Grades 6-7

Mark Tanner is greatly to be congratulated on

such a valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

Mark Tanner is greatly to be congratulated on

such a valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

A RECENT PIANO RECITAL AT WIGMORE HALL, LONDON, IN WHICH MARK PERFORMED PREMIERES BY SIX COMPOSERS: (left to right)

COLIN DECIO, PHILIP MARTIN, MARK TANNER, PAUL 'HARRY' HARRIS,

JOHN MCLEOD, GRAHAM LYNCH

A RECENT PIANO RECITAL AT WIGMORE HALL, LONDON, IN WHICH MARK PERFORMED PREMIERES BY SIX COMPOSERS: (left to right)

COLIN DECIO, PHILIP MARTIN, MARK TANNER, PAUL 'HARRY' HARRIS,

JOHN MCLEOD, GRAHAM LYNCH

A RECENT PIANO RECITAL AT WIGMORE HALL, LONDON, IN WHICH MARK PERFORMED PREMIERES BY SIX COMPOSERS: (left to right)

COLIN DECIO, PHILIP MARTIN, MARK TANNER, PAUL 'HARRY' HARRIS,

JOHN MCLEOD, GRAHAM LYNCH

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

"A valuable contribution to the repertoire.”

EPTA PIANO PROFESSIONAL, 2012

TEACHER & LECTURER

ABOUT MARK

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MARK TANNER PH.D HON.BC MA FTCL FRSA

Mark Tanner teaches advanced pianists at his Tudor cottage in Taunton, Somerset. He is one of the West Country's most revered teachers. Students wishing to take diploma or higher-grade examinations, or perhaps prepare for a recital etc., benefit from highly convivial surroundings in this peaceful rural location (just 3 minutes from the M5, J.25).

A number of established piano teachers from all over the country have benefitted from consultation sessions with Mark. Mark's students play on an exquisite Steinway model B piano (ex Q.E.2 concert grand), which has been completely renovated to the highest standards by the Bristol Piano Company. Lessons are tailored to suit the particular student's aspirations (ages have ranged from 14 to 80) and can accommodate jazz, or a variety of alternative teaching techniques. Students sometimes elect to attend fortnightly, or even monthly, since the repertoire undergoing study will benefit from considerable thoughtful practice.

In recent times, Mark's students have gained first and second prizes in national competitions, including the EPTA U18 piano and composition competitions. Several have gained their DIPABRSM, LRSM, LTCL and LLCM diplomas (indeed Mark is an international examiner of diplomas for ABRSM) and have progressed to study at conservatoires and universities at home and abroad.

Mark also has considerable experience of teaching school age students, having relinquished the post of Assistant Director of Music at Taunton School, Somerset in 2003, where he worked for some sixteen years. during this time he taught the lead singer from the Grammy award winning group, Coldplay, Chris Martin, who fondly recalls his formative period with mark in a recently published biography:

"His teacher, Mark Tanner, held progressive views; he wholly approved of pop music, and his doing so changed chris's life. He dismissed the idea that you had to be some kind of miniature Mozart to enjoy music. 'He bought these Yamaha keyboards for the school,' recalled Chris. 'They were very easy to work with; everyone could have a go. you could play with one finger and have a tune, so we did."

For five years, Mark was a lecturer in piano and composition at University College, Falmouth. For many years he taught adult music appreciation courses at Dillington House in Somerset, Maryland College in Woburn and Farncombe Estate in Gloucestershire. His highly popular Summer School for pianists at Jackdaws in Frome has become one of the landmarks of the year, and since 2013 he has been teaching at the Chetham's International SummerSchool for Pianists.

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