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T e a c h i n g 

Q u o t e s 

"Jan is a fine artist, with the sensibility and intelligence to be an invaluable teacher.”

Howard Skempton, Composer (recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award 2005, and British Composer Award in 2005 & 2008)

“The students have noted the remarkable elegance and facility with which you were able to help them improve - from minute details of technique to larger elements of proper music-making and understanding. […] I was continually impressed by the dramatic changes students were able to make in a very short time, whether in technical skill, tangible sound of the instrument, or simply in the psychology of approach; this is a tribute to your adroit instruction."

Dr. Michael Slayton, Chair of Composition/Theory, Vanderbilt University

"I was highly impressed by the depth and preparation of Jan's teaching along with his refined musical ear, and the clear articulation of his ideas and suggestions. [...] In addition to being a high-calibre musician and teacher, he possesses an inquisitive mind, exemplary communications skills and a friendly personality."

Dr Luis Sanchez, Steinway Artist, Associate Professor of Piano, Texas A&M University

"He successfully engaged the students [...]. The masterclass that followed was excellent; he has wonderful

musical insights grounded in a thorough knowledge of style and performance practice, and very

practical advice with a very positive approach. He was exceedingly well-received by the students,

performers and observers alike."

Teresa de Jong Pombo, Piano Faculty, The Colburn School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles

"He has such breadth of knowledge that he shares with total focus, energy, commitment

and compassion. He treats each person on his/her merits, solidifying and encouraging each one's

strengths and finding the best and most efficient ways to assist with the areas that need attention."

Dr. Allison Brewster-Franzetti, Pianist and multiple Grammy-Award nominee

Information regarding courses at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire can be found here: 

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Information regarding studying at Junior Royal Birmingham Conservatoire can be found here:

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Please note that audition dates differ between these two departments: November at RBC (for entry in September the following year), and April at Junior RBC (for entry in September the same year)


If you would like to arrange a consultation lesson through RBC, please use this link

For private enquiries, please email me



If you think that your son would benefit from secondary education at one of the world's best boarding schools, please have a look at the Radley Foundation. The means-tested and merit-based funded places scheme currently supports 120 boys.


If you would like to make enquiries, please contact the Music Admin team here in the first instance.

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