We offer specialist training to young musicians between the ages of eight and 18 with exceptional potential, and the ability to achieve that potential. Even absolute beginners as young as four years old can study with us through our Young Strings Project. We train young musicians to a level where they could gain a place at a senior conservatoire or music college and we offer preparation for the Associated Board exams to grade eight and diploma levels
Lauren Zhang, FTCL(piano), LRSM (piano), LTCL (violin):
Lauren is 13 years old. She began her piano lessons with Madeline Ignazito in the USA when she was four, and started to learn violin with Terry Coulton when she was six years’ old. Lauren joined the Junior Conservatoire in 2010, and currently studies piano with Dr Robert Markham, and violin with Sam Mason. She has enjoyed musical guidance under Madeline Ignazito, Terry Coulton, Kenneth Hamilton, Rebecca Omordia, Lan Mi and Yuqing Shen.
Lauren achieved distinction in the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music exam in piano performance, and the Licentiate of Trinity College London in violin performance, respectively, at the age of 12. She achieved the fellowship of Trinity College London in Piano recital at the age of 13.
Lauren has won many classes at local, regional and national festivals and competitions. She was also the 1st prize winner of the International Young pianist of North Competition for the 11 and under category in 2013. She won the first prize of the European Piano Teacher Association (UK) in the 15 years and under category in 2015. She won the 3rd place of Beethoven Intercollegiate Junior Piano Competition in Austria Forum in 2015.
Recently Lauren was awarded the First prize of the prestigious Emanuel Piano Trophy which is open to the winner of the top senior piano award at any Music Festival held in the previous year. The competition was adjudicated by Christopher Elton (Professor Emeritus of the Royal Academy of Music), who said of her performance of Ravel: