Advanced Piano Lessons

Challenge yourself with our series of advanced piano lessons, ideal for players Grade 6 and above. Topics include playing repeated notes, gaining speed, and how to avoid tension in your playing.

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Graham Fitch

Graham gives regular in-depth masterclasses inside each issue of PianistWhy not try out our FREE sample issue?

In our advanced lesson playlist above, he gives advice on:

✔ Double notes

✔ Trills

✔ Slow practice

✔ Singing tone

✔ Texture

✔ Loud and soft playing

✔ Legato pedalling

✔ Piano pedalling in Baroque and Classical piano repertoire

✔ Advanced piano pedalling techniques

✔ Lesson on the una corda and sostenuto pedals

✔ Forearm rotation

✔ Leaps and position changes

✔ Large stretches

✔ Polyrhythms

✔ Use of the thumb

✔ Chopin's Fioritura

✔ How to simplify the score

✔ Symmetrical inversion

✔ How to avoid tension in your playing

✔ Finger pedalling in Bach and the Classical composers

✔ Wrist movement

✔ Gaining speed

✔ Hand distribution

✔ Practising hands separately

✔ Playing repeated notes

✔ Relaxing the left hand

✔ Spread chords

✔ Correct ways to use the metronome

✔ Technical exercises & studies

✔ Useful exercises for the weaker fingers

✔ Organising practice time


Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

The multi award winning French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is one of the most successful and prolific performers of his generation. He's worked with several high-profile orchestras and conductors throughout his career including the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and NHK Symphony orchestras, with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda, François- Xavier Roth, Nicholas Collon, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Sir Andrew Davis amongst others.

Above, he gives an in-depth lesson on:

How to play the famous 'Clair de lune'


Noriko Ogawa

The internationally acclaimed pianist’s career kicked off back in 1987 when she claimed third prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition. She has since performed around the globe with a number of major European, Japanese and US Orchestras, and released over 30 recordings.

She has two masterclasses included above, which are both also suitable for intermediate players:

Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca

Erik Satie's 'Le Piccadilly'

You can watch more masterclasses from Noriko in our intermediate piano lesson playlist.



Samson Tsoy

A graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Tsoy has performed in prestigious venues such as the Barbican Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and has performed with a number of prestigious conductors including Valery Gergiev, Alexander Vedernikov and Diego Masson.

Above, he gives a masterclass on Schumann's Kreisleriana.



Luka Okros

The Georgian pianist has won several major international piano competitions, including 1st prizes in both the Hong Kong International Piano Competition and the Valencia Iturbi Prize International Piano Competition. 

He gives a masterclass above on Rachmaninov's Moments Musicaux.



Emmanuel Despax

A true professional, Frenchman Emmanuel Despax has had a remarkable career to date. Highlights include two critically acclaimed tours of New Zealand, performances with the Birmingham Symphony and BBC Symphony Orchestras, and a handful of successful album releases.

He gives one in-depth masterclass above on Chopin’s Préludes Op 28, which is also suitable for the intermediate pianist.



Pavel Kolesnikov

The Russian pianist appeared on the cover of issue 103 of Pianist. He is highly respected among piano critics, consistently gaining 4- and 5-star reviews on new releases. He won the prestigious Honens International Piano Competition back in 2012 and has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Paris’s the Louvre, and Berlin’s Konzerthaus.

He gives one in-depth masterclass above on the Chopin Impromptus, which is also suitable for the intermediate pianist.



Martin James Bartlett

Warner Classics artist and 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year Martin James Bartlett appeared on the cover of issue 109 of Pianist back in 2019.

Above, he gives a masterclass on Schumann’s Kinderszenen, which is also suitable for the intermediate pianist.


Check out our beginner and intermediate piano lessons if these lessons aren't quite right for you.