Andrew Banks, D.M.A.


Andrew Banks studied piano with Keith Swallow at Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds (BA Hons), with Geoffrey Buckley at the Welsh College of Music and Drama (ACWCMD), and with Martin Jones at Cardiff University (MA Performance Studies). After moving to the United States in the 1990s, he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in piano performance at West Virginia University under Dr Christine Kefferstan. He also holds the performance diploma LTCL (Licentiate of Trinity College London).

Andrew has performed in England and Wales, continental Europe and the United States, exploring repertoires for solo piano, two pianos and chamber music. As an accompanist, he frequently collaborates with local musicians on a variety of instruments.

Andrew’s love of English music led to his recording of the CD Paradise Gardens (Supertracks, 1999) featuring twentieth-century English piano pieces by John Ireland, Christopher Headington and William Baines. He has also recorded Kir Kuklowsky: The Complete Piano Works(Crescent Avenue Recordings, 2011), a two-disc set of 50 pieces for solo piano by the Polish-Ukrainian composer (1913-99).

A devoted music educator, Andrew maintains a busy teaching studio in Santa Monica. He is highly experienced in preparing students for exams by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), the world’s leading music examining body based in London. He has entered students for exams in piano and other instruments, practical musicianship and music theory from Grades 1 to 8, and for performance diplomas (DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM). Andrew now serves as ABRSM’s Representative for the Southern California region (Los Angeles and San Diego).

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