I have a varied background which includes music, law, and, most recently, academia. At the age of 11, I was admitted to the Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham, Surrey, where I studied under Nikolai Demidenko. Subsequently, I attended Chetham's School of Music, Manchester, before taking up a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in 1996. I took second prize at the Claude Kahn International Piano Competition, in which I was the youngest participant, at the age of 16. In London, I also studied under Maria Curcio, whose disciples included Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, and Mitsuko Uchida. I have performed widely in the UK and abroad, and my concert engagements have included performances at the Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square in London, at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and the Salle Pleyel in Paris. In the end, I chose not to pursue a career as a concert performer and first came to Oxford, where I am now permanently based, in 2005 to read for a Master's degree (M.St.) in Oriental Studies. Last year, I completed a DPhil (PhD) in Islamic history. I have also tutored in Arabic for the Faculty of Oriental Studies and Exeter College.
I teach the piano to students of all ages and abilities, mainly at my home in the Jericho area of central Oxford. In some cases, depending on the distances involved, I am willing to travel to students within Oxford. My youngest student to date was four years of age, my eldest in her sixties. I have taught complete beginners, students at Diploma level and beyond. I would describe my approach to teaching the piano as analytical: I try to proceed from a proper understanding of the unique strengths and weaknesses of the individual student rather than attempting to apply a single method to all. While I do not believe that exams are the best way of achieving progress in all learners, my students have a 100% pass rate for ABRSM and Trinity exams, the majority of them awarded Distinctions.