Anthony Williams MMus(Dist)  DipRAM  GRSM(Hons)  LRAM


Concert pianist, writer, lecturer, ABRSM examiner moderator and adjudicator, Anthony Williams was born in Essex and studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly and at Reading University with Jonathan Dunsby.

Following international competition success Anthony embarked on a career as a concert pianist whilst also establishing an international reputation as a piano teacher and has since become a passionate educator of pianistic musicianship at all ages from beginner to advanced. As well as giving piano masterclasses, public lecture-recitals and seminars on performance, repertoire and the art of teaching he is involved with numerous professional development courses and workshops both in the UK and abroad.

He has given talks on piano performance for Radio 3 and is author and editor of various publications include The Best of Grade and Fingerprints (Faber) and Teaching Notes (ABRSM). His most recent book The Piano Teacher’s Survival Guide (Faber, 2017) will be published in May and draws on his experience of teaching young beginners through to professional pianists, combined with insights from his professional playing around the world as both soloist and accompanist.

Combining a full-time position at Radley College, Oxfordshire as Head of Keyboard and Instrumental Music with a busy freelance career Anthony nevertheless finds time to fly model aeroplanes, keep bees and indulge in a little sea kayaking.




Latest review for Piano Teacher’s Survival

Guide: ‘This book covers everything we piano teachers could ever need to know with practicality and honesty, from the first lesson to fingering, from technique to teaching skills. Williams is an engaging writer and delivers all this in a straightforward and clear way. Reading the book is like having a wise experienced friend available to answer all the questions you ever wanted to ask about piano teaching.’  Fiona Lau 

See full review at Music Room.com

Previous reviews:

Once in a while a book appears which must be considered essential, an instant classic, and this is one such publication. The Piano Teacher’s Survival Guide instantly establishes itself as the very best practical manual available for today’s piano teachers.’    Andrew Eales 

‘I think it’s the fact that all this tricky technical and stylistic information is written in such an easily understood way, with actual practical activities to achieve what he’s suggesting. This kind of practitioner information is very rare to find, games, activities, I was thrilled to see them all.’  Karen Marshall

See full review on Andrew Eales’ Pianodao here

From preparing for the very first lesson to mastering fiendish fingering and performance anxiety, this inspirational guide helps teachers nurture and support students at every level and develop a love of the piano. With musical communication at its heart, The Piano Teacher’s Survival Guide tackles universal issues and common frustrations faced by all pianists as well as improving and developing teaching skills and piano technique.

Available now at Amazon.co.uk


The Best of Grade Series


The Best of Grade Series comprises pieces selected by the major examination boards in one volume for each grade, which have captured the imaginations of teachers and students over the years, including some old favourites and some forgotten gems. All the pieces are tried and tested and perfectly graded and fingered. The books also provides top-quality music that is ideal as a sight-reading resource for more advanced students. The music has been carefully selected and edited by Anthony Williams, a leading ABRSM piano examiner and selector.

Available at Amazon.co.uk


Fingerprints is a collection of piano pieces written by real, living composers who eat breakfast, get tired and irritable, laugh at jokes and have favorite things. Using their imagination and with a love for piano music, they have captured a little bit of what makes them who they are within some inspired pieces and left these as a set of musical ‘fingerprints’ for you to play.

Break In (Madden) * Cowbells in Zululand (Du Preez) * Dance Variations (Peat) * Eeyore’s March (Jackson) * Flowers Upon the Grave of Winter (Alexander) * Hopscotch (Harris) * Pizza with Kristin (Wallen) * Pounce (Phibbs) * Sometimes When I’m Dreaming (Sculthorpe) * Spiders’ Footprints (Jackson) * Stop Doing That (Percy) * The Leaving of Liverpool (Alexander) * Timewarp (Gritton) * Tiny Giant (Hindson) * Twilight (Harris) * Weaving Song (Beach) * While the Cat’s Away (Ilis) * Willow (Iles) * Xmas Bells (Hindson).

Available at Amazon.co.uk



March 2018

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9th, 10th, 11th and 16th, 17th, 18th: Adjudicating Woodley Music Festival

April 2018

Sunday 29th (tbc) Ruth Ascher Masterclass: http://www.francisrhayes.co.uk/Ruth_Ascher_Masterclass.html

May 2018

Sunday, Monday 6th, 7th and Sunday 13th May: Adjudicating Blackheath Music Festival http://www.blackheathmusicfestival.co.uk/

Sunday 19th: Adjudicating Nuneaton Music Festival: http://www.nuneatonfoa.org.uk/section/piano

July 2018

Saturday 7th to Sunday 15th (TBC): Visiting teacher and lecturer at the Beijing Summer Camp for pianists.

November 2018

Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th, 24th and 25th: Adjudicating the West London Music Festival http://www.wlpta.org.uk/Festival.html