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Mr Masayuki Tayama
Mr Masayuki Tayama

ARCM (Hons)
LGSM (Hons)
Instruments: Piano
Genre/Style(s): Classical
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced
Memberships: (verified) Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)


"We all get only one chance to learn an instrument for the first time. What and how we are first taught never leaves us. As a teacher, that responsibility is incalculable." - Masayuki Tayama

Masayuki Tayama's teaching innovations are a culmination of his own vast experience and his teachers’ influences. He combines acute attention to musical details with a particular technique of muscle relaxation for piano playing, adapted from Sumiko Mikimoto’s Method of Tone Production, Muscle Relaxation and Training, which he learned first-hand from Sumiko Mikimoto herself in Japan with her endorsement to teach it.

This enables students to develop a deep-rooted awareness of the individual muscles needed for playing and how to strengthen them specifically and individually. Used correctly, it will assist students in avoiding unnecessary tension and resultant pain and discomfort, teaching them how to use only the minimum physical effort required to create different colours and textures as the music requires. Using a variety of approaches, the aim is to increase students’ enjoyment of playing as well as stamina and ease.

For many years, Masayuki taught young pianists at Chetham's School of Music, a large number of his students going on to study at the country's best Conservatoires. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Elmitt Piano Academy, holding regular masterclasses and workshops, as well as a registered adjudicator for EPTA UK. In 2018, he was appointed a Principal Tutor for The Piano Teachers' Course UK, the country's leading professional development course for piano pedagogy.

An international performer with a busy schedule, highlights of Masayuki's career include a sell-out Wigmore Hall debut recital, performances at many of London's most prestigious concert venues, and concerto appearances across the country including works by Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Gershwin, Mozart, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Grieg, J.S. Bach, Saint-Saens, and Brahms.

Specialising in the music of Rachmaninov, he is in the midst of a project to perform and record all of the composer's solo works for piano, and his most recent release received a special recommendation from Record Geijutsu, Japan's most authoritative classical music magazine. His experience as a performer is a vital aspect of his teaching approach, allowing him to better prepare students for their own experiences and overcome any difficulties they may face along the way.

Contact Masayuki

Address: London
Greater London
Phone: 07768520352
Fee (30 minutes): £38.00
Fee (60 minutes): £75.00

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