I studied music as an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford, where I won an instrumental scholarship and an academic exhibition. I graduated with first-class honours in June ’07. Later that summer, I moved to America to undertake a two-year master’s course in music at Boston University. In ’09, during my final semester in the States, BU presented me with an honour award for outstanding achievement. I then came home to England to begin a doctoral degree under the supervision of John Deathridge at King’s College, London, where I was awarded a continuation scholarship. My PhD thesis was on the use of Richard Wagner’s operas in Nazi Germany. During my years of study, I worked closely with Laurence Dreyfus, Julian Johnson, and Joshua Rifkin among others. I also conducted research in the national archives of Germany, published some of my work, and presented papers on a variety of topics at academic conferences held in locations from Cardiff to California.
I’ve played the piano since I was a child. My teachers have included Patricia Powell, Iwan Llewelyn-Jones, and Konstantinos Papadakis. During my time as an undergraduate, I commuted from Oxford to London once a week for lessons with Niel Immelman, a professor of keyboard at the Royal College of Music. I continue to work with Niel on an occasional basis today. In my solo repertoire, I embrace composers from Scarlatti to Stockhausen, and I’ve given premieres by a number of living composers. My concerto repertoire includes works by Mozart, Gershwin, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky.
photo by Vikram Kushwah