Master of Music Performance (Piano)
Guy Shepherd is an exciting British pianist, composer and educator with a passion for musical innovation. Internationally steeped, forward-thinking and altruistic, his performances, compositions and pedagogy transcend cultural and social boundaries and render genre and audience divide obsolete. From an eclectic performance repertoire to original compositions influenced by classical, jazz, pop, rock, minimalism and world musics, his career is dedicated to reconciling global unity, spiritual introspection and peace through emotive and profound music, bringing people together to reflect the spirit of the times.
Born in the UK, Guy trained as a professional pianist with concert pianist Victor Sangiorgio at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, before continuing his studies with Simon Young at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where he received his Masters degree. Guy has performed in masterclasses with internationally renowned pianists, composers and ensembles such as Peter Donohoe, Gabriele Baldocci, Rolf Hind, Philip Fowke, Louis Lortie, Steven Osborne, Martin Jones, Mikhail Kazakevich, Andrew Ball, Victor Sangiorgio and The Schubert Ensemble. Subsequently, he has lived and worked extensively in the UK, Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East as a professional soloist, accompanist, composer and educator.
Growing up in Cornwall, Guy was a winner of the piano class in the Saltash Music Festival, and while in Birmingham, a finalist in the prestigious Lieder Prize Song Competition with tenor Craig Jackson. He has made concerto appearances, performing works such as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Redditch Symphony Orchestra at the ARTRIX Theatre, and Leroy Anderson’s Piano Concerto in C with the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra at the Adrian Boult Hall (UK). Other notable performances include transcriptions from Copland’s Rodeo and Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances in Ulricehamn (Sweden), concerts for Steinway Pianos at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel and POWIIS Auditorium in Penang (Malaysia), and solo piano recitals at St. Alfege and the Royal Naval Yard in Greenwich (London) and St. Stephen’s Church (Bristol).
As a motivator and educator of music, Guy has previously taught in Sweden, New Zealand and Malaysia, having been a freelance concert pianist and piano teacher in Christchurch, and also held the position of teacher of piano and composition at the Prince of Wales Island International School in Penang, Malaysia. While in Penang, Guy presented public recitals in the POWIIS Auditorium, showcased a variety of Steinway pianos through a series of solo concerts for the Historical Steinway Tour of Malaysia and also presented piano masterclassess and coached chamber ensembles. Having recently finished working in the Middle East at the British School of Bahrain, he is now established back at home in the UK as a professional pianist, composer and educator in London, Bath and Bristol.