Pianist Eleanor Hodgkinson divides her time between performing, teaching and writing. Solo recital work has taken her to North America, Denmark, Holland, Germany and France and 2020 saw the release of Volume 1 of the Complete Solo Piano Works of Nino Rota on the Naxos Grand Piano label. A versatile chamber musician, she has been part of numerous collaborations and given many premieres of British music by composers including Sadie Harrison and Deborah Pritchard, performing in all the major UK venues. Orchestral piano work with Mid-Wales Opera, Southern Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Swan and Nevill Holt Opera has included commissions, broadcasts, recordings and outreach work. Her piano ensemble Duo Volante, with the pianist Jakob Fichert, is known for its schools workshops, as well as exploring lesser-known composers and from 1999 to 2004 she was a member of the Elgin Piano Trio, performing to acclaim throughout the UK.

As a writer Eleanor has devised many education projects and in 2014 founded BabyGigs, a CIC specialising in concerts and events for under 5s and primary schools. The company is frequently commissioned for community projects and their musical story shows have featured in many UK festivals. She works as a freelance workshop leader for companies such as Carbon Theatre, Made with Many and Culture Leicestershire.

Eleanor studied piano at the Royal Northern College of Music with Renna Kellaway before specialising in piano accompaniment as a postgraduate student with Carole Presland. She was subsequently awarded a scholarship to study accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music with Malcolm Martinueau. Additional scholarships enabled her to attend IMS Prussia Cove and to undertake a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada with her piano trio in 2001. In 2013 Eleanor obtained an MA in Music Psychology from the University of Sheffield.

Eleanor is the Keyboard Coordinator at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music where she teaches piano and chamber music. She also holds the posts of Senior Lecturer in Piano at Leeds College of Music, Visiting Tutor in Piano at Royal Holloway, University of London and trainer and examiner for the ABRSM.

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