George Needham

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: Royal Northern College of Music

George holds a scholarship to study piano with Helen Krizos at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he begins a master’s degree in September 2018. He is grateful to Help Musicians UK and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust for supporting his studies with postgraduate awards.

At the age of sixteen he joined the Junior Department of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire and has since enjoyed increasing success. During his gap year he joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as orchestral pianist for their spring residency and concert tour, performing at the Sage Gateshead and the Royal Festival Hall, including a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3. One month previously he made his London concerto debut with Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No 2.

In 2018 George graduated from Oxford University with first-class honours in Music. Whilst studying at St Peter’s College, where he held the Anjool Maldé academic scholar, he continued to take regular piano lessons with Sam Armstrong in London. As well as regular recital appearances in such venues as the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building and the Holywell Music Room, significant performances from his time at Oxford included Beethoven’s third piano concerto. He also took advantage of the many opportunities for chamber music and accompaniment of instrumentalists and singers, forming a piano trio in his first term and maintaining a busy schedule of collaborative projects.

George has been privileged enough to have participated in lessons and masterclasses with such distinguished pianists and pedagogues as Lars Vogt, Katya Apekisheva, Philippe Cassard. He has also had chamber music coaching from Natalie Clein, the Villiers Quartet and David Takeno, and song coaching from Sholto Kynoch and Anna Tilbrook.