Sue has been involved in music education for over 30 years, as a Head of Music in Secondary school and as a teacher of piano. A graduate of the University of Birmingham, she studied piano and trumpet at the Birmingham Conservatoire and was Musical Director of The University Chamber Orchestra. As a professional accompanist Sue has performed in the UK and abroad and also worked as an examiner for the ABRSM for five years. She has taught piano at the University of Warwick since 1999 in both the Institute of Education and the Music Centre.
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Jan Loeffler’s career as a soloist, chamber musician, collaborative pianist and pedagogue has so far taken him to Hungary (where a piano recital of works by Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin was partly recorded for Hungarian television), Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, Ireland, the USA and China, where he performed at venues such as the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Cheltenham Town Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, Sheldonian Theatre Oxford, Wilton’s Music Hall London, Regent Hall London, Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal, Great Hall of the Erholungshaus der Bayer AG Leverkusen, and the Guotai Arts Centre Chongqing.
Critically acclaimed appearances with the Camerata Europeana, Philharmonie Heidelberg, Helios Chamber Orchestra et al include piano concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms, under the batons of Radoslaw Szulc, Owen Leech, Jürgen Weisser, et al.
Jan has collaborated with chamber music partners including members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Singers, Staatskapelle Weimar, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Metro Opera, Camerata Ireland, Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, among others, as well as the New-York-based Grammy-Award-nominee, Allison Brewster-Franzetti.
Jan has been teaching his class of first-study pianists at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire since 2013, where he also serves as the Piano Department Coordinator, piano tutor and chamber music coach in the Junior Conservatoire division, as well as at Radley College, Abingdon/ Oxford. He is an External Examiner for Leeds Conservatoire. Many of his students have won prizes and awards, both nationally and internationally.
Former students have been accepted onto doctoral programmes and into prestigious institutions, such as the University of Michigan (under the tutelage of Prof. Martin Katz), the Liszt Academy in Budapest (under the tutelage of the Head of Keyboard Instruments, Kálmán Drafi), Ball State University (under the tutelage of Prof. Robert Palmer), as well as having attended the Music Academy of the West as vocal piano fellow.
Jan Loeffler obtained a Performance Diploma and an Instrumental Pedagogy Diploma from the Musikhochschule Würzburg, Germany, where he studied with Prof. Silke-Thora Matthies, and a Master of Performance & Research degree from the Royal Academy of Music London under Ian Fountain.