Graham Fitch maintains an international career as a pianist, teacher, adjudicator and writer. He teaches privately in London, and even though he is associated with training specialist pianists at the secondary and tertiary levels, he is interested in teaching people of all ages and abilities - the only requirement is a level of interest and motivation. Currently, his youngest student is 9 and the oldest 78! Graham gives regular consultation lessons to piano teachers, and enjoys working with adult amateurs who are passionate about music and the piano.
Graham Fitch's workshops and classes which he gives all over the world, have received high praise for their creative and illuminating approach to the subject. First Prizewinner in the Mieczyslaw Munz Piano Competition, he graduated with honours from the Royal College of Music in London where he won the prestigious Hopkinson Gold Medal for piano playing. A Fulbright Scholarship then took him to the United States, where he completed his studies with Ann Schein and Nina Svetlanova (becoming her teaching assistant at the Mannes College of Music), as well as participating in regular classes with Leon Fleisher.
During much of the 1990s, Graham Fitch's career straddled the Atlantic with solo and chamber performances in England (where he taught piano at the Purcell School, St. Paul's Girls' School, the Centre for Young Musicians) and in Europe and North America. The New York Times spoke of his playing as "unalloyed pleasure". In the UK he was recitalist at the Bournemouth Festival, and appeared in repeated engagements with the London Chamber Soloists on London's South Bank. US activities included concerts with his trio, the Trio dell'Arte, various solo appearances (including a performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations in Merkin Hall during the 250th anniversary of the composer's death) and a performance of Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Jonathan Haas.
From 1997 to 2008, Graham Fitch was Associate Professor, Head of Keyboard and Head of Section of Practical Studies at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, from where he travelled extensively to perform and teach. An international tour of Bach's Goldberg Variations elicited rapturous reviews on four continents, and invitations to return to Australia, New Zealand and the USA. More recently he has given a recital, a masterclass and a keynote address at the 7th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, been in residence at London's Royal Academy of Music, coached chamber music at the Franschhoek Chamber Music Workshop, and participated in the Stellenbosch International Piano Symposium.
A published author, Graham has written several articles on aspects
of piano playing and musical style. He has also produced a generation
of teachers through his influence as a teacher. He is a regular
contributor to Pianist Magazine, and is the author of a very
successful blog, PractisingThePiano.com, which will soon be available as an ebook.
Among Graham's prizewinning students are
• Daniel Grimwood
• Kathleen Tagg
more details of his students' successes, see under the "Students" tab.