Robert Thompson is in great demand as a piano teacher and piano accompanist, having worked extensively with numerous instrumentalists and singers over the course of the last fifteen years. Since 2011 he has been Principal Piano Consultant and Choral Accompanist at Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire where he leads a thriving department of piano teachers offering the highest standards of piano teaching. Prior to this, he taught at School of St Helen and St Katharine in Oxfordshire where he also coached chamber groups who were prize-winners in both regional and national competitions. Robert has also worked as piano teacher and accompanist at the Junior Departments of Trinity Laban and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Earlier in his career, Robert performed widely as chamber musician and piano accompanist. Concert appearances took him all over Europe and further afield, including venues such as the Casa da Música in Porto and London’s Wigmore Hall. Robert held the Gilbert and Eileen Edgar Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music 2006-8. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Clifford Benson and Julius Drake and at Trinity College of Music with Hilary Coates where he was the recipient of several prestigious awards including twice the Elisabeth Schumann Duo Prize.
His teaching philosophy is to put the relationship between student and teacher at the centre of his practice, shaping an individual curriculum to suit each student’s area of musical interest and supporting them through what can often be testing times learning the piano. He also has a particular love of piano ensemble and continues to coach a number of six- and eight-hand groups as part of his firm belief in offering young pianists the same social and developmental opportunities afforded to other instrumentalists and singers.