Caroline Tyler, Pianist: Biography

Award-winning concert pianist Caroline Tyler has performed at many prestigious venues including the Barbican Hall in London, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham and the Martinu Concert Hall in Prague.

Caroline is a solo artist with Piha International and the Concordia Foundation of London

She has given concerts and masterclasses in Istanbul at Robert College Theatre and the chapel of the Dutch Embassy, performed at the auditorium of the Victoria Rooms in Bristol, and at Painters' Hall, London, for the Lord Mayor of London and special guests. Caroline has also regularly performed in concerts for Ensemble Reza. Most recently she has collaborated with soprano Alexandra Saunders, who performs the vocal music for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and they have produced their first CD together. 

Within music education, Caroline is an adjudicator for the British & International Federation of Festivals, and an examiner for ABRSM. 
Caroline has also given concert performances for Cunard Line, including three lecture-recitals aboard Queen Mary II in the 1,094-seat Royal Court Theatre  during the New York-Southampton transatlantic voyage. 

During her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Caroline represented the Guildhall in the intercollegiate Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize, competing against candidates from the Royal College, Royal Academy and Royal Northern music colleges, Oxford and Cambridge universities. As a result of winning first prize, she gave a number of solo recitals in cities throughout the UK and has since been invited back to many of these venues. 

Caroline made her concerto debut in 2006, playing her favourite Beethoven Concerto, no. 1 in C major, with the Mid-Sussex Sinfonia. In 2007 Caroline won the national Christopher Duke Piano Recital Competition, and was invited to play at several different venues by music promoters who heard her performance. In June of the same year, she won the international Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust Competition, leading to concerts in Prague at the British Embassy and Prague Academy of Performing Arts. She also competed in the Norah Sande Award piano competition in Eastbourne, winning the top prize of £3,000 and further concert engagements. The following years saw Caroline performing at venues in London including the Bishopsgate Institute, St James' Piccadilly and St Martin-In-The-Fields, and at various music societies around the UK. 
As well as performing many virtuosic  arrangements, 
including the Bach-Rachmaninoff Suite from Violin Partita in E and the Bach-Busoni Chaconne, Caroline also performs her own arrangements. Her work in this area includes arrangements of violin music by Bach and symphonic music by Brahms. 

Caroline started playing the piano at the age of five, giving her first public performance aged nine. Shortly after this, she enjoyed success in local concerts and competitions, as well as becoming interested in composition and creating music for concert performance and theatre productions. In 2001 Caroline won a place at The Guildhall School Of Music And Drama, London, to study with Senior Professor of Piano, Joan Havill. She graduated with first-class honours in 2005, adding a postgraduate Masters degree with Distinction in 2007.

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