This is the website of Birmingham-based pianist and teacher Andrew Thayer.
I studied music academically at Royal Holloway (University of London) where I was awarded a BMus. I also studied performance as a postgraduate in Birmingham Conservatoire where I received a PGDip and an MA. I have played recitals in various venues in cities including London, Birmingham and Cardiff and I also gave performances of Rachmaninoff's 2nd concerto with the Royal Holloway Symphony Orchestra under Peter Lipari.
In 2004 I won the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Prize as a member of the 'Trio Gustav' and in 2005 I was awarded the Renna Kellaway Piano Prize, as well as the John Ireland Prize. I was also a finalist in the Symphony Hall Competition, Birmingham.
I'm particularly interested in historic recordings of the great old-school pianists like Nyiregyhazi, Horowitz, Cortot and Rachmaninoff, as well as conductors like Furtwaengler, Stokowksi and Ormandy. I particularly like to attempt to analyse the musical thinking that led to such interesting, emotional sounds- as opposed to the comparably square and straight-laced style of competition playing that dominates today.