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Robert Szymanek, PhD
Piano Tutor & Performance Coach

Piano Tuition

• One-to-one lessons in classical, contemporary, pop, improvisation, theory and composition.

• Fun and focused teaching tailored to the needs of each student

• Beginners to advanced / professional.

• Online and in person in Central London.

Performance Coaching for Musicians

• Private Sessions and Group Workshops

• Finding more satisfaction, success and happiness in music.

• Realising more creative potential.

• Managing and reducing nerves, self-doubt, stress, burnout and other music-related problems.

• Resolving long-term issues in music.

• Innovative Schema Coaching for Musicians based on Schema Therapy research and training.

Teaching Positions

• Course Leader in Ensemble Performance in Gamelan, The University of Manchester - 2016-present

• Professional Development Tutor and Manson Fellow, Royal Academy of Music - 2013-2017

• Composition and Gamelan Workshops with LSO Discovery & Royal Holloway, University of London  - 2014-2015


Performance & Composition

Albums and other instrumental pieces as Ok Bertie!

Performances and workshops at WOMAD Charlton Park, Southbank Centre, BBC Madia Vale, and internationally in UAE, USA, Japan and Indonesia.

• LSO Soundhub Composer - 2014-2015

DBACE Award for Performance and Composition - 2010

Training and Education

• Schema Therapy Training with Schema Therapy Associates - 2022-23

PhD in Composition, Royal Academy of Music - 2012

• Masters in Advanced Musical Studies - Royal Holloway, University of London - 2005

• Training in classical piano with Shelagh Sutherland and Cristine Mackie.


• International Society of Schema Therapists (ISST)

• Independent Society of Musicians (ISM)

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