EPTA UK Management

Chair Aaron Shorr

Aaron studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he received their most prestigious prizes for performance. His teachers have included Alexander Kelly, Solomon Mikowsky, Gary Graffman, André Watts, John Browning and chamber music with Joseph Seiger, former duo partner of legendary violinist Mischa Elman.

Since settling in the United Kingdom in 1984, Aaron has established an international career as soloist, chamber musician and educator. As well as appearing as soloist at London’s South Bank in over thirty concertos, he has toured extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician worldwide. 

Aaron is currently the Head of Keyboard and Collaborative Piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. His students have gone on to win major prizes at international competitions including the Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv; UNISA in Pretoria, Viñes in Spain, Piano Campus in Paris, Redding-Piette and the Schubert... More...

CEO Peter Lipman

Peter is currently a piano teacher and musicologist living in Harpenden, Hertfordshire and has 33 students – from beginner to diploma level. When he was at school he was taught by Philip Martin.

Before becoming a piano teacher Peter's original background was in teaching and local government. He was a principal inspector of schools and colleges, a deputy chief education officer for Bedfordshire LEA, a director in four councils, an assistant director and deputy chief executive in two other councils and acting chief executive at Watford Council. He has also been vice chair of a large housing association, chair of its remuneration and governance committee and a trustee of a music society. Peter has been on courses at both Ashridge Management College and Henley Management College on organisational change, people management and conflict resolution.


Regional Organiser Coordinator & Committee Member Andrew Higgins

Andrew Higgins was born in England and after studying Piano at the London College of Music and graduating from the University of Surrey specialising in Composition and Performance with Musicology, he spent 15 formative years touring the world as a session musician and music producer in the ‘not so swinging eighties’.

During the 1990’s he decided to devote more time to composition and to the teaching of music history, theory and composition as well as the piano. Several of his piano pupils have since gone on to study at specialised Music Schools or at University level and one is now a concert pianist in his own right.

Andrew joined Alfred Publishing in 1996, which coincided with his discovery of the pedagogical insights of the late Dr Amanda Vick-Lethco in the now classic Alfred’s Basic Piano Library. Her all-encompassing holistic approach focussing on the ‘pianist as musician’, inspired him to develop Dr Lethco’s ideas still further by incorporating improvising and memorising... More...

Administrator Yvonne Cheng


Treasurer John Nye

John taught Mathematics for forty years, having read the subject at Cambridge University, and he continues to examine the subject for that University.

He was fortunate to be a junior exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music for seven years, learning piano and clarinet. Likewise, he was fortunate throughout his teaching career to have opportunities to pursue his musical interests alongside his teaching. As an amateur musician, he has enjoyed many performing opportunities, conducting, playing in orchestras, choral, solo, and stage musical singing, and playing piano as an accompanist, soloist and in ensemble.

Vice-chair 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...


Committee Member Yulia Chaplina

Described by International Piano Magazine as "quintessentially Russian" and "with technical fluency and rich tonal shading reminiscent of the great Communist era artists such as Emil Gilels", Yulia is the winner of 7 international piano competitions. Since winning the First Prize & the Gold Medal in the prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians, she has performed regularly as a soloist in many of the world's finest venues, including the Wigmore Hall in London, Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Grand Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo and other prestigious concert halls.


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 Angela Fogg

Angela Fogg (MA LRSM CKME MISM FRSA) is a teaching musician leading a double life as teacher of piano and Kodály musicianship. She studied piano with EPTA’s founder Carola Grindea for several years and currently teaches in private practice but has also worked as a peripatetic piano teacher in state and private schools. She performs regularly at local events and played for many years with the Dolce Diva Quartet. In the past Angela has assisted at various EPTA Summer Schools and events, she has reviewed music for the EPTA Piano Journal since the 1990s and was in charge of advertising for several years.

Angela teaches Kodály musicianship at a local primary school and for Colourstrings Music School based at Kingston University. She directs the choir at both schools. Angela was one of the instructors for British Kodaly Academy’s Springboard Course and is part of the BKA Education Planning Board. She is also HLR for the ISM.


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 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 Sandra Tetsola

Sandra Tetsola qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1997 and is currently the Head of Finance at the London Symphony Orchestra.  Her career includes 10 years as Director of Finance at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and over the last 20 years, has overseen 20 annual charity audits and provided strategic financial analysis for senior management to determine project and charitable profitability.  She has submitted numerous financial reports in support of multi-million international grants and donations and more recently, assisted in securing additional grant income from the Arts Council and other international donors.   This all contributed to the financial support of players and artists to enable them to continue to bring music to the world.    

She was first cellist in her local junior orchestra and continues to play in her spare time.  She was successful in passing the ABRSM Grade 8 (practical) and continues to enjoy music from all genres.