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The Ingenium Academy offers students between the ages of 14 and 18 a unique musical and cultural experience. This includes tuition from world-renowned musicians, performances in top British venues and the opportunity to meet like-minded friends from all over the world within our environment of creative excellence.

Our piano programme is for young pianists who wish to develop and improve all aspects of their playing as well as gain ensemble playing experience. We strongly believe in the importance of nurturing the all-round musician and as such, have created a varied programme of workshops and classes to make sure all areas are catered for.

The piano programme encompasses all the essential rehearsal and performance aspects for young pianists. Each day, students will receive solo and ensemble tuition from esteemed professors who specialise in differing areas of piano performance and musicianship.

Throughout the three weeks, there will be regular solo and ensemble performance opportunities, open masterclasses, specialist guest masterclasses with professors from the London conservatoires as well as faculty recitals. Members of our pastoral staff are also conservatoire piano students and will be on hand to mentor and support students in their private practice and development.

Students can attend for 1, 2 or 3 weeks.


Tutors will cover topics including:

• repertoire
• sight reading
• keyboard skills
• accompaniment
• composition and improvisation

Students will play challenging, exciting and varied repertoire of all genres for solo performance as well as duets, six hands and two piano arrangements. They will also interact with our instrumental and vocal students to rehearse and perform chamber music.

Every week, our students will also have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of vocal, instrumental and musical workshops led by internationally renowned experts in jazz, chamber, folk and international music. These workshops are designed to broaden each student’s musical experience by exposing them to something new and challenging.

Workshops include:

• Musical awareness, performance skills and interpretation
• Composition and arranging
• Concert pianist masterclass
• Jazz improvisation and performance
• Instrumental improvisation and devising music
• Chamber and small ensemble playing
• Beatboxing and a cappella
• Life in the music industry
• Conducting
• Gospel choir
• Healthy instrumental practice techniques and avoiding injury
• African drumming, body percussion and dance

Concerts and Performance Opportunities:

During the summer school, students perform in public concerts each week, in beautiful and prestigious venues in Winchester, London and Oford. In addition, students have weekly performance opportunities at our internal Performance Platforms. These evenings provide a friendly, safe and informal environment for students to experiment and to develop their performance skills, conquer nerves and build confidence. Parents and friends are welcome to attend our public performances.


Simon Callaghan

“What a wonderful pianist, who combines complete understanding of the style of music he is playing with a rare subtlety and brilliance of execution.” - Sir Roger Norrington

Simon is recognised as an exciting and versatile artist. Performance highlights include Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Liszt’s first concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, chamber music tours of Japan and South Korea and a gala concert with English National Opera principals.

Hiro Takenouchi

“Takenouchi is just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs; I’ll be eager to hear him again.” - The Times

Japanese born Hiro frequently appears on concert platforms throughout the UK, Japan, Europe and North and Central America. Hiro is known as one of the most versatile pianists of his generation, with a wide repertoire ranging from the core works of the piano literature to the lesser-known. He was featured on the critically-acclaimed BBC documentary The Prince and The Composer on the life and music of Parry. In 2012, Hiro released a recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and was appointed to the faculty at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Special Offer

Earlybird Discount

Apply before 31 December for a £200 Earlybird discount on bookings for a 3 or 4-week course (students can combine attendance with other programmes, see website for details).

Apply before 28 Feb 2020 for a £100 Earlybird discount on bookings for a 3 or 4-week course (students can combine attendance with other programmes, see website for details).
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The Ingenium Academy offers its students a unique musical and cultural experience with exclusive tuition from world renowned musicians, performances in top British venues and the opportunity to meet like-minded friends from all over the world within our environment of creative excellence.

During the residential summer programme, students rehearse and perform a diverse and challenging array of repertoire and discover new genres of music through our broad range of workshops and activities. In addition to the enriching musical curriculum, students also uncover historical Britain in the glorious city of Winchester and enjoy day trips to nearby London. We immerse our students in a cultural adventure where they will meet and form friendships with other talented young musicians from all over the world.

Over the last few years our programme has seen students come together from over 30 different countries, including France, Egypt, Italy, India, Israel, Mongolia, Palestine, Spain, Russia, the UK and the USA

Apply now to sing or play at the Ingenium Academy International Summer School for Music. It is a truly unique programme, an invaluable experience and an unforgettable summer.
The Ingenium Academy
34 Arica Road, London, United Kingdom SE4 2PX
+44 (0)20 7060 4076
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