Piano Programme


Our piano programme is for 14-18 year old pianists who wish to develop and improve all aspects of their playing as well gain ensemble playing experience.

About Our Piano Course

Dates: 15 July - 12 August 2018


The Ingenium Academy Piano Programme, Winchester College


We strongly believe in the importance of nurturing the all-round musician and as such, have created a varied programme of workshops and classes to make sure all areas are catered for.


Our piano programme encompasses all the essential rehearsal and performance aspects for young pianists. Each day, students will receive solo and ensemble tuition from esteemed professors who are professional musicians themselves and who specialise in differing areas of piano performance and musicianship.

Teachers will cover topics including:


  • Repertoire
  • Sight reading
  • Keyboard skills
  • Accompaniment
  • Composition and improvisation


Students will play challenging, exciting and varied repertoire of all genres for solo performance as well as duets, six hands and two piano arrangements. They will also interact with our instrumental and vocal students to rehearse and perform chamber music.


Throughout the three weeks, there will be regular solo and ensemble performance opportunities, open masterclasses, specialist guest masterclasses with professors from the London conservatoires as well as faculty recitals. Members of our pastoral staff are also conservatoire piano students and will be on hand to mentor and support students in their private practice and development.


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Every week, our students will also have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of vocal, instrumental and musical workshops led by internationally renowned experts in jazz, chamber, folk and international music. These workshops are designed to broaden each student's musical experience by exposing them to something new and challenging.


Previous courses have included workshops in:


  • Musical awareness, performance skills and interpretation
  • Composition and arranging
  • Jazz improvisation and performance
  • Instrumental improvisation and devising music
  • Chamber and small ensemble playing
  • Beatboxing and a cappella
  • Life in the music industry
  • Conducting and group leadership
  • Gospel choir
  • Healthy instrumental practice techniques and avoiding injury
  • African drumming, body percussion and dance



Concerts and Performance Opportunities

During the three-week summer school, students perform two public concerts - one in a prestigious venue in central London and in our final showcase concert on campus at Winchester College's concert hall. In addition to these two public performances, students also have weekly performance opportunities at our internal Performance Platforms.


These evenings provide a friendly, safe and informal environment for students to experiment and to develop their performance skills, conquer nerves and build confidence.

Parents and friends are welcome to attend our public performances. More information will be provided about these nearer the time.



As part of your application to the Ingenium Academy you need to submit an audition video. Your video should include 2 contrasting pieces, and a technical exercise (scale/study) appropriate to your level.


We are looking for young people not only with a high standard of musicianship, but with a great sense of team spirit and a love of music making.


Read more about piano auditions here, or visit our How To Apply page for more information about putting together your application.


Piano masterclass with Andrew Zolinsky at the Ingenium Academy International Summer School for Music

Piano Staff

Our music teachers and workshop leaders are carefully selected not only for their extremely high standards of musicianship and expertise, but also for their energy and enthusiasm for working with young musicians and their talent for teaching.

All of our teachers have extensive experience and are committed to nurturing the talent of our students. Our piano teaching methods range from full masterclass lessons to group workshops, small chamber groups and one on one tuition, in which students are encouraged to focus on any aspects of their playing that they wish to develop.



Simon Callaghan


A Steinway Artist, Simon Callaghan is in demand internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. He is Director of Music at Conway Hall in London.





Hiro Takenouchi 


Japanese-born Hiro Takenouchi is known as one of the most versatile pianists of his generation, with a wide repertoire ranging from the core works of the piano literature to the lesser-known. He frequently appears on concert platforms throughout the UK, Japan, Europe and North and Central America. 



Cliodna Shanahan, piano tutor for Ingenium Academy Music Summer School


Clíodna Shanahan


Clíodna began playing the piano at 5. A pianist and an organist, she is often found in the pit at the Royal Opera House or with orchestras on stage at the Royal Festival Hall. Her professional career now comprises a busy performing and recording schedule for TV, Radio, Symphony and Chamber concerts.