Test 1


Marc-Andre Hamelin plays Reger

- Variations Op. 81
- Humoresques Op. 20

Piano Tuition

Hello and welcome to my web site. My name is Richard Ormesher and I am a piano fan based in Milton Keynes in the UK. This page gives a bit of background information about me and also contains some reference material which I hope you will find useful.

I first studied piano in Coventry with a lady by the name of Phyllis Thomas and she led me through the early grades. After that I studied at the Coventry School of Music where my piano teacher was Julian Hellaby. He took me through grade 8 and helped me to prepare suitable pieces for university entrance interviews.

On leaving Coventry School of Music I went to The University of Sheffield where the music department at that time was led by Professor Edward Garden. In Sheffield I obtained a B. Mus. Hons. degree and won a scholarship to stay on as a postgraduate student to read for a PhD. My thesis is entitled ‘Beethoven’s Instrumental Fugal Style: an Investigation of Tonal and Thematic Characteristics in the Late Period Fugues’.

During my years in Sheffield I studied piano with the London-based pianist and tutor, Danielle Salamon. As a postgraduate I also taught piano both on a private basis to children and adults as well as in the music department to undergraduate students.

My interest in the piano repertoire ranges from Scarlatti to Ligeti but with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. I particularly like the Russian composers, Rachmaninov, Medtner, Scriabin and Prokofiev and my favourite artists include Richter, Hamelin, Kissin and Libetta. However the repertoire is so extensive and varied that selecting a few composers like this hardly does it justice. Other pages on this site provide a summary of some of the repertoire and give a more extensive indication of my interests.

Richard Ormesher