Specialist Advice in Education and Culture



This unique 2-week full-boarding Piano Academy, with English Language lessons, was an international Summer School, set in the stunning surroundings of the prestigious Harrow School run by EdmissionUK and BABSSCo for several years in the past.







Colin Stone is a Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and an internationally acclaimed pianist. Colin first came to prominence in 1986 when he won the Royal Over-Seas League Piano Competition in London. In 1989 he made his debut as a soloist on BBC Radio 3 and, following the success of his live Concert Hall broadcast in 1990 and the subsequent Prokofiev series, is regularly invited to record for Radio 3.


Colin’s first solo CD, of transcriptions by Prokofiev of his own theatre music, was released in 1994 on the United label and has been followed by a number of CDs for different labels including Olympia, Chandos and Merlin Classics. His discography is extensive, ranging from recordings of live performances taken from his Beethoven cycle to premiere recordings of contemporary music.


He has recently performed the entire 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich to great acclaim in London, at an event specially introduced by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Colin appeared in the documentary ‘The Unknown Shostakovich’ (with Boris Tishchenko, Maxim Shostakovich and Rustem Hayroudinoff) written and produced by Lewis Owens.

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International Piano Academy in Association with Steinway & Sons and BABSSCo English Language and  Activity Courses


“This Piano Summer School from EdmissionUK at Harrow School is a wonderful idea. It will enable piano students of all nationalities, including those already accomplished and wishing to apply for Conservatoire entrance or forthcoming competitions, to receive expert and enjoyable guidance from distinguished Professors and graduates from the Royal Academy of Music in a beautiful location with excellent facilities.” 

Colin teaching small Piano workshop




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Dr Tanya Ursova was awarded her Licentiate Teaching Diploma and MMus from the Royal Academy of Music as well as PhD in Piano Performance from Goldsmiths College, University of London.


She is the recipient of various prestigious music awards and has given many conference and academic papers and recitals throughout the world including USA, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, France, Sweden, Italy and the UK. Tanya also advises on all aspects of applying to the leading music Conservatories through CUKAS (Conservatoires UK Admissions Service) and has strong links with the leading Institutions.


Tanya recently represented the Royal Academy of Music at the International Conservatoires Festival with a performance in St Petersburg's famous Sheremetyev Palace. Tanya also worked as Music Consultant for Clifford Chance Law Firm, where she co-ordinated the Royal Academy of Music's piano teaching to staff, and the Centre for Russian Music events at Goldsmiths College, London.


As well as coordinating and teaching at our International Piano and English Language Academy at Harrow School, Tanya is also responsible for responding to general enquires for all services offered by EdmissionUK.


Mayumi Iida was born in Japan and started the piano at the age of three. She continued her studies at Tokyo University of Liberal Arts, where she was awarded first place at her Master’s recital, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated from the postgraduate performance course with honours.


She had encouragement at the International Schubert competition in Germany in 2003 and participated with success in other international competitions. Her international engagements have included concerts in the UK and Japan.


She is also in demand as an accompanist and chamber musician.  Recent highlights include the Japan Festival in  England,  The City of London Festival,  St James Piccadilly , concerts at Bristol Cathedral and St George's Bristol and a radio broadcast concert in Warminster.  With the pianist Colin Stone she has done several two-piano concerts in the UK and in Japan's prestigious Bunka Kaikan.


Mayumi combines her performing activities with her role as a teacher. She currently teaches at Orley Farm School in Harrow and Merchant Taylors' School in Northwood.


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Elena Vorotko was born in Togliatti, Russia and studied at the Balakirev College in N.-Novgorod, Russia; The Purcell School of Music, London and The Royal Academy of Music, London. Elena won her international recognition through success at numerous International Competitions and Festivals throughout Europe, Russia, South Africa and Japan. She has been awarded several prestigious awards including the Alfred Brendel Award, Harriet Cohen Bach Prize, Doris Starke Award and Third Prize at the XVth J.S. Bach International Competition in Leipzig in 2006. One of the highlights of her career was a performance for HRH Prince Charles.


In 2005 Elena was chosen by the Keyboard Trust to give recitals in UK, Germany, Italy and the US and her debut at the Park Lane New Year Series 2006 at the Purcell Room was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and won her great critical acclaim. Elena also plays the harpsichord and is a composer: Her vocal works have won First Prize at the International Competition ‘Riabinovie Griozy’ 2002 in Moscow.


Pursuing her interest in historically-informed performance, in 2010 she completed a PhD entitled ‘Realising Interpretative Traditions in J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier’ under the direction of Roy Howat and Neil Heyde at the Royal Academy of Music. In the course of this research she has studied harpsichord with Virginia Black and clavichord with Terence Charlston and acquired a thorough practical knowledge of historical fortepianos. She is now the deputy artistic director of The Keyboard Charitable Trust for young professional musicians and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music.