Simon Ireson Biography
I was encouraged to commit to piano lessons from the age of six. Studying with Barbara Edwards throughout my childhood, I passed grade 8 during my A-levels. Whilst working towards my degree in Mathematics and Physics at the UEA, I acquired a small collection of piano pupils, several achieving exam success under my tutelage.

Post-university, I pursued a career in technology, but despite this non-musical occupation I never stopped playing the piano and, along with performing at some private functions, I continued to teach piano, as well as studying music at any available moment.

In 2008 I made the decision to make music my career. Resuming piano lessons, I obtained both the DipABRSM and ALCM in piano performance. Academically my studies were brought into focus when preparing a variety of classical music lecture/recitals for different community groups, something I thoroughly enjoy delivering. This focus led me to complete a Masters in Piano Performance course at the UEA and brought me under the instruction of the excellent
Christopher Green-Armytage. The culmination of these studies resulted in my obtaining the LRSM (piano performance) in June 2013. I continue to push myself on the piano and find that my teaching ensures that I keep on top of my own playing.

Recent performances at the Assembly Rooms in Norwich and the Fisher Theatre in Bungay have been well received and I continue to perform and accompany in and around Norwich. I was also lucky enough to perform Mendelssohn’s G-minor concerto in February 2013 with the support of the UEA symphony orchestra, something I will remember for the rest of my life. Additionally I continue to prepare and present lectures, including piano performances, on various classical music subjects. Most recently the topic was the life and work of Clara Schumann. I also enjoy meeting other pianists and am always on the lookout for future subjects for my
One Man One Piano project.