BIOGRAPHY Pianist and private piano teacher, Timothy de Quetteville, was born in Jersey and started taking piano lessons at the age of four. When he was seventeen and still at school he gained the ARCM Piano Performers' Diploma. Following this success he was accepted at the Royal Academy of Music and studied the piano there with Gordon Green for seven years. During his studentship he was awarded the Academy's Professional Certificate and the Certificate of Advanced Studies, the LRAM Piano Teachers' Diploma, and the Recital Diploma (Dip.RAM) which is the Academy's highest award for performing. He also won a Martin Musical Scholarship and the Hodgson Memorial Scholarship. On completing his studies Mr. de Quetteville returned to Jersey and embarked on a successful career as a pianist and private piano teacher. He has had over twenty-five years teaching experience and his students have enjoyed many successes in Associated Board exams, the Jersey Eisteddfod and the Jersey Young Musician of the Year. Under his tutelage some of the students have been awarded music scholarships to public schools and others have been accepted at well-known and prestigious musical establishments. In 2007 a thirteen-year old won a place as a first study pianist at Chethams - the world-renowned school in Manchester for musically gifted children, and in 2011 another student was also accepted there as a first study pianist. Mr. de Quetteville is an active performer. He has given solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, St. Martin-in-the Fields, St. James' Piccadilly, various venues in the south of England, throughout the Channel Islands and in Switzerland. He has recorded both locally and nationally for the BBC. His repertoire is drawn chiefly from music of the nineteenth century and his specialism is the music of Franz Liszt. Back to top
Timothy de Quetteville is a member of the teachers' section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. He has also gained Registered Private Teacher Status and enhanced CRB Disclosure through the I.S.M.
Timothy de Quetteville has had over 25 years experience teaching the piano privately. He caters for a wide range of students and takes both children and adults from complete beginners to advanced level. Lessons on a one to one basis are given on a beautiful Steinway grand piano in his tastefully furnished music studio. Mr. de Quetteville is very aware of the individual musical requirements of his students and tailors lessons accordingly. The main teaching repertoire he uses is classical but he will give tuition on well written arrangements of popular contemporary music. Children, in particular, are encouraged to enter the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music piano exams which he hosts from his music studio at least twice a year for the exclusive use of his students. On examination day, he also provides superb warm up facilities on a new Steinway upright on which candidates are invited to practise before entering the examination room. Additionally, he is delighted for children with a flair for public performance to compete in the Jersey Eisteddfod if they wish. He also enjoys teaching adult students and is aware that many learn for pure pleasure and relaxation or maybe to realise a lifelong ambition to play the piano that could not be fulfilled in childhood. Whatever their reason for learning, students of all ages are welcomed into the practice and have ranged from 4 to over 80 years old. Below are links to several press cuttings from the Jersey Evening Post reporting some of the many outstanding results his students have achieved in their exams and at the Eisteddfod. TEACHERS BEST RESULTS TO DATE PIANISTS STRIKE A LUCKY CHORD PLAYING FOR THE PARTY photo credit: © Jersey Evening Post Newsletter No.1 - April 2010 Newsletter No.2 - February 2011 Newsletter No.3 - January 2012 Newsletter No.4 - August 2012 Newsletter No.5 - February 2013 Newsletter No.6 - July 2013 Teaching term dates for 2013-2014 Start and finish dates of Term for students of school age
(Please note: extra lessons during the holiday periods can be booked if required.)
Information for exam candidates: A special visit to Mazeppa by an ABRSM examiner will take place on Friday 13th December 2013. SPRING TERM - Monday 6th January to Sunday 6th April 2014 SUMMER TERM - Monday 28th April to Sunday 20th July AUTUMN TERM - Monday 8th September to Sunday 7th December Back to top
Timothy de Quetteville is an experienced recital pianist and Steinway Artist. In addition to his numerous concerts in Jersey over the years he has given solo recitals throughout the Channel Islands, in the South of England, Switzerland and some of London's most prestigious concert venues.
In 1980 he made his professional debut at the Jersey Opera House in a performance of Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto and Chopin's Sonata in B minor. His main interest is in 19th century piano music and in particular the works of Franz Liszt. His repertoire boasts many of the composer's major works and includes the two piano concertos, the B minor sonata, works from Annees de Pelerinage Books 1 and 2, the Transcendental Studies, and many solo compositions. Mr. de Quetteville usually allocates a large portion of each recital to Liszt's music and on several occasions (notably at the Purcell Room) has devoted the whole programme to Liszt's work. As part of the bicentenary celebrations of Liszt's birth in 2011 he gave an all-Liszt recital at the Benjamin Meaker theatre and performed Liszt's First Piano Concerto with the St. Cecilia Orchestra. Within Jersey, Timothy de Quetteville is an extremely well known and popular pianist - being described once as a local treasure! In addition to many lunchtime recitals at the Jersey Arts Centre, he has given evening performances there at the invitation of the Jersey Music Club and the Channel Islands Music Council. Other local venues he has performed at include Samares Manor (5 recitals for the Samares Manor Music Club), the Opera House (Liszt's Eflat concerto and Grieg's piano concerto), and Fort Regent (Liszt's A major concerto with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra). He has made recordings for BBC Radio Jersey and televised a series of 'fillers' for ITV's Channel Television. He has also given a number of recitals within the island for charitable causes. These include the John Lobb Memorial Trust, the Jersey Cheshire Home, Jersey Hospice, and at the request of a former Bailiff of Jersey, the late Sir Peter Crill, a recital at Samares Manor in aid of King George V's Fund for Sailors. Forthcoming appearances in Jersey 2013 include: Lunchtime Recital at the Jersey Arts Centre - Monday 3rd June 1.05pm To listen to recordings of Timothy de Quetteville's playing, click on the links below Liszt - Au Lac de Wallenstadt Liszt - Funerailles Debussy - Prelude Les Sons et les Parfums Rachmaninoff - Prelude in B flat major Op.23 No.2 Scriabin - Etude in C sharp minor Op.2 No.1 Liszt - Sonetto 104 del Petrarca Liszt - Dante Sonata Liszt - Sonata in B minor - Extract 1 Liszt - Sonata in B minor - Extract 2 Liszt - Sonata in B minor - Extract 3 Back to top
Following his Wigmore Hall debut the Times music critic wrote: 'In scenic evocations from Liszt's first Annees de Pelerinage Mr. de Quetteville discovered the Comtesse d'Agoult's favoured melancholy harmony of Au Lac de Wallenstadt and Vallee d'Obermann and linked them with a thunderous Orage... vastly enjoyed....'
The Times "An artist of acceptable promise" The Western Gazette "An undoubted affinity for the works of Liszt" The Guernsey Evening Post "The honours went to the performer's virtuoso technique and stamina" The Jersey Evening Post "He demonstrated his versatility and ability to delight by presenting works by Beethoven, Debussy and Rachmaninoff before unleashing his powerful Liszt technique" Back to top
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Timothy de Quetteville Dip.RAM LRAM ARCM
is a Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians