Alison Bowring

In 1996, after winning the Cardiff University concerto trials and armed with the John Thomas Award for Postgraduate Study, Alison took an MA in Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. In 1998 she performed Pierrot Lunaire at the Edinburgh Fringe with the RWCMD Millennium ensemble under Julian Jacobson. She was subsequently invited to teach at RWCMD specialising in harmony and ear-training, a role that she continues to develop within the undergraduate Keyboard Musicianship module. Recent performing highlights include a recording for chamber ensemble of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges for a televised animation with Opera Mint.

Alison has a particular interest in the development of keyboard choreography which avoids injury while accelerating the learning process. This improves performance quality through the acquisition of a natural virtuoso technique. She is highly experienced in teaching blind pianists and students with dyslexia and dyspraxia, offering unconventional methods of practice to facilitate better keyboard geography, rhythmic perception and movement timing.

Several of her students have received top accolades in national piano competitions and 2016 saw unprecedented success at the National EPTA Piano Competition with a pupil aged 9 who won the competition outright. Applying her unique methods to ear-training and sight-reading has led to numerous awards and distinctions for her pupils in graded and diploma examinations. Without fail, each of Alison’s students aspiring to study music at Oxford or the UK’s top conservatoires has been offered a place, frequently with a scholarship.

Alison owes much to a three-year collaboration with esteemed Russian pedagogue Dr. Michael Schreider, who trained at the Moscow and St.Petersburg Conservatoires. She is in demand as a tutor, coaching teachers privately and giving seminars at events for Cardiff Music School, EPTA and the Suzuki method. Since 2016, her role expanded to include 'Practice Surgeries’ for undergraduate and postgraduate pianists requiring advanced problem-solving techniques; the following year she developed the new technical exam for BMus 2 pianists. Alison is currently working on a book outlining her unique approach to keyboard training.