Biography

Detailed Biography, April 2012

Pianist Cecily Lock was born in Leiden (The Netherlands). She grew up and attended schools in England, The Netherlands and Germany. Cecily especially enjoys working with singers. She also regularly appears on stage as soloist and with other instrumentalists.

In 2004 Cecily graduated from St. Hilda's College, Oxford, with a BA in music. In both public examinations she received a starred First for her solo performance. She was elected 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 2009 Cecily graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Amsterdam Conservatory where she studied the piano with Marjès Benoist and Mila Baslawskaja. In her final recital she performed, among other works, Haydn's piano concerto in G major, together with Johannes Leertouwer and students of the conservatory. 

She has performed 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.

She is also committed to the performance of contemporary music and has played works by, amongst others, Robert Saxton, Anthony Powers and Bart Spaan.

Working with Singers

Cecily is particularly interested in the study and performance of art song and recently completed her postgraduate studies in piano accompaniment (Master of Arts, with Distinction) with Julius Drake and Malcolm Martineau at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In December 2010 Cecily was highly commended in an English song competition at the Royal Academy of Music. In February 2011, together with countertenor Leo Tomita, she won the Sir Arthur Bliss Prize for the performance of 20th-century British song. In June 2011 she won the Elena Gerhardt Accompanist Prize.

In the summer of 2009 Cecily was an active participant at the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien (Austria), working on the interpretation of German Lied with Julius Drake, Rudolf Jansen, Robert Holl, Helmut Deutsch, Wolfram Rieger, and others. In 2009 and 2010 she participated in Lied master classes in The Netherlands with Rudolf Jansen, Udo Reinemann, Christianne Stotijn and Joseph Breinl. She has also worked on song repertoire with Graham Johnson, Andrew West, Roger Vignoles and Michael Dussek.

Cecily has had the privilege to work with a large number of inspiring singers. She regularly collaborates with soprano Lore Binon and mezzo-soprano Yvonne Kok, and has performed in concert with such experienced singers as soprano Charlotte Margiono and countertenor Michael Chance.

She currently accompanies English mezzo-soprano Sarah Walker’s singing lessons at the Royal Academy of Music and has also played for such singing teachers and coaches as Michael Chance, Ryland Davies, Glenville Hargreaves, Florence Daguerre de Hureaux, Richard Stokes, Valerie Guillorit, Adrienne West, Lucienne Bouwman, Sasha Hunnego, Olthea Radu, Gabriele Natrop, Pierre Mak, Jennifer Dakin, Elizabeth Richie, Alexander Oliver, Mary Hill and Audrey Highland.

Cecily has played for opera scenes rehearsals and with choirs, including the Residentiekoor, Den Haag, and the Kamerkoor Akkoord Leiden, The Netherlands.