We are very lucky to have two exceptional concert pianists/teachers who assist Richard Meyrick with the massive job of teaching Pianoman scholars at his London studio and our new Centre in Northern Ireland.
Gabriele Baldocci, Assistant Teacher and Performer
Gabriele Baldocci, pianist, conductor and professor of piano at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, was born in Livorno, Italy. He has given concerts in world-famous venues such as Tonhalle in Zurich, Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires and many others. Gabriele has played for many important music festivals and his recordings are distributed worldwide by Dynamic, Arts and Stradivarius. He is official Ambassador, Performer and Professor for the Martha Argerich Presents Project and he frequently plays in duos, trios and quintets. For many years he has formed a duo with Martha Argerich. Gabriele has won prizes at several important piano competitions: "Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition" and "Martha Argerich Piano Competition". Very active as a teacher, he is regularly invited to give Masterclasses in top Universities and many of his students win prizes in major piano competitions. Gabriele is is also a gifted filmmaker and lives in London with his family.
Veronika Ilinskaya, Associate Teacher and Performer
Head of Northern Ireland Centre
Veronika Ilinskaya was born in Moscow and studied at the Central Music School of Moscow Conservatoire, London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Mannes College of Music in New York. Veronika owes her music knowledge to Professor and mentor Joan Havill, with whom she studied intensively at Guildhall. She is also grateful for the inspiring coaching of Menahem Pressler, with whom she took many classes from 2002 in the US, France and the UK. Veronika has performed in London at the Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall and St Martin in the Fields, The Lincoln Centre, New York and venues in Moscow, Vancouver, Dubai, Beiruit, Paris and Beijing. She has performed in the presence of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. Concerto appearances include playing with the CBSO (with whom she has recorded Scriabin’s Piano Concerto for Landor Records). She revived the Medtner Piano Concerto No. 3, unheard since 1946 under conductor Maxime Tortelier. Veronika has won numerous prizes in piano competitions around the world. She is an official Steinway artist and is a familiar face to Pianoman scholars as a member of the teaching staff on many of our residential courses. Current and former scholars have been inspired by her virtuosity and excellent teaching.