My experience at Ambialet was truly unforgettable and re-energizing. The instruction, performances, the scenery, the people, and the FOOD was absolutely amazing. I gained so much insight with my studies and hope that I can revisit in the future.

Molly Roseman, Professor of Piano, University of Wisconsin

Thank you for an amazing experience in France. It is something that I will never forget.

Jack Westwell, Edinburgh University music student

What an extraordinary week we spent with you! It wasn't just the music. It was such a beautiful place, the food was perfect, and we met so many interesting people. But it was even more than that: there was such a wonderful atmosphere of warmth and friendship. It was a truly unique experience. Well actually I hope it doesn't turn out to have been a unique experience as both I and Andrew would love to come back next summer.

Annette Andrews, retired amateur pianist, Dublin

The last two courses were simply amazing ... the teachers, the atmosphere, the people, the place and of course the music make it something special. Seriously, thanks a lot for gifting me with an opportunity to live something like that.

Daniel Fernandez (19-year-old piano student at ESMUC, Barcelona)

Thank you so much for a fabulous, inspiring and utterly delicious week!  I really feel that I have come away ready to perform in front of an audience, which is what I set out to do.

Ginevra House (PhD student at York University, England)

 

Teaching Assistants


James Kreiling

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A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, studied piano at Junior Guildhall with John York. From 2007 to 2011 he studied with Charles Owen and Martin Roscoe on the Bachelor of Music and Masters programmes. He is currently working on his Doctorate thesis, on Scriabin’s late piano sonatas, under Ronan O'hora.

In 2007 James performed as a soloist at the Albert Hall in London, and subsequently on BBC Radio 3, in a  BBC Promenade Portraits Concert devoted to the composer David Matthews. In 2008 James was selected as one of the Park Lane Group's young artists and this resulted in a solo recital in 2009 at the Purcell Room to great critical acclaim, as well as recitals in St Martin-in-the Fields and at the Little Missenden Festival. Other engagements included a solo appearances at the Barbican Hall playing James Macmillans' piano sonata, as well as a solo appearance in the BBC’s Total Immersion weekend on Jonathan Harvey, also broadcast on BBC Radio.

Prizes include 2nd prize in the 2010 British contemporary piano competition, 4th overall prize in the 2012 Haverhill Sinfonia Competition, as well as the prize for the best performance of a work composed after 1950, and 1st prize in the Guildhall School’s Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Competition.

Future performances include recitals in London and Manchester, as well as performances of Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen and Bartok’s Sonata for two pianos and percussion in St John’s Smith Square with his duo partner and wife Janneke Brits in May/June 2014.


Janneke Brits

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Originally from South Africa, is a sought-after teacher and performer, currently living in London with her pianist-husband, James Kreiling. As concerto soloist she has performed with the Academy Beckett Ensemble - a result of winning the Early Music Prize at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama - with the Guildhall Early Music ensemble and with the Blackburn Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 she was granted special permission from the Cobbe Collection in Surrey, to perform a recital on a fortepiano of 1785.

She gained her BMus with distinction from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, in 2006 and was additionally awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate for her achievements as recital pianist. She gained her MMus, also with distinction, from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2009. She was subsequently made a Fellow of the Music department, where she also taught keyboard skills.

As chamber pianist she has taken part in concert series and festivals in the US and throughout Europe, highlights being the International Master Classes at Prussia Cove, the Blair Atholl Showcase in Scotland and concerts in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2010. She has also premiered ensemble works by Hans Werner Henze, Tristan Murail, and Peter Eotvos at the Barbican Hall, London, and LSO St Luke's, broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

She currently teaches students of all abilities and ages privately, and is also on the staff at Eltham College and GEMS Hampshire School in Kensington, London. She was also the piano teaching assistant at the Yehudi Menuhin School from 2010-11.
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