About Charlotte

charlotte01Charlotte Tomlinson is a Performance Coach who helps musicians realise their full potential. She works very intuitively, supporting musicians in expressing the music in the best way possible, by moving them through their own personal blocks and giving each musician exactly what they need. Her approach has been developed largely from her own experience of teaching and performing as a classical pianist, along with a strong background in personal growth, psychology and trainings in different bodywork techniques (Full Biography).

Charlotte takes her Performance Coaching, along with her talks and master classes on the themes of performance anxiety and performance-related injury, around the world to universities, conservatoires and music festivals.

She is a dedicated piano teacher and any student who learns with her has the benefit of her holistic approach to teaching, along with decades of experience. She is passionate about technique and enabling a pianist to be the best vehicle they can be to express the music.

Charlotte founded and directed her own international chamber music course, Chamber Music International, which ran for eight years and was widely considered one of the best of it’s kind in Europe, being called inspirational and visionary by its patron, Sir Simon Rattle. She is a chamber music coach to students from the University of Oxford.

Her book, Music from the Inside Out (2012), has a glowing endorsement from violinist, Maxim Vengerov. She is in the process of completing a book for children about performance anxiety and regularly writes articles for all the major music magazines.

 Charlotte has been recognised as an expert in performance anxiety in musicians. She offers several online courses as well as a series of free video interviews in which she talks to 42 top international musicians about how they manage performance stress.

Full Biography

Charlotte has been a Performance Coach for the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Yale Summer Music School, USA), and gives talks, master classes, and coaches at music conservatories and universities around the world, most recently in Singapore and Hong Kong. She holds piano master classes every year at the International Piano Academy, Konz, Germany and has recently given master classes and coaching at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, St Mary’s School, Edinburgh, Leeds University, Leeds College of Music and Edinburgh Napier University amongst others. In summer 2017, she will be working at the Verbier Festival and the Oxford International Piano Festival.

As a pianist/accompanist she has travelled extensively. She has been an accompanist for all the London music colleges, for BBC Young Musician of the Year and has broadcast for Dutch National Radio, RTHK and BBC Radio 3. She has worked as a vocal coach for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She taught piano at the Purcell School, UK for 11 years and founded and directed an international chamber music course, which was given a glowing endorsement from Sir Simon Rattle. Along with performance coaching, she currently teaches piano and chamber music to students from the University of Oxford.

Charlotte is increasingly being recognised as an expert in performance anxiety related to musicians. She interviewed 43 top international musicians on film about how they manage performance stress (2015); she was interviewed for BBC TV Proms Extra (2015), as an expert in performance anxiety and as a Performance Coach for an American documentary, Composed. She wrote her first book Music from the Inside Out in 2012, and is currently writing a book for school children about managing performance anxiety in music exams (Rhinegold UK).


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