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 tension, aches and pains, 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 for students from the University of Oxford.

Her book, Music from the Inside Out (2012), has a glowing endorsement from violinist, Maxim Vengerov and her book Keep Calm and Pass your Music Exam (Chester, 2017) is highly thought of. She 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 gives talks, master classes, and coaches at music conservatories and universities around the world. She has worked for the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Yale Summer Music School, USA), the Imani Wind Festival (New York) and annually at the Verbier Academy and Verbier Festival Orchestras. She held piano master classes at the International Piano Academy, Konz, Germany (2015-2017) and has given master classes and coaching at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Leeds University, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, the Oxford International Piano Festival, the National Youth Orchestra, The Yehudi Menuhin School amongst others and in August 2018, at the Sydney Conservatorium and with fellows and professionals from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She gave a talk on The Psychology of Performance and Competition at the Leeds International Piano Competition 2018.

As a pianist-accompanist she has travelled extensively. She was an accompanist for all the London music colleges, for BBC Young Musician of the Year and broadcast for Dutch National Radio, RTHK and BBC Radio 3. She is now increasingly giving solo recitals around the UK. 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.

Charlotte is widely considered an expert in performance anxiety related to musicians. She interviewed 43 top international musicians on film about how they manage performance stress, Beyond Stage Fright (2015); she was interviewed for BBC TV Proms Extra (2015) for the American documentary, Composed and for the BBC World Service (2017) as an expert in performance anxiety. She has written two books Music from the Inside Out (Matador, 2012) and Keep Calm and Pass your Music Exam (Chester, 2017). As well as a thriving performance coaching practice and international career giving talks and master classes, she teaches piano and chamber music to students from the University of Oxford and to alumni from the London music colleges.

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