Warren Mailley Smith
Penelope Roskell combines an international performing career with a post as Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she also teaches the piano pedagogy class. She has performed as soloist at major concert halls throughout Britain, including the Barbican Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room. She has also travelled widely throughout the world, playing in over thirty countries in Western and Eastern Europe, the United States, Africa, Asia, and the Middle and Far East. She plays and teaches a very wide range of repertoire. Her first prize at the British Contemporary Piano Competition resulted in numerous invitations to festivals of contemporary music, including eight recitals in Hans Werner Henze’s festivals in Montepulciano and Munich. Her performances of Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Shostakovich have been particularly acclaimed. She has played Mozart Concertos with numerous orchestras, including the London Mozart Players and Daniel Harding at the Barbican Concert Hall and on tour with Sir Simon Rattle. She has also played both Shostakovich Concertos in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Docklands Sinfonietta. She is also a committed chamber musician and has performed with many distinguished artists. Over the last twelve to fifteen years she has played piano quintets regularly with the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, and plays in the Roskell Piano Trio with the violinist and cellist from the quartet. She has been a jury member on major piano competitions, including the BBC Young Musician of the Year.
Penelope Roskell frequently gives masterclasses at couses including Dartington and Chethams Summer Schools, and her Advanced London Piano Courses. She has a special expertise in the field of piano technique and in dealing with physical tension and injuries. She is a practitioner and the piano trainer for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine. Her book on all aspects of piano playing, including holistic piano technique, will be available shortly in print and digital version, published by Edition Peters.
Practising Yoga is a wonderful way to develop a calm and positive approach to all aspects of your life – work, family and leisure activities. Its unique combination of postures, breathing techniques and relaxation have made it a popular choice for improving mental and physical health.
Izzy began to practise Hatha Yoga as a teenager and it became part of her life. She qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga and maintains her skills through regular professional development and training. She sings with two choirs and also enjoys running.
She has worked with internationally known Yoga teachers Peter Blackaby and Zoe Knott and draws on her experience of working with many different influences to lead group and individual sessions for all ages. She is able to adapt the principles of Yoga for workplace and leisure groups, individuals with specific health challenges, musicians and has also worked with cyclists and the Ipswich Tri-Yoga group to build strength, resilience and flexibility.
Izzy is also a qualified Coach and Mentor with the Chartered Management Institute.