1. We are so excited to welcome you to the team Ophelia! Tell us a bit about your musical background…
As I was born into a musical family, I have played the piano ever since I can remember! Growing up I also learnt the violin, double bass, and classical guitar (which was actually my principal study at uni), but now all my focus is on piano. I now teach piano and guitar and work as an accompanist for schools, soloists and choirs across Surrey, as well as developing a career as a concert pianist.
2. What are you practising at the moment?
Trying to keep my focus these days on Kapustin Concert Etude, Chopin Andante Spinato et Grand polonaise, Rachmaninov Sonata no.2…but if the mood strikes me I’ll jump on to whatever I fancy in the moment!
3. What’s been a performing highlight for you?
It would probably be performing a concerto at the Fairfield halls in 2019 to roughly 2000 people! I was horrifically nervous but I think I managed to pull it off. I recently recorded for my first international competition using the fabulous Steinway at Finchcocks and came first, so thats my ‘recording’ performance highlight !
4. If you could meet any composer, who would it be?
It’s got to be either Rachmaninov or Ravel.
5. If you were on Desert Island Discs, which would be the one piece you couldn’t do without?
That is such a tough question, but I think I’d have to go with the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no.2. I never get tired of listening to it.
6. When you’re not at the piano, what do you love doing?
I’m very into yoga and running, and I love doing active things that can keep my mind and body challenged, but also I’m at my most happiest when I’m chilling with my cat and husband Sam, watching Netflix with a glass of wine. Simple pleasures!
7. Any musical quotes you love or pearls of musical wisdom you pass onto students?
“ An amateur practices until they can get it right…a professional practices until they cannot get it wrong”…and one I tell myself “practice like a snail, play like a gazelle”.
8. What do you most like about Finchcocks?
The building and surrounding area is just stunning. There is a very special feeling you get when you drive up the path and see the house in the distance! The bedrooms are so beautiful too! Also, the chef Mark makes the most incredible food, and lets not forget the huge selection of excellent pianos to chose from!
9. What are you looking forward to in our 2022 programme?
The Charlotte Tomlinson ‘Beyond Stage Fright’ course and Warren Mailey-Smith’s Chopin course, as I’ve had the opportunity to have lessons with both tutors and they are incredibly supportive. All the courses look amazing, its so hard to choose!
10. Mostly importantly, red or white?