EPTA UK Management

Chair Murray McLACHLAN

Murray McLachlan is a pianist with a virtuoso technique and a sure sense of line. Since making his professional debut in 1986 at the age of 21 under the baton of Sir Alexander Gibson, Murray McLachlan has consistently received outstanding critical acclaim. Educated at Chetham’s School of Music and Cambridge University, his mentors included Ronald Stevenson, David Hartigan, Ryszard Bakst, Peter Katin and Norma Fisher. 

He has appeared as soloist with most of the leading UK orchestras. His recognition has been far-reaching, bringing invitations to perform on all five continents. At the same time he continues to give numerous concerts and master classes in the UK. McLachlan teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music and at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where he has been Head of Keyboard since 1997. He is the founder of the Manchester International Concerto competition for young pianists as well as the Founder/Artistic Director of the world famous Chetham’s International Summer school... More...

Website: www.murraymclachlan.co.uk
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Vice-chair Melvyn COOPER

Melvyn was co-ordinator of advanced piano studies and senior piano tutor at the University of Warwick. He is a pianist, piano teacher and adjudicator and is also vice chair of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, and the Piano Trio Society.

He is on the executive council of the Liszt Society and a member of the Chopin and Alkan societies. Melvyn founded EPTA West Midlands and was the regional organiser as well as forming Warwick Piano Circle.

He has been a member of the jury of National and International piano competitions, is now a freelance pianist, teacher and adjudicator and Lives in London.

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Administrator Carole Booth

Carole is the administrator for EPTA UK

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Treasurer David Baldwin

David is the Treasurer for EPTA UK.

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Committee Member Susan BETTANEY

Manchester Regional Organiser and teacher at Chetham’s School of Music. Has organising responsibility for EPTA Young Artists and Friends of EPTA UK. She is also an experienced adjudicator. Susan is EPTA's Regional Organiser for Manchester.

Website: www.chethams.com
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Committee Member Liz DEWHURST

Liz is a private piano teacher from Mid Glamorgan.
She is the Regional Organiser for EPTA Swansea and is the Administrator for both the Piano and Composers' Competitions, and is the Members' News editor.

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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.

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Committee Member Nancy LITTEN

Performer, teacher, composer, conductor, writer and speaker, Alfred have published nine of her books, including Choral & Vocal Warm-Ups for pianists, electronic keyboard tutors Keyed Up, and together with Sharon Goodey, violin tutors Playing with Colour. A tenth book for Alfred UK comes out shortly: Choral and Vocal Sight Reading for Pianists to Accompany. Nancy is Regional Organiser for Kent, an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, and an ABRSM examiner.

Website: www.nancylitten.com
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Committee Member Lucinda Mackworth-Young

Passionate about piano playing, Lucinda Mackworth-Young is an international lecturer and pianist who helps teachers understand what, and how, pupils want to learn, and helps everyone overcome performance anxiety.   

Aiming, also, to enable everyone to play spontaneously, without books, at home, in schools or social settings (and say “Yes!” when asked to play Happy Birthday!), she has developed a wealth of immediately accessible and musically satisfying material which has recently been published by Faber Music in Piano by Ear.

Director of the UK’s leading Piano Teachers’ Course www.pianoteacherscourse.org, Lucinda also provides professional development for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, the Incorporated Society of Musicians and In-Service Teacher Training.

Her first book: Tuning In, Practical Psychology for Musicians, came out in 2000 and she has also had many chapters and articles published by... More...

Website: www.lucinda-mackworth-young.co.uk
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Committee Member Ilga PITKEVICA

Ilga Pitkevica, MA Mus, graduated from the Latvian Music Academy in Riga with honours in solo piano performance, piano teaching, accompaniment and chamber music. Before moving to the UK in 2002, Ilga taught piano, accompaniment and chamber music at the Academy and at the Emils Darzins Special Music School for Gifted Children. Ilga is the official accompanist for the International Cello Competition held bi-annually in Liezen, Austria. 

As well as accompanying instrumentalists and singers, Ilga performs solo and chamber music in the UK and abroad. She also teaches private pupils at her home in Coton. Several of her pupils have been winners of the UK national piano competition run by the European Piano Teacher’s Association. Ilga serves on the EPTA UK Committee and since 2006 has been its Cambridgeshire Regional Organiser.  She is also one of the Principal Tutors on the Piano Teachers' Course.

(Photograph with the kind permission of Lucy Cavendish Singers)

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Committee Member Beate TOYKA

German born Beate Toyka is a graduate of Cologne Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with Hamish Milne. After touring in central and Eastern Europe Beate moved to Botswana in Southern Africa from where she toured in most surrounding countries, repeatedly in Zimbabwe. Living in Derbyshire Beate is active as a concerto soloist and rectialist, is piano coach and accompanist for Nottingham University, and teacher at Trent College, Nottingham. She is also an event organiser and musical director of the Belper Music Festival,now in its 4th year, and the Derby Performing Arts Festival. As EPTA UK regional organiser she is encouraging and networking with local teachers.  Beate is also on the Management Committee of EPTA UK.

Website: www.beates-music.co.uk
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