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Recitalist, accompanist, chamber musician. Oxford graduate studying piano at the Royal Northern College of Music.

George is studying for a master's degree in piano performance at the Royal Northern College of Music. His studies with Helen Krizos are supported generously an Oglesby scholarship as well as awards from Help Musicians UK and the Countess of Munster Trust. Since he started studying piano with Sam Armstrong at the Junior Department of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, he has enjoyed increasing success and recognition. In October 2017 he he performed Beethoven's third piano concerto in Oxford, to unanimously positive reviews. Competitive highlights include reaching the second round of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2013. In April 2015 joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as orchestral pianist, playing Percy Grainger's The Warriors at The Sage Gateshead and The Royal Festival Hall. This included a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3. One month previously he made his London concerto debut with Saint-Saens’ concerto No. 2 in G minor. In 2016 he passed his LRSM performance exam with distinction. At Junior Trinity he received numerous awards for piano. George graduated in 2018 with from Oxford University with first class honours in Music. Whilst at Oxford both he found ample opportunity to explore chamber music and accompaniment alongside his solo playing, resulting in a busy schedule of concerts and recitals. He has performed recitals at such venues as the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building and the Holywell Music Room. He has also been asked on numerous occasions by the offices of the University's Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor to play for functions recognizing donors and esteemed recently honoured academics, with his piano trio and as vocal accompanist. In addition, he has held répétiteurships with the St Peter's Opera Company - working especially closely on their 2016 production of Britten's Albert Herring - and the Oxford University Chorus. On two occasions he has joined the Ripieno Players of Oxford on harpsichord continuo. Despite maintaining such a high concentration of performance engagements he is still able to achieve high academic standards at Oxford, being named a 2016 Anjool Maldé scholar as a result of his preliminary examination marks that year, and overall contribution to college life. George has been privileged enough to have participated in lessons and masterclasses with such distinguished pianists and pedagogues as Lars Vogt, Katya Apekisheva, Philippe Cassard. He has also had chamber music coaching from Natalie Clein, the Villiers Quartet and David Takeno, and song coaching from Sholto Kynoch and Anna Tilbrook.

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Esther C, 8 months ago

George has a wonderful way of engaging with the audience, both in words and in music. He gave a lovely performance and was extremely professional in all aspects of the engagement.

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Claire S, 1 year ago

The Ripieno Players are the cream of the crop

The R, 3 years ago

George Needham also deserves mention for his sensitive and stylistic continuo-playing; ever-responsive to the subtle inflections of Nurse and Davies.

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