Eleanor Hodgkinson

Biography

Job Title: Senior Lecturer

Courses Taught: BA (Hons) Classical, MA Music

Specialisms: Classical piano, chamber music, accompaniment

Eleanor Hodgkinson is an acclaimed pianist and chamber musician and divides her time between performing, teaching and writing.

A versatile performer, Eleanor has been part of numerous multi-arts collaborations and given many premieres of British music. Solo recital work has taken her to North America, Denmark, Holland, Germany and France and she has regular partnerships with the Villiers Quartet, and musicians such as Lisa Nelsen, Nick Stringfellow and Jakob Fichert. Orchestral piano work has led to frequent engagements with Mid-Wales Opera, Southern Sinfonia and Orchestra of the Swan including commissions, broadcasts, recordings and outreach work. As a writer Eleanor has devised many education projects and 2014 saw the launch of BabyGigs, a Leicestershire-based company which presents concerts for babies and preschoolers alongside workshops in primary schools.

An award-winning student, Eleanor studied piano at the Royal Northern College of Music with Renna Kellaway before specialising in piano accompaniment as a postgraduate student with Carole Presland. Subsequently, she was awarded a scholarship to study piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music with Malcolm Martinueau, completing her studies in 1998. Additional scholarships enabled her to attend the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove and the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, where she undertook a residency with her piano trio in 2001. In 2013 Eleanor obtained an MA in Music Psychology from the University of Sheffield. Her dissertation, 'Can Improvisation Alleviate Performance Anxiety? An Exploration Amongst Musicians of Different Genres’, was awarded a Distinction and formed the basis of a chapter in New Thoughts on Piano Performance: Research at the Interface between Science and the Art of Piano Performance published by the London International Piano Symposium.

In great demand as a teacher, Eleanor is a Senior Lecturer in Piano at Leeds College of Music, Visiting Tutor in Piano at Royal Holloway, University of London and teaches piano and chamber music at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. She regularly gives masterclasses and talks at universities and schools. Eleanor is a trainer, examiner and piano syllabus consultant for the ABRSM. She is also a collaborative pianist at the Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham.

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