Piano Summer School

Abbey Road Studio 2

Piano School

The LIMS Piano School will give you the opportunity to work personally and extensively with top international concert artists who are also accomplished teachers drawn from Europe’s most prestigious Conservatoires.

Set in the heart of London’s South Kensington at the Royal College of Music and opposite the world famous Royal Albert Hall, the LIMS Piano School Summer Course is specifically designed to inspire, encourage and challenge your musicianship, ‎calling you to greater heights of achievement in a practical environment with real-time experience of performing and recording.

We are offering classes, seminars and individual sessions on a comprehensive range of aspects covering the Art of Piano playing; public performance, technical virtuosity, contemporary music, effective memorisation techniques, concerto performance, competition, examination, audition preparation and career building.


Be the best by learning from the best.



Course Highlights

  • Two weeks summer Piano School for 40 students in London
  • Take your playing and inspiration to a new, higher level
  • Tuition by internationally performing artists
  • Workshops at Royal College of Music
  • Performance at a prestigious London venue
  • Opportunity to record your own music at the world famous Abbey Road Studios
  • Exam based Diploma from Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music
  • Accommodation at Imperial College London in Kensington
  • Excursions in London


Next Course Dates

August 2015 – 1.-16.8.2015

Who Is It For?

The LIMS Piano School is looking to recruit middle school students aged 14 – 17 with an advanced piano playing standard (approximately Grade 8 or above in the Chinese system).



Course Content


The LIMS Piano School 2015 will unite the pianists from the East and the West in a unique 2-week course, incorporating individual tuition and small groups master classes, focusing on all aspects of creativity starting from the initial opening of the music score right up to performing it to public on stage and recording.


General daily schedules

  • 08:00-08:45   Breakfast at the Imperial College
  • 09:00-09:45   Language sessions at the Imperial College Assembly Hall
  • 10:00-10:15    Registration at Royal College of Music
  • 10:30-12:30    Small groups master classes; individual lessons and practice slots; recording sessions (second week)
  • 12:30-1:30pm  Lunch
  • 1:30-4:00pm   Series of “sign-for” workshops/seminars, lead by our tutors; individual lessons and practice slots
  • 1:30-4:00pm   Recording sessions; festival classes (second week)
  • 4:00-4:30pm   Afternoon break
  • 4:30-6:00pm   End-of-day CONCERTS – Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music
  • 6:30-8:00pm   Dinner time. Students’ individual time.



The masterclasses are the core of the LIMS. When you apply for a place on the course you will be asked to fill in an application form, giving a clear indication of your experience level. This information is used to group the participants together in small formations compatible in age and ability; typically a 5-8 students per group. Tutors will change for each session.


Workshops and Seminars

  • Stage Presence and Performance – led by Frank Wibaut
  • The Piano Concerto – led by Frank Wibaut and Louis Demetrius Alvanis
  • Contemporary Piano Music – lead by Chisato Kusunoki
  • Russian Piano Technique – led by prof. Mikhail Kazakevich
  • The Virtuoso – led by Louis Demetrius Alvanis
  • Collaborative Piano – led by Simon Lane and Lora Dimitrova
  • Memorization – led by Chisato Kusunoki
  • The Business Of Music – led by Frederick Scott (and a guest from PRS or UK Music)
  • Piano Recital Repertoire (Programme building) – led by Frederick Scott and Prof. Mikhail Kazakevich.


Concerts and Performances

There are three tutor’s concerts throughout the course. The rest of the concerts will be shared among all participants for the duration of the course. An equal performance opportunity will be given to all.



On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the second week of the course, we will run afternoon competitive classes adjudicated by our tutors. Each class will have a specific topic and will lead to the award of prizes;

  • Classical Sonata class
  • Contemporary Piano Music
  • Baroque Music
  • Bach
  • Romantic music
  • Improvisation
  • Piano Concerto Performance
  • Ensemble / Collaborative Piano



These sessions are scheduled throughout the two-week period, and will offer all participants a one-hour long recording experience in a professional setting. A panel formed by our tutors will select the top three recordings, the performers of which will be offered the incredible opportunity to record in the famous Abbey Road recording studio, producing their own first CD working with world famous producer Andrew Keener.




During the summer school, there will be regular world famous BBC Prom concerts held in the Royal Albert Hall just a few steps away. LIMS will organise to attend a number of the high profile concerts.

There will be other additional activities surrounding music, art, and culture planned throughout the evening and weekends, schedule of which will be available near the time.





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The Piano School curriculum and teacher choices are curated by our school principal Frederick Scott.

All our teachers and staff are highly qualified and experts in their own fields, most of them internationally performing and recording artists. Detailed teacher bios on our staff pages here.



LIMS is pleased to offer the opportunity for you to take a performance diploma examination administered by ABRSM.  In order to register interest in this highly sought after qualification prospective candidates should familiarise themselves with the pre-requisites for a successful application which are available from ABRSM website at www.abrsm.org/performanceprerequisites.

Your application will need to meet these criteria or alternatively you may offer a summary of your appropriate professional experience for consideration.All submissions for appropriate professional experience, any summaries of qualifications and supporting references from tutors should all be translated into English by an independent translator. These submissions should be instrument specific and not refer to the candidate’s accomplishments in any other instrument.

We do not require the programme notes in advance of the DipABRSM entry if the candidate is doing a performance diploma. Candidates should bring two copies of the programme notes, translated into English, to their examination. We will arrange an interpreter if necessary for the viva voce component. For full details of fees and all other requirements please see www.abrsm.org/musicperformance.




Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS. More information on RCM on their website here.

The Royal College of Music is a conservatoire established by royal charter in 1882, located in South Kensington, London, UK. It offers training from the undergraduate to the doctoral level in all aspects of Western classical music including performance, theory, history, conducting, and composition, and serves as a centre for research in musicology, performance practice, and music psychology. The college is one of the four conservatories of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and a member of Conservatoires UK. Its buildings are directly opposite the Royal Albert Hall on Prince Consort Road, next to Imperial College and among the museums and cultural centres of Albertopolis.



Imperial College London, Princes Gardens, London SW7 1AB. More information on ICL accommodation website here.

Located in and around South Kensington, our rooms are right in the middle of an historic and beautiful part of central London. Just a few steps away from some of London’s best museums, including the Victoria and Albert, Natural History and Science Museums, and a stones throw from Hyde Park and the shopping district of Knightsbridge and Harrod’s Department store. Your chosen accommodation is right next to the Royal College of Music and  Royal Albert Hall!

We’re just a short walk from South Kensington Underground Station, only only 45 minutes away from Heathrow Airport and 15 minutes from both London Paddington and London Victoria stations.



The total cost of the two-week summer school in 2015 is GBP 5,600. This covers all students’ cost in the UK in connection with the piano school including tuition, accommodation and meals, and all cost of related activities such as recording, sightseeing and local travels. The cost does not include travel from the student’s home country to London.

Prior to acceptance, each suitable candidate will be asked to submit a 5 minute video for audition with a non-refundable cost of GBP 75. After an offer is issued, the candidate will be asked to pay a 20% deposit (GBP 1,120) to secure a place. The candidate will be asked to pay an additional 30% deposit (GBP 1,680) two months prior to the start of the programme. Full balance must be paid before the start of the summer school.


Course requirements

The LIMS Piano School has set the following requirement for all candidates:

  • Aged between 14 – 17 (pre-university)
  • Advanced piano playing standard (approximately Grade 8 or above in the Chinese system)
  • Reasonable English proficiency to be able to understand lessons taught in English



Registration is now open – see our registration page here.

You can also contact us at register@LondonIMS.com for more details and registration documents.