Oxford-based pianist Cecily Lock was born in The Netherlands to a German mother and an English father. She read Music at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, studied the piano at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and specialized in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
She has played with a large number of musicians, including singers Charlotte Margiono and Michael Chance and the Allegri String Quartet. As soloist she has performed with, amongst other orchestras, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jaap van Zweden, and the Chernigov Symphony Orchestra.
She has performed in a variety of settings, including concerts at the Holywell Music Room, the Concertgebouw, the Chipping Campden Music Festival, private events, conferences, and on a cruise ship. As a coach she has prepared and accompanied many students for concerts, university and music college examinations, music festivals such as the Abingdon Music Festival and Oxford Music Festival, ISM Pupils’ Concert, and opera performances. Her special interests include music by women composers and contemporary music. She has worked with several living composers including Robert Saxton and Bart Spaan and regularly plays for Scordatura: Women’s Music Collective.
Cecily is one of the staff répétiteurs of the Professional Opera Programme at La Roche D’Hys in France, artistic director of the Haydn Song Project, and has worked as German language coach for, amongst others, Signum and Hyperion Records, London. Between 2006 and 2015 she taught the piano to young children at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She currently works as Teacher of Music at the Dragon School and has a small number of private pupils, including students of the University of Oxford.
For more information please visit Cecily’s website http://www.cecilylock.com.