Keyboard & Collaborative Piano Lecturer
Heather Slade-Lipkin’s performing career encompasses a diversity of roles as soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, continuo player, repetiteur, choral trainer, conductor, examiner and adjudicator. Aged 12 she made her concerto debut with Mozart’s Concerto in A major and Bach’s D minor Concerto to critical acclaim. She gained her ARCM performer’s diploma whilst still at school and by the age of 16 she had also won 1st prize in the National Piano Competition.
As a result, she came to the attention of the celebrated piano professor Gordon Green, (who had studied with Egon Petri), with whom she then studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. She also studied collaborative piano with Clifton Helliwell and later won scholarships to study with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert in Paris. On graduation she was appointed to the RNCM staff as a piano lecturer, official college collaborative pianist and repetiteur and was in addition appointed visiting professor of piano at Chetham’s School of Music in 1970 where she taught for 32 years. Heather also has an MMus with distinction from the University of Edinburgh.
Building on her earlier success in the National Piano Competition, she won 1st Prize in the 1974 National Harpsichord Competition and, in addition to her critically acclaimed London debut at the Purcell Room, gained universal recognition as a finalist in the 1978 Paris International Fortepiano Competition. Selection by both the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the Worshipful Company of Musicians to appear in their recitals for Outstanding Artists followed and she went on to perform extensively as a soloist in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the United States. In addition, she was invited to appear as a soloist with the CBSO under Sir Simon Rattle and has featured in various radio and television programmes for the BBC.
Heather Slade-Lipkin’s contribution as a piano professor is world renowned and a number of her former students are now regarded as international virtuosi. Her disciples have won major awards at International Piano Competitions such as 1st prize at the Naumberg International Competition, 1st prize in the 9th International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, 2nd prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition, 1st prize in the Bellini International Piano Competition in Italy, Gold Medal in the International Liszt Competition in Hungary, 2nd prize in the Incontro Internazionale Giovanni Pianisti di Senigallia in Italy, 2nd prize in the Internazionale Pianisti di Marsala in Sicily, 2nd prize in the Texas International Competition in USA and two Education Awards in the World Piano Competition.
Nationally, Heather Slade-Lipkin has taught an outright BBC Young Musician of the Year winner in addition to many first prize winners in the piano section, 1st prizes in the Audi Musician of the Year, three winners of the Julius Isserlis Prize, a winner of the Christopher Duke Award, the winner of the LPO/Pioneer prize and also winners of the Bromsgrove International Piano Competition and the Dudley International Young Musicians Platform.
Heather’s extensive repertoire spans the 16th to 21st centuries and is reflected in her critically acclaimed commercial recordings which include on piano: Contrasts with mezzosoprano Marilena Zlatanou, and on harpsichord: Jean-Philippe Rameau: The Second Book of Pièces de Clavecin and Les Oeuvres de Louis Couperin a 4-CD set.
Heather Slade-Lipkin is currently on the Keyboard Faculty of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and St Mary’s Specialist Music School in Edinburgh. She is often invited to give masterclasses, consultation lessons and prize adjudications at national and international competitions.
Her Telegraph and Guardian reviews include, ‘ she has complete mastery of her instrument’ and “has splendid playing” , and ‘her playing is both fluent and eloquent’, also “she plays with scintillating virtuosity, jewelled glitter and harmonic integrity”.