At present there are fifteen pianists in the School. They all receive two hours of tuition per week from their principal teacher, as well as participating in a class lesson and receiving a further hour from the assistant teacher.
In addition, all the string players receive one lesson per week from one of two supporting studies piano teachers.
Marcel Baudet is professor of piano at the Conservatory of msterdam. Since 2003 he also teaches piano at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School in Stoke d'Abernon (United Kingdom). From 1982 until 2011 he has been professor of piano at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague.
He studied piano, music theory and conducting at the Groningen Conservatory and, simultaneously, history at the Rijksuniversiteit in Groningen. His piano teachers were Johan van der Meer, Jan Kruijt and George van Renesse. Other teachers were Alfred Salten (orchestral conducting), Willem-Frederik Bon (orchestration) en Tristan Keuris (composition). As a teacher he has been mainly influenced by Vlado Perlemuter, Louis Kentner and György Sebök. During the seventies and early eighties he regularly performed both as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles. During that period he also worked as a pianist with the Noord-Hollands Philharmonic Orchestra. Apart from classical piano, he always had a special interest in jazz. He performed numerous times in Holland and abroad with his own jazz quintet, for which he composed and arranged the majority of its repertoire. Recently two of his piano works were published by the Dutch contemporary music publisher Donemus: "El Mestengo" (2008, revision 2012) and Study in C . In 1995 he won the national Buma/Stemra Award for film music with his composition 'Unisono'.
Marcel Baudet was on the board of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) and the Stichting Jong Muziektalent Nederland (SJMN) (Foundation for Young Music Talents). He wrote many articles for the Piano Bulletin. He is regularly invited to give international masterclasses and workshops (a.o. in London, Paris, New York, Moscow, St.Petersburg, Nizjni Novgorod, Tblisi and Oslo). Marcel Baudet has been a jury member in national and international piano competitions (Tblisi, 2005, Sydney Competition 2008, Fondation Boulanger 2010). As a result of working with young piano talents for many years, Marcel Baudet established the Young Pianist Foundation (YPF) in 1999 and has been its artistic director ever since. In this function he is organizing the YPF National Piano Competition and the YPF Jazz Piano Competition. Over the past 30 years his students often won prizes at national and international competitions. Since 2010, he teaches at the Summer Festival in Courchevel, currently held in Tignes,Vila-Seca, Spain. In 2012 he was member of the preselection jury (Paris) of the Sydney Competition and in the official jury of the Concorso Rina Sala Gallo (Monza), Italy. He is a jury member in the 12th "Rencontres Internationals des Jeunes Pianistes" 2014 (EPTA-Belgium W-B).
Prizewinner of the first European Piano Competition ‘Grand Prix Vlado Perlemuter’ in France and the Dinu Lipatti Piano Competition in Bucharest, Mariana Izman has been praised by the press for being a born story-teller (Albert Brüggen), combining a rare delicacy of touch with a remarkable intensity of feeling (Fran Gillespie) and for her ability to penetrate to the heart of the music with an artistry few are granted(Huib Ramaer). Based in Holland, she performed recitals in major venues such as Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), De Doelen (Rotterdam), Anton Philipszaal (The Hague), Philharmonie (Haarlem), Oosterpoort (Groningen), Vredenburg (Utrecht) and Vereeniging (Nijmegen). She played as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Residentie Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium and the Romanian National Radio Orchestra.
Her affinity with the music of Robert Schumann is beautifully rendered in her recordings of his major piano works including Kreisleriana, Davidsbundlertanze and Concert sans Orchestre, receiving outstanding critical acclaims. Her most recent CD includes the two piano sonatas by Sergei Rachmaninoff and has been called a great accomplishment by the European press. She has a profound connection with the great French composers at the turn of the XXth century, notably Debussy and Ravel, which she has performed in many European countries (including the Ravel Festival in Saint-Jean-de-Luz) and the Middle-East.
Her encompassing knowledge of many languages allows her to enjoy great works of literature. As an experienced lieder performer, she frequently presents programs interlaced with poetry and theatre. The notable collaboration with the Romanian actor Ion Caramitru brought her to perform in New York’s Lincoln Center, Boston, Paris and all over Romania. She also performed Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier in Rotterdam’s “de Doelen”, while Cesc Gelabert was dancing Gerhard Bohner’s famous choreography. Forthcoming concerts include Schubert’s Winterreise with the German baritone André Morsch and a programme of French songs performed on an Erard Grand Piano (1896) in Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.
Mariana Izman regularly appears in various chamber music concerts. She played with violinists Vesko Eschkenazy and Tjeerd Top (both concertmasters of the Concertgebouw Orchestra), the Lendvai String Trio and the Amsterdam String Quartet. Recently performed works were violin sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, Szymanowski and Franck, Schumann's Piano Quintet and Piano Quartets by Brahms and Dvorak. This year she will play various chamber music programmes, e.g. with cellist Charles Watt in the Britten Festival in Holland, performing works by Benjamin Britten and his teacher Frank Bridge. As part of a piano duo with pianist and conductor Pieter-Jelle de Boer, she won the "Vriendenkrans" Competition of the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and performed during the famous outdoor Prinsengracht Concert in Amsterdam, attended by 20.000 people.
