Melanie Spanswick is a British pianist, author, writer, teacher, adjudicator, arranger, and composer. She studied at the Royal College of Music in London where she won many prizes and graduated with a Master’s degree in Performance Studies.
As an educator, Melanie has examined for the ABRSM and she adjudicates for the British and International Federation of Festivals, frequently giving master classes, workshops and presentations throughout the UK and abroad, most recently in Germany, the USA and the Far East. She has held teaching posts at various institutions, regularly tutoring courses at Jackdaws Music Education Trust, presenting workshops for EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association), and for the Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy, held at the Yehudi Menuhin School. In 2018, Melanie joined the faculty of PIANO WEEK, an international touring Summer school and festival.
As a pianist, she has performed and broadcast worldwide, and has given recitals as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist at many music festivals and major concert halls. Melanie has made a solo recording at Wigmore Hall (for Opera Omnia), and has performed for the Queen Mother and Queen of Denmark. She has also broadcast on Classic FM, BBC Radio and Swedish and Spanish TV.
As a writer and composer, she continues to be published by major publishing houses: Schott, Faber and Alfred. Melanie recently selected the repertoire for the Faber Music Piano Anthology (Faber Music) and her piano guidebook, So You Want To Play The Piano? (Alfred Music) has received much acclaim. Her piano course, Play it again: PIANO (Schott Music), published in 2017, has been an international success, and subsequent publications as part of this series will be released during 2018/19. Melanie has made several extensive tours to Southeast Asia, including giving a presentation at the 2017 UCSI University Piano Pedagogy conference in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). In 2018/19, she will tour Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Melanie is a regular contributor to Pianist magazine and Piano Professional (EPTA), and her piano compositions have been featured on various piano syllabuses and in publications around the world.