Piano Ensemble provides a platform for pianists to use a range of skills, performing repertoire they have chosen and rehearsed.
An ensemble may include piano four hands, two pianos, vocal repertoire with accompaniment, or piano with one or more other instruments.
As members of an audience, students also have the opportunity to observe and discuss the performances, and increase knowledge of works involving the piano.
First and second-study pianists with a range of abilities are welcome.
- No audition required
- Director: Dr Cameron Gardner
- Classes: Thursday 14:30-16:00, Concert Hall
Piano Ensemble is only open to Cardiff University School of Music students.
Director: Cameron Gardner
Dr Gardner teaches undergraduate modules in theory and analysis, and music history, and postgraduate modules in research and study skills, pedagogy, and historical performance practice.
As a Schubert scholar he completed a PhD at Cardiff in 2006, a semiotic analysis of the composer’s 1825 piano sonatas, and has since published chapters in The Unknown Schubert (Ashgate, 2008) and Rethinking Schubert (OUP, 2016). His interest in early-nineteenth-century repertoire was fostered as an undergraduate and postgraduate specializing in piano at Birmingham Conservatoire and, before, from studying with Roy Howat. He has also participated and directed international conferences, written for the Eighteenth-Century Music journal, worked for the BBC, and been an external PhD examiner.
His experience as a pianist (including solo recitals at Birmingham Symphony Hall, G8 Summit Civic Reception, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and Worcester’s Huntingdon Hall) and accompanist (including Contemporary Music Group concerts and student recitals at Cardiff) not only informs some of his current teaching, but also examining performances within the school. As International-Erasmus Coordinator he provides opportunities for students specializing in performance, composition and musicology to study and work in the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, and South-East Asia.