Mariana Izman was born and raised in Moldova and started her music education at the age of six. At 18 she moved to Holland to continue her studies at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. She studied with Prof. Marcel Baudet and graduated with honors in 2002. She also received coaching from renowned musicians such as Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Mitsuko Uchida and Richard Goode. In 2010 she joined the piano faculty at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School in England. She plays on a Steinway Grand Piano, kindly lent to her by the Dutch National Instrument Foundation.
Ruth Nye was invited to study in New York with Claudio Arrau after the Maestro heard her perform in Melbourne, Australia. A close friendship and musical relationship developed which included accompanying him on countless tours around the world and lasted until his death some thirty years later.
“I have the utmost admiration for Ruth's qualities and musical distinction. In my opinion Claudio Arrau was the greatest pianist I have ever heard.”
After her work with Arrau she made London her home and a full international performing career followed which included six recitals at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and five recitals at Wigmore Hall. Ruth was also one of two pianists selected by Arrau to play at the Beethoven bicentenary celebrations in Bonn in 1970. Her career took her to all continents except South America and included four performances of Beethoven concerti with Sir Malcolm Sargent and the first performance of Malcolm Williamson's 3rd Piano concerto.
Ruth has taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School since 1991 and was on staff at the Royal College of Music from 2001 until 2016.
In 2007 Ruth was awarded an MBE for her services to music education and in 2008 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. Her pupils have received The Chappell Medal at both the Royal Academy of Music (where Ruth was formally on staff) and the Royal College of Music, won the concerto competition multiple times at the Royal College of Music, won places in the Junior Tchaikovsky Competition (Japan), and the Bechstein competition (Berlin), been placed in the keyboard finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year (UK) and three have won solo Wigmore Hall recitals (Jaques Samuel Pianos competition).
'Ruthie' is regarded as an Arrau disciple, spreading his gospel. But that is only part of the story. She may impart his approach to technique and tone production, musical shaping and thought, but she is also great at observing her students’ innate personalities and keyboard possibilities, developing their individual talents purposefully.
Ruth's biography, 'A Life in Music Ruth Nye and the Arrau Heritage' is available on Amazon.https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Music-Ruth-Arrau-Heritage/dp/1781485534
Miho Kawashima - Piano Assistant
Born in Japan, Miho Kawashima began her studies with Ruth Nye in London, England in 1996, and in 2002 gained a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School.
Her numerous concerts include performances in Japan, Holland, Turkey, Estonia, France, Belgium, as well as prestigious venues within London, including the Royal Festival Hall, Fairfield Halls, St James’ Palace, St. John Smith's Square, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Steinway Hall. She has taken part in masterclasses with many renowned musicians including John Lill, the Beaux Arts Trio and Sir Colin Davis. In September 2006 she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where she continued her studies with Ruth Nye, graduating with an Honours BMus Degree in Performance. In 2013, she completed her Master studies at Universität Mozarteum in the class of Pavel Gililov. Concerts since include concerto performances in London and Germany, and a wide range of solo and chamber music concerts in the UK, Europe and Japan. Miho regularly performs as a violin and piano duo with her sister, Kana Kawashima, a fellow alumni of the Yehudi Menuhin School.
Mariko Brown - Supporting Study
Mariko Brown began her piano studies with Martyn Dyke, at the age of six, with whom she performed regularly including at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, as well as for many outreach community projects. She made her first concerto appearance age nine under Dr.Ruth Gipps, subsequently going on to study at the Guildhall School Junior Department with Professor Joan Havill where she won the prestigious Lutine Prize. This led to concerto appearances at the Barbican Hall and St.Giles Cripplegate as part of the City of London Festival. During this time she also took up composition with Gary Carpenter, receiving a prize for her Oboe Sonata. She was awarded the Principal’s Prize on graduation from the Junior Department and went on to continue her studies at the Senior Department, with both teachers and also Simon Bainbridge, graduating in 2000. Her Piano Sonata, commissioned and performed by Helen Reid, in 2004, was premiered at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
More recently her piece for piano four hands "Travels Through a Mist of Chinese Mountains", written for her duo with Julian Jacobson, has received critical acclaim. The duo, formed in 2011, has established itself as an ensemble of rare distinction, vitality and originality.
A dedicated and sought-after teacher, Mariko taught for many years at Junior Guildhall and currently teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin School.
Alexis White - Supporting Study
Alexis White studied at The Yehudi Menuhin School with Nikolai Demidenko and Ruth Nye, the Royal Northern College of Music with Renna Kellaway and the Eastman School of Music, USA with Barry Snyder.
The winner of many prestigious prizes and scholarships, most notably first prize in the 7th Noyers International Piano Competition in France, Alexis has given recitals and concerto performances throughout the UK and abroad. She has collaborated with many distinguished artists including Rafal Zambrzycki Payne, Guy Johnston, the Sacconi and Navarra Quartets and the Galliard Ensemble. Alexis has broadcast for Scottish Radio, Classic FM and Radio Suisse Romane and featured for several years as a Countess of Munster artist.
She has taught at Ampleforth College, Giggleswick School and was previously Head of Keyboard at Bradfield College, Berkshire and one of the staff pianists at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Alexis is currently Head of Keyboard at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London and teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey. She is also an examiner for the ABRSM.