iain laks

BMus(Hons) PGDip(RCM) FRSM

I was born in Vancouver and grew up in rural Michigan.  As a teenager, I moved to the UK and completed secondary school. I studied piano performance at Birmingham Conservatoire with Simon Nicholls, and at the Royal College of Music with Gordon Fergus-Thompson.  During my studies, I have played in masterclasses for many well-known pianists, including Daniel Hoexter, Vanessa Latarche, Vladimir Tropp, Bryce Morrison, Andrew Zolinsky, David Quigley, Murray Machlachlan, and Orit Wolf.

 

While at Birmingham Conservatoire, I recorded live for the 'Discovering Music' programme on BBC Radio 3, playing Bach on both harpsichord and modern piano.  I also participated in an event organised by well-known British pianist and broadcaster David Owen-Norris in which myself and 7 other pianists performed his 'Revolutionary Etude', an arrangement of Chopin's Op.10/12 Etude Revolutionary for 4 pianos and 16 hands.

 

My relationship with composition is a budding one; while I dabbled very lightly in my teens and twenties, I am a late arrival, having pursued it more seriously a few years ago.

I work as an ABRSM grade examiner and currently live in London with my wife and two daughters.