Virtual Piano Mini Course

Following our Virtual Violin and Cello mini courses, LCCE is excited to announce a widely anticipated two-day online mini piano course on the 8th and 9th April. We have the honour to be joined by four highly acclaimed professional pianists and composers to deliver this short intensive course. During the two days, participants will be able to explore with our tutors a variety of techniques and new insights to improve their playing and understanding of the piano music, as well as be exposed to new repertoires, perspectives and ideas which we are sure they will enjoy.

The participants will take part in three 45 minutes workshops each day, hosted by a different tutor covering a separate topic. Towards the end of each day, there will be a 60 minutes masterclass, where we will invite a couple of participants to demonstrate and refine their playing with the tutor, while everybody else observes, asks questions and learns. During the course, there will also be one 45 minutes one-to-one session when each participant will have the opportunity to work with individual tutors.

Topics for our workshops will cover a wide range of aspects from useful playing and practice techniques, styles of different eras, to music interpretation and analysis.

We welcome anyone with a playing standard equal to or above ABRSM Grade 6 to apply. If you are interested in demonstration in the masterclass, please also indicate this in the registration form (and send us a video of playing separately if possible). The maximum number of participants is 16. As the space is very limited, please apply early to avoid disappointment. The fee for this course is £80.

Details of daily schedules will be confirmed individually once registration finishes.


Louis Alvanis

Louis Alvanis is a prolific pianist on the international stage with an extensive repertoire, and has been regularly performing recitals or collaborating with chamber and symphony orchestras  in the most prestigious venues across the world, including the Royal Festive Hall, Barbican Hall and the Wigmore Hall in the UK. Louis also encompasses frequent performances by contemporary composers which he commissions or premieres. His recordings appear on the Meridian and Brilliant Classics labels, and comprise piano music by Brahms , Schumann and Chopin as well as “Piano Colours”, a CD featuring piano music by contemporary British composer Jonathan FeBland. Louis graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in both piano and composition.

Anton Lyakhovsky

Anton has performed extensively across Europe and America, being the soloist with a number of prestigious orchestras including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, and Latvian National Opera Orchestra,  playing concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff. Anton was trained at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in Russia, and at Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after moving to the UK. He won many prizes in international piano competitions in his early career, and has since often been invited to sit on juries of competitions as well as to give lectures and lead EPTA masterclasses.

Fred Scott

Fred Scott has been active in the music industry since the 1980’s as a pianist, composer, writer, arranger, mentor and teacher. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music and went on to play around the world as a classical pianist and has also worked as a session musician across all genres. Recently, Fred has been running a highly successful teaching and mentoring practice, having coached many young artists from beginner to diploma level, with them winning important prizes and awards nationally and been awarded scholarships to prestigious schools, conservatories and universities. In 2018 Fred took on the role of Artistic Associate for Music Education at the Fairfield Halls in South London where he leads the Phoenix Piano Academy. Fred is currently researching his PhD on Ferruccio Busoni at City University and is contributing author to a forthcoming Routledge publication “Musics With and After Tonality – Mining the Gap”.

Melanie Spanswick

Melanie is a member of the piano faculty at Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, an Honorary Master Teacher at the Tom Lee Academy in Hong Kong, and a piano teacher in Eton College, among other appointments. She has performed and broadcast worldwide, and given recitals as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist at major music festivals and concert halls in over ten countries. She regularly examines for the ABRSM, and adjudicates for the British and International Federation of Festivals, as well as hosting piano courses, master classes and workshops throughout the UK and abroad. Melanie also authors a number of critically acclaimed books on piano performance and pedagogy, and publishes under Schott Music, Faber Music and Alfred UK as a composer. Melanie graduated from the Royal College of Music.

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