman-trio.com.

If Marcus were stranded on a desert island, he would like to have with him:
The Beethoven sonatas
The Liszt Années de Pèlerinage
A good piano!

"I love to teach because my students at the Conservatoire are so varied and interesting. I feel that I learn as much from them as they learn from me."