Born in England in 1967 and started taking piano lessons at the age of 8. Passed the highest Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Piano Examination, (Grade 8), at the age of 14 and spent the next 4 years preparing for Music College entry. During this time studied mainly the Classical Piano Repertoire, taking a one hour piano lesson every week, with the same piano teacher, for 10 years.
At the age of 18 was granted a place at the prestigious Leeds College of Music, which was the #1 college of music in the UK for the study of Jazz and Contemporary music. This was a practical music course as opposed to an academic course, majored in “Performance and Improvisation”.
Excelled at Music College and was awarded the highly coveted “Classical Piano Prize” at the end of his second year. At the end of his third year was awarded the College “Electronic Music Prize” for his pioneering work on Keyboards and the use of MIDI and Music Computers.
After graduating, worked for 3 years as a professional musician in England covering just about every area of musical performance. In 1991 began training as a classroom music teacher and was awarded his teachers certificate in 1993 after a 2 year classroom based “Licensed Teachers Course”.
Then went on to work as “Head of Faculty” at one of the best Private Preparatory Schools in England, teaching Classroom music to 6/13 year olds and individual piano lessons. Has maintained a successful, over subscribed, piano teaching studio since 1991, pausing only for the work he has done as a professional musician aboard cruise ships.
Worked for 5 years as a professional pianist on some of the finest Cruise Ships in the world. During his travels visited over 100 countries on all 7 Continents and worked with stars of the Stage and Screen as well as some of the worlds finest musicians, stars of Broadway, the West End and the Silver Screen.