Melanie Spanswick is an award-winning, best-selling piano writer, piano pedagogue, educator, and composer who has authored over 25 books and publications on various aspects of pianism.
A piano faculty member at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Eton College in the UK, Melanie is an Honorary Master Piano Teacher at the Tom Lee Academy in Hong Kong and Director of the Teacher Training Programme at the Cristofori Music School in Singapore.
Melanie’s work as a pianist, teacher and writer has taken her to all five continents, and her music is increasingly performed and recorded worldwide. She is one of the few female composers to be published in the renowned Edition Schott Composer Series.
As a composer, Melanie’s educational music regularly features in various piano festival programmes, and competitions, and has frequently appeared in Pianist and International Piano magazines, as well as in music exams and competition syllabuses. She compiled, composed, and annotated the 2021-2024 London College of Music Examinations Pre-Prep, Step 1, and Step 2 piano syllabuses.
Recent performances have included venues such as the Shiga Bank Piano Festival, a Livestream concert held at the Watsuki Hall (both in Kyoto), and a Chamber Music Series at Toppan Hall in Tokyo, Japan. In Europe, Melanie’s music was showcased at the Montecatini Piano Festival in Italy, as part of Piano Week in the UK, and it has featured in a festival held at the Kolarac Hall in Belgrade, Serbia.
Recordings include Enigma (Quartz) performed by pianist Yuki Negishi, and a piano piece, Heiwa, was arranged and recorded by AUN J Classic Orchestra for a single release on their record label, performed by members of the orchestra and pianist Aisa Ijiri. Compositions have also been recorded for the Steinway ‘Spirio’ piano and broadcast live on Radio-Berograd and RTS (Serbian National Television) in Serbia.
Biography taken from composer’s website.
Photo: Sarah Barnes