Mark Tanner

piano tutor

Based in
Taunton, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Taunton (Somerset) and St Ives (Cornwall)

Rates: POA

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Mark Tanner was born in Bristol in 1963. His first solo appearance at Bristol’s Colston Hall, described as “intrepid” by the Bristol Evening Post, came at the age of 13, and shortly after he appeared on BBC TV, playing Liszt. He studied piano with Gwyn Pritchard, Geoffrey Buckley, Philip Martin and Richard McMahon, gaining his PhD from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 1999. He has appeared in many of Britain’s most favoured recital halls, including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and St John’s Smith Square in London as well as a number of educational establishments including the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, London, Edinburgh, Napier, Aberdeen, the RWCMD, Birmingham Conservatoire and recently at Chethams International Summer School for Pianists. He also appeared at St George’s Bristol with duo partner Allan Schiller as part of the Mozart 250 celebrations. For a number of years Mark has been a popular recitalist on cruise liners around the globe. He has broadcast several premières live on BBC Radio 3 and his recordings have attracted consistently high critical acclaim. Of his York Bowen CD, Bryce Morrison of Gramophone wrote in June 2008 “Most pianists would give an arm and a leg, or at least a finger, to achieve his sumptuous sonority and seamless legato…such enviable breadth and poetic commitment”. His especial interest in British music has led to commissions from a number of revered composers including John McLeod, Philip Martin, Graham Lynch, Paul ‘Harry’ Harris, Colin Decio, Frederick Stocken and Andrew Wilson-Dickson. Mark is music critic for a number of prominent journals, including International Record Review, Classical Music, Musical Opinion, International Piano and Piano Professional. He has published scholarly articles in the USA and UK, including 19th Century Music and the Liszt Society Journal, and edited contemporary music scores for Maecenas Music and Griffin Music. He is an international examiner of grades and diplomas for the ABRSM, having undertaken six tours to Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, New Zealand, USA, Canada, N. Ireland and Cyprus, with imminent tours to Sri Lanka and Switzerland. He adjudicates festivals for the British and International Federation of Festivals, twice judged the EPTA Piano Competition and has given many lectures on a diverse range of subjects, as well as masterclasses in the UK, Amsterdam and mainland China. For sixteen years he was Assistant Director of Music at Taunton School in Somerset. Mark Tanner is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an active member of Mensa. He divides his time unequally between Cornwall, Somerset and the rest of the world. Hobbies include eating and sleeping.


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


I normally teach in two-hour lessons and am away working for a fair chunk of the year, so my best service is for those who can pretty well take care of themselves for much of the time. One-off sessions and consultations for pre-college/university entrance is also available. Adult beginners/resumers welcome, too.

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