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Pianist Cecily Lock was born in The Netherlands to a German mother and an English father. She especially enjoys working with singers, but also regularly appears on stage as soloist and with other instrumentalists. She currently lives in Oxford where she works as Teacher of Music at the Dragon School.

 

Cecily graduated with a degree in music from St. Hilda's College, Oxford in 2004, then with a degree in piano from the Amsterdam Conservatory in 2009. At the University of Oxford she received a starred First in both public examinations for her solo performance. She was Music Scholar of St. Hilda's College and awarded the Hester Murray Naish Exhibition for her academic work in music. She was also a Scholar of the John Conway Foundation and in 2001 won the Oxford University Music Society Solo Performers' Competition.

 

In 2012 Cecily completed her postgraduate studies in piano accompaniment (MA, with Distinction) with Julius Drake and Malcolm Martineau at the Royal Academy of Music in London. At the Academy she won the Elena Gerhardt Accompanist Prize and, together with countertenor Leo Tomita, the Sir Arthur Bliss Prize for the performance of 20th-century British song. She was also the recipient of the Elsie Prater award, and a member of the RAM's song circle.

 

Cecily has performed at the Duke's Hall, London, the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, at the Maison Erard, Amsterdam (with soprano Charlotte Margiono), and at St. Steven's Church, Notting Hill (with countertenor Michael Chance). She has also played Dvorak's piano quintet with the Allegri String Quartet; Kabalewsky's 3rd piano concerto with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; Juriaan Andriessen's Concertino with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jaap van Zweden; and Bach's Keyboard Concerto in F minor with the Chernigov Symphony Orchestra in Kiev.

 

Cecily is one of the staff répétiteurs of the Professional Opera Programme at La Roche D'Hys. She is also artistic director of the Haydn Song Project, and has recently worked as vocal language coach for Hyperion Records, London.

 

Cecily is a dedicated teacher. Between 2006 and 2015 she taught the piano to young children at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

 

She is very grateful for the support of the Fonds Podiumkunsten, the Friends of the Royal Academy of Music, the Derek Hill Trust and the Music Students' Hostel Trust.