EPTA UK Management

Chair Mark TANNER

Mark Tanner is a concert pianist, composer, adjudicator, teacher and writer. His performing and academic work takes him regularly to all five continents. Solo appearances include many recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre and St John’s Smith Square. He appears regularly on luxury cruise liners such as the Queen Mary 2, having given more than 300 recitals. Mark’s recordings, which spotlight many previously unrecorded works, have received widespread critical acclaim: “Magnificent playing”, Gramophone.

Mark has published sixty volumes of compositions for Edition Peters and Spartan Press. He has twenty pieces on current examination syllabuses, and his ‘Pianoscapes’ series was shortlisted for the Best Print Resource Award at the 2015 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. Mark was recently Guest Editor of EPTA’s Piano Professional and is co-author of ABRSM’s Teaching Notes 2017-18. His ‘Masterclass’ articles continue to be enjoyed in Pianist Magazine.... More...

Website: www.marktanner.info
Administrator Carole Booth

Carole is the administrator for EPTA UK

Administrator Ann BURDEN

Ann looks after the Regional Organisers and Competitions for EPTA UK.

Committee Member Susan CRAXTON

Sue Craxton studied piano pedagogy with Margaret Murray-McLeod while at Napier College in Edinburgh, where she was awarded a medal for ‘outstanding achievement’. She went on to study with Joseph Weingarten, himself a pupil of Dohnanyi, who was influential on her development as a musician.

During the early part of her career Sue was an accompanist and lecturer at Napier College (now University), teaching and accompanying music diploma students. She was invited by the Natural Theatre Company of Bath to help devise and perform in ‘Scarlatti’s Birthday Party’, commissioned to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Bach, Handel and Scarlatti. This was extremely popular in Europe where performances continued for several years.

Teaching piano stimulated an interest in young people’s development, leading Sue to take courses in Youth Counselling and a Postgraduate certificate in Youth and Community Studies.
Highlights of her diverse career include playing first Keyboard for ‘Les Miserables’ at the... More...

Committee Member Rory Dowse

Rory Dowse is a Master of Music graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, and a First-Class Bachelor of Music graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, where he achieved the highest mark in his year. Rory studied piano under Dr. Murray McLachlan at the Royal Northern College of Music, and under Dr. Peter Tuite at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He is a piano accompanist at the University of Manchester, and a regular contributor for Piano Professional and Piano Journal.

He has performed throughout the UK and Ireland as both a soloist and accompanist, and won a number of competitions, including the Joan Gavin Cup and Dina Copeman Cup at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has also received masterclasses from pianists including Peter Donohoe, Leon Fleisher, Peter Hill, Stephen Hough, Leslie Howard, and Fanny Waterman.

After the publication of his article, ‘Beethoven’s WoO 47 Piano Sonatas: Worthless or Invaluable?’ in Piano Professional journal, Rory... More...

Website: www.rorydowse.com
Committee Member Katrina Fox

Katrina is a second-career piano teacher, having achieved her BSc(hons) in Microbiology and Virology from the University of Warwick, and a PGCE and Master’s Degree in Science Education from Southampton University.

Katrina teaches pupils of all ages and abilities in her private studio in Bournemouth and has around 15 years of teaching experience in primary and secondary schools, both as an instrumental teacher and as classroom music teacher. She is passionate about teacher education and making high quality continuing professional development accessible to all teachers.

Website: www.bhpiano.co.uk
Committee Member Liz GIANNOPOULOS

Liz Giannopoulos is the founder and director of Encore Music Tuition, a collaborative team of piano teachers who share ideas and experiences to enrich their teaching. Passionate about life-long learning, Liz completed the LTCL in piano performance in 2017 and is currently studying the Master of Education programme (focusing on professional development for instrumental teachers) at the Royal College of Music, London. She has completed consultancy projects for ABRSM and Casio Music and is the founder and director of Battersea Piano Festival.

Liz recognises the value of a supportive network, good governance and accountability, and ongoing professional development and is delighted to contribute to EPTA UK's mission to raise the standard of piano teaching, piano performance and general musicianship in the UK.

Committee Member Talia Girton

Talia is the founder and director of The Cycling Music Teachers, a collective of piano and voice instructors who travel to student homes by bicycle. Having worked in music education and music therapy in the United States, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and the UK, she is passionate about the use of creative expression as a means of healing, self-development, and positive change.

Committee Member Maria Kesiak

Maria Kesiak is a piano teacher and musicologist.

Her musical education began in a specialist music school in Lodz (Poland), and at the age of 10 she made her debut in the Philharmonic Hall in Lodz, performing Chopin. She completed her academic studies at the College of Music in Lodz and Warsaw University with a Master’s Degree in Musicology.

She is the author of several articles, published in leading Polish music journals, including The Music Movement and Musica Sacra Nova. Since moving to England in 2005, she has been involved in numerous musicological translation works from Polish into English. Her largest collaborative book titled “Polish Music. Polish Composers 1918-2010” was published by Music Academy in Gdansk and Lublin University in 2013.

Maria is a dedicated piano teacher, running a busy music studio in Lancashire for pupils of all ages and levels. She also teaches at the Clearwater Music School. Being passionate about inclusive pedagogy, she has a... More...

Committee Member Nadia LASSERSON

Pianist, piano teacher, Associated Board examiner, adjudicator, writer and lecturer living in London as well as Organising Secretary of EPTA Europe.
Nadia lectures on the Piano Pedagogy Course, and has responsibility for liaison with Music Festivals, particularly where an EPTA UK cup is being awarded.

Committee Member Muzaffar Shah

Committee Member Amy Wakefield


I grew up in Stockport and began playing the piano at the age 5 and the violin aged 6. I attended Chetham’s School of Music in 1999 where I studied the piano with Susan Bettaney and continued my studies on the violin. I received a scholarship to study at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2004 and now work as a freelance pianist teacher. I am part of a successful concert duo with clarinettist Sarah Douglas and we play in recitals around the UK. I have enjoyed performing regularly as guest artist on Cunard and P&O cruise ships over the past 6  years. In 2008 I was awarded my PGCE in Music Education and over the years have developed a strong teaching practice in Congleton through teaching piano and violin.  I also teach in local schools. I am extremely passionate about teaching and passing on my love for music to others and strongly agree with EPTA’s purpose to raise standards of piano teaching, piano performance and general musicianship in the UK. I have been fortunate enough to help with... More...

Website: amywakefieldpianist.co.uk
Committee Member Anthony Williams


Anthony Williams MMus GRSM(Hons) LRAM ARAM

Concert pianist, writer, lecturer, ABRSM examiner and moderator, and festival adjudicator, Anthony Williams studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Following international competition success he embarked on a career as a concert pianist and alongside this quickly established an international reputation as a piano teacher and a passionate educator of pianistic musicianship at all ages and levels, giving piano masterclasses, public lecture-recitals and seminars on performance and the art of teaching.

Anthony has given talks on piano performance for Radio 3 and is author and editor of various publications including The Best of Grade and Fingerprints (Faber), Teaching Notes (ABRSM) and the highly acclaimed Piano Teacher’s Survival Guide (Faber).

He combines his freelance career with a full-time position at Radley College, Oxfordshire as Head of Keyboard and Instrumental... More...

Website: http://www.anthonywilliamspiano.co.uk