Claire grew up in Lincolnshire where she began learning the piano and flute at an early age. She gained Grade 8 piano at the age of 13, Grade 8 flute at the age of 14 and by 2006 had achieved the ABRSM Diploma in Piano Performance. In 2011, Claire graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a First Class honours degree, having studied piano with Sallyann McLeod. In the same year, she won the RNCM John Ireland Prize and the Principal’s Prize for Improvisation. She has had lessons with Phillipe Cassard, Nelson Goener and Michel Beroff and has performed across the UK.
Claire is also a keen jazz pianist who has taken part in master classes with Kenny Wheeler and Nikki Iles. She has performed with Tina May, Jiggs Whigham, John Taylor, Gwilym Simcock and Diana Torto and her trio have appeared at the Manchester Jazz Festival and the London Jazz Festival, as well as during the BBC Proms Plus Series which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The Claire James Trio EP was released on the Manchester-based Efpi label, and was well received nation-wide.
Since 2011, Claire has gained a broad range of teaching experience as a private piano teacher, teaching a range of students from age 4 to adult, and from beginner to post grade 8 and beyond. Claire now brings her varied experience and passion for music and education to establishing a fun and extremely efficient piano school.
Claire also works as a piano tutor for Donhead Preparatory School in Wimbledon and at Wycombe Abbey Girls School in High Wycombe. In March 2017, Claire was awarded a distinction level Fellow of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in piano performance, and in April 2018 became a Grade Examiner for the ABRSM.
CJPianoSchool is a private music school offering exciting piano lessons in the heart of South West London.
We aim to provide you with a dedicated and committed piano teacher who is passionate about providing high quality music tuition for all.
We are dedicated to meeting the needs of the individual and tailor all lessons to ensure students are motivated, encouraged and inspired to fulfill their musical potential.
The school aims to provide an extremely versatile service – providing lessons in classical, jazz, pop, music theory, as well as for those wishing to take exams or learn as a hobby.
We can also assist students with concert preparation, GCSE and A Level music curriculum and aural and harmony training.
We have 20 years of experience in piano alone!
Jazz and pop tuition available
Fully qualified, check out our rates
If you would prefer, we can come to you!
For lessons including travel by Claire: 30 mins: £26.00 45 mins: £34.00 60 mins: £43.00
Claire is a passionate accompanist and has worked with a multitude of instrumentalists and vocalists. She is available for exam and concert accompaniment and rehearsals. Please see below for accompaniment fees:
60 mins rehearsal plus exam: £80.00
30 mins rehearsal plus exam: £60.00
If you are enquiring about a concert, the fee will be negotiable.
Claire can also assist students with concert preparation, GCSE and A Level music curriculum and aural and harmony training.
30 mins: £26.00 60 mins: £41.00
Christian has recently completed his MMus studies in Piano Accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, having studied with Eugene Asti and Paul Roberts. Prior to this, he completed a MMus Solo Performance Degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he was the recipient of the Humphrey Dayas Piano Prize (2012) and The Clifton Helliwell Memorial Award (2013). In 2011, Christian was awarded a BMus (Hons) Degree with 1st Class Honours from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Christian’s previous professors include Mikhail Kazakevich, Helen Yorke and Douglas Finch. He has also participated in many masterclasses and received coaching and one-to-one tuition from world-renown artists including Graham Johnson, Julius Drake, Iain Burnside, Nelson Goerner, Steven Osbourne, Piers Lane, Noriko Ogawa and Stephen Hough.
Recent performance highlights have seen Christian appear at the Oxford Lieder Festival (2011), North West New Music Festival (2012), Reflections of Debussy Festival at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (2012), Machynlleth Festival (2013), the Manchester Welsh Society (2013), and The City of London Festival (2014). Following a debut performance at St. John’s Smith Square, London in 2014, other notable venues have included Mansion House, London, and The Guidhall, City of London, both of which have been in the presence of Royalty.
Christian has vast experience as a vocal accompanist, and has performed many songs and cycles by composers including Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Strauss, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Poulenc, Stravinsky and Britten. Also active as a solo pianist, Christian feels especially at home with 19th Century rhetoric, with a particular emphasis on works by F. Liszt.
In addition to solo and vocal duo performances, Christian has performed regularly and lectured for the Divas & Scholars Opera Interpretations and Perspectives Study Day Series that take place at Cadogan Hall and Markham Square, London. Christian is also engaged in a variety of additional freelance accompaniment work.
Christian is beginning to establish himself as a highly successful piano teacher, and his wide range of students have already achieved excellent success in ABRSM graded exams as well as competitions. Further work has seen Christian dip into the world of musicology, and he has a particular interest in the study of expressive bodily movements during a piano performance.
Claire is both the Director of and full time teacher for CJ Piano School. Please click here to read more about Claire!
The Terms and Conditions below have been put in place to ensure a fair agreement between the tutor and the student, and to ensure our timetable can run smoothly and effectively. Please take a moment to read these. We are happy to answer any queries you may have.
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