Melanie Spanswick is a pianist, writer, teacher and composer, who has authored best-selling books on many aspects of piano performance and pedagogy.
She is a member of the piano faculty at Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, an Honorary Master Teacher at the Tom Lee Academy in Hong Kong, a faculty member at First Education, which is based in Hong Kong and Macau, and she also teaches at Eton College.
Melanie studied Piano Performance at the Royal College of Music in London, where she won many prizes, graduating with a Master of Music Degree.
As a pianist, she has performed and broadcast worldwide, and has given recitals as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist at countless music festivals and major concert halls, giving concerts and recital tours in over ten countries. She has also broadcast on Classic FM, BBC Radio, CBC Radio and Spanish and Swedish television, as well as recording a disc for Opera Omnia at Wigmore Hall in London.
As an educator, Melanie has examined for the ABRSM, and she adjudicates for the British and International Federation of Festivals. She frequently hosts piano courses, master classes and workshops throughout the UK and abroad; most recently in Germany, the USA and the Far East.
As an author, Melanie is published by Schott Music, Faber Music and Alfred UK. Her three-book piano course, Play it again: PIANO, has become one of Schott’s best-selling series. And she is a regular contributor to Pianist magazine and Piano Professional (EPTA).
Her compositions have been featured on a variety of examination syllabuses and in various competition festivals, and publications, and, during 2021, she has written, compiled and annotated the Pre-Grade one syllabus for the London College of Music. Melanie is one of the few female composers to be published in the renowned Edition Schott Composer series.