Penelope Roskell is a dedicated, inspiring teacher, as well as an acclaimed international concert pianist. She is extremely experienced in all aspects of advanced teaching, having taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level for over twenty five years. She was a Professor of Piano at the London College of Music from 1982 until 1999 when she moved to Trinity College of Music. She has a very inspiring, committed approach to teaching, which aims to guide each individual student to reach his/her full potential as a pianist- musically and technically – and as an artist in the broadest sense.
At Trinity, in addition to her piano teaching, she is involved in examining and auditioning and runs a regular class on piano pedagogy. From 2000 to 2002 she was also Director of the EPTA Piano Pedagogy Course. She has a special expertise in the field of piano technique and in dealing with physical tension and injuries. She was Director of the ISSTIP course in Musicians’ Health at Trinity in 2004 and is a frequent guest speaker on piano technique at conferences and at music conservatoires. She writes a column on piano technique in Piano Professional magazine, and has taught regular classes for postgraduates at the Royal Academy of Music. She has created a DVD on “Yoga for Musicians” and her ground-breaking book, the Art of Piano Fingering, is published by London College of Music.
Penelope Roskell has performed as soloist at major concert halls throughout Britain, including the Barbican Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room. She has also travelled widely throughout the world, playing in over thirty countries in Western and Eastern Europe, the United States, Africa, Asia, and the Middle and Far East.
She studied with a range of great teachers, including Vlado Perlemuter, Maria Curcio, Guido Agosti, Peter Feuchtwanger and George Hadjinikos. As a young student she won numerous awards, including second prize in the National Piano Concerto Competition. In 1988 she won first prize in the British Contemporary Piano Competition, which resulted in the offer of over fifty engagements featuring contemporary music, including eight recitals in Hans Werner Henze’s festivals in Munich and Montepulciano. Her numerous broadcasts have included programmes for BBC Radio, WFMT Radio in Chicago and Hong Kong Radio, and British and Greek television.
She has a broad interest in a very wide range of repertoire. Her performances of Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Shostakovich have been particularly acclaimed. She has played Mozart Concertos with numerous orchestras, including the London Mozart Players at the Barbican Concert Hall and on tour with Sir Simon Rattle. She has also played both Shostakovich Concertos in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Docklands Sinfonietta.. Her work with dance companies has included a season of solo performances with Twyla Tharp Dance Company at Sadlers Wells.
Penelope Roskell is Artistic Director of the Sutton House Music Society, where she performs regularly. She is a committed chamber musician and has played with many distinguished artists. She has played piano quintets with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet for over ten years, and is a founder member of Meridian, featuring professors from TCM. She has recorded for Virgin records with Aquarius, and has tutored on numerous chamber music courses, including Dartington International Summer School.
Penelope Roskell’s own international advanced piano courses, which take place in London twice yearly, attract students from around the world.