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