Among Graham's prizewinning students are:
Daniel Grimwood (born 1976)
studied at the Kent Music School before being awarded a
scholarship to The Purcell School in 1987 where he studied
piano under Graham Fitch; violin and viola under Sybil
Copland and Elspeth Iliff; and composition under the late
Tim Stevenson. In 1994/95 he studied with Vladimir Ovchinnikov
and later finished his education under the tuition of Peter
Feuchtwanger.He has since performed in most nations of
the EU, the USA, the Middle East, the former USSR, and
In 2000 Daniel was elected as a member of the ROYAL SOCIETY OF MUSICIANS OF
GREAT BRITAIN and, following a performance in the presence of HRH the Prince
of Wales to celebrate the Prince's honorary admission to the freedom of the
WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF MUSICIANS in 2003, Daniel was himself invited to be elected
to the Freedom of the Company and of the City of London.
Following the success of his recent recording of Russian Sonatas for SOMM Records
with his great friend the cellist Jamie Walton, he has recently recorded a
solo disc of works by Scriabin to great acclaim. Together with Walton he was
invited by Maestro Lorin Maazel to perform at the private theatre on his ranch
in Virginia, USA, in June 2005. He is also the first European musician to record
for a Chinese company, with a series of solo CDs for Foshan Tianyi Audio and
Visual Production in Guangzhou, China. Daniel will make the world premier recording
of the complete Sonatas of Algernon Ashton, the romantic British composer,
later this year.
James Baillieu, one of South
Africa’s top young pianists and accompanists graduated
with distinction and a class medal from the University
of Cape Town (UCT) in 2004. He studied piano under Graham
Fitch and François du Toit, and the clarinet under
Jimmy Reinders. Before enrolling at UCT he completed an
Individualised Programme of Study in piano and accompaniment
at Trinity College of Music, London. As a distinguished
music student at UCT he was awarded all the piano prizes.
He also won the first Laura Searle Piano Competition and
the Eric Chisholm Centenary Competition in Cape Town, as
well as the Rachmaninov Piano Competition at Stellenbosch
In 2004 he participated in the International Russian Music
Piano Competition in California at which as a laureate
he was awarded a scholarship to study in Vienna. At the
Vienna International Pianists Academy James was awarded
the Rosario Marciano prize for an eminent artistic personality.
James has received a full scholarship, the Avery Picker award, from the Royal
Academy of Music in London, where he is completing his postgraduate studies
with Michael Dussek, Malcolm Martineau and Kathryn Stott. James has won the
Flora Nielsen, Ludmilla Andrews, Major V Someren-Godfrey, Helen Eames and Brenda
Webb prizes at the Academy. He recently was a participant at the European Liedforum
in Berlin, and also attended the 2006 George Solti Accademmia di Bel Canto
in Italy working with Mirella Freni.
James was awarded the Elisa Fawcett award at the Royal
Overseas League Competition and the prestigious MBF accompanist’s
prize at the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, which took
place at the Wigmore Hall.
Kathleen Tagg is a South African
pianist based in New York City.
Since moving to New York
from Cape Town in 2001, pianist Kathleen Tagg has reveled
in the diversity and energy of New York's musical life.
Recent years have seen her performing often at New York’s
Carnegie Hall and venues such as Lincoln Center, the South
Orange Performing Arts Center Opening Gala, the Mexican
Cultural Institute in Washington D.C., Symphony Space and
the Goethe Institute.
Outside of the United States, Kathleen’s
activities include recitals all over South Africa as well
as performances in Finland, Austria, Portugal and Zimbabwe.
Concerto performances have been with the Cape Philharmonic
Orchestra, CAPAB Orchestra, Cape Baroque Ensemble and the
University of Cape Town Orchestra. With her interest in
new music, Kathleen has premiered more than twenty new
works, many written for her, including works for piano
Kathleen studied at the University of
Cape Town with Graham Fitch, Mannes College of Music, New
York, and the Manhattan School of Music. Kathleen teaches
at the Manhattan School of Music, and at Great Neck Conservatory
in Long Island.
This season includes the direction of
the New York South African Music Day, a 5-part celebration
of the music of South Africa in New York, including an
evening of all-US premieres of South African chamber music.
Other venues include performances at Lincoln Center, Merkin
Hall, Trinity Church Wall Street with flutist John Romeri,
a tour to mid America, South Street Seaport Cultural District
gallery and multiple solo and chamber music concerts in
Kathleen collaborates with musicians and
artists on a wide variety of instruments, and a wide array
of styles. She is an avid chamber musician and collaborative
pianist with an enormous repertoire, and has has also appeared
on recordings of South African and Angolan hip hop, folk
rock, gospel and pop music on piano, cello and keyboards.
She also has many arrangements to her credit, from string
quartet to works for six-voice choir.
She gratefully acknowledges
her current support from the Ernst Oppenheimer Memorial
Trust, and her previous support from the National Arts
Council of South Africa, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
the South African Music Rights Organisation and the New
York Performing Arts Foundation and scholarships from the
Manhattan School of Music, Mannes and the University of
Cape Town amongst others.
Gemma Webster studied at the Purcell School with Graham
FItch, then at the Royal College of Music, Royal
Northern college of Music and Sibelius Academy (Finland),
receiving generous financial support from the Tillett Trust, Musicians’ Benevolent
Fund, Kendall-Taylor Award (RCM), Pro Musica Ltd. Award (RCM), Tunnell Trust,
Ruth Hewitt Scholarship (RNCM), Else & Leonard Cross Trust (RNCM) and
the Favre-Gilly Foundation.
Gemma has performed at St. James’ Piccadilly, St. Martin-in the-field’s,
Buckingham Palace, Ribble Valley International Piano Festival, Rolston Hall
(Canada), Martinu Hall (Czech Republic), U.K. Music clubs (including Halifax
and the Universities of Sheffield, York, Lancaster, Cambridge and Oxford. Gemma
has performed Concerti by Chopin, Shostakovich, Schumann, Ravel and Franck
in the U.K. under Darrell Davison, David Blake and Martyn Brabbins (Lancaster
Competition prizes include 1st prize in the National Toshiba Chamber music
Awards, 1st prize in the National Derby Piano concerto competition and 1st
prize in RNCM’s
Gemma’s chamber music experience includes collaborations with Daniel
Bates (Gold Medal, Royal over-seas league competition) and Marie Macleod
prize winner, BBC Young Musicians).
Gemma has attended the Banff Centre (as a resident-Artist) and the International
Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove.
Berta Brozgul was born in Cape
Town, South Africa in 1989. Berta started piano lessons with
her mother at the age of 8 and also received tuition from
professor Graham Fitch at the University of Cape Town. She
took part in competitions in South Africa and won numerous
first prizes for piano as well as violin.
At the age of
12 the family moved to Australia, where Berta was awarded
a full scholarship to the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary
School. She has been a student of Dr. Donna Coleman, Head
of Keyboard at the VCA, ever since.
Berta has won several
prizes in Australia, including the inaugural Bill Borthwick
prize at the Dandenong Ranges Music Council and Salzer
Foundation award for the best junior
music student at the VCA.
was selected for the Master Program at the Australian National
Academy in 2003 where she took part in masterclasses by professors
Mamika Suda, Frank Wibaut and Max Olding. Berta has performed
as soloist and in chamber music ensembles at the VCA, Melbourne
Town Hall and Iwaki auditorium. She gave her debut Solo Recital
in the Federation Hall of the VCA in December 2004.