Penelope Roskell is an international concert pianist and Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance as well as visiting professor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Penelope has special expertise in helping injured pianists to resume healthy piano playing. She has taught classes in healthy piano playing at many institutions, including the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, RNCM, Trinity Laban, and the MSc Performing Arts Medicine course at UCL. She has been Director of the Musician’s Clinic, the ISSTIP Music Medicine Therapists course, and of the EPTA Piano Pedagogy Course. She frequently gives masterclasses and lectures at conservatoires and summer schools, including Dartington and Chethams International Summer Schools. Her London workshops on healthy piano playing are attended by pianists from around the world.
Penelope is the piano consultant for the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, where she runs a multi-disciplinary pianists’ clinic with hand surgeon Mr Mark Phillips. Although a classical pianist herself, she works with injured pianists from all genres, including rock and music theatre.
She has produced a DVD on Yoga for Musicians (click here) and a book Art of Piano Fingering (click here), which explores ergonomic fingerings. Her major book on all aspects of healthy piano playing, The Complete Pianist: From Healthy Technique to Natural Artistry, will be published in January 2020 by Edition Peters. In this book, which features 300 videos and 250 newly devised exercises, Penelope shares a lifetime’s experience of performing, teaching and original research.
Penelope has performed as soloist at major concert halls throughout Britain, including the Barbican Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle and Daniel Harding. She has also given solo tours in over thirty countries in Western and Eastern Europe, the United States, Africa, Asia, and the Middle and Far East.
She won first prize in the British Contemporary Piano Competition and second prize in the National Concerto Competition, and has made numerous broadcasts on BBC radio, WFMT Radio in Chicago and British, Polish and Greek television. In between her busy teaching schedule, Penelope still performs as soloist and in ensemble with the Roskell Piano Trio and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet.
She has been a member of the jury on many competitions, including the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the David Parkhouse Award.
Author links and publications
A thorough understanding of the principles of good fingering is a vital basis for good piano playing. Without comfortable, musically appropriate fingerings, we can waste hours of practice time trying to remedy a problem which could have been averted much earlier. In this series of articles, author Penelope Roskell... Read >>
Piano playing is a deeply satisfying artistic activity, but it can also be very demanding physically on our arms and hands. Just as elite athletes understand and care for their bodies, so should pianists think carefully about their approach to playing and practising. A healthy piano technique not only avoids... Read >>
In this collection of videos, Penelope Roskell demonstrates clearly and concisely how yoga principles can be applied directly to instrumental playing, and how playing can be more fluid, powerful and emotionally expressive. Suitable for musicians of any age; from beginner to professional; Classical, jazz, folk and pop, the exercises demonstrated... Read >>