Akiko Hobson

Akiko Hobson started her musical education at the age of 3 by attending the Yamaha Music School in Japan. After having studied various courses there, she began to learn solo piano with Reiko Ishibashi. She completed her degree in Musashino Music University in Tokyo. She has also completed Postgraduate Diploma in Performance and Master of Music at Trinity college of Music in London. For her thesis whilst studying for her Masters Degree, Akiko produced an instruction guide for accompanying ballet. She started playing for ballet during her studies and has been associated with a number of ballet companies and schools such as Royal Opera House, English National Ballet and English National Ballet School. As well as working full time as a ballet accompanist, Akiko also accompanies workshops, intensive courses and auditions nationally and internationally.

The Grand Allegro Waltz

In this episode the team lift the lid on the grand allegro waltz and that particular part of class.  What we play, how we play it, and our ever evolving approach to playing the biggest part of class.  It can be mined field thanks to the advancement of technique and athleticism. This episode is proudly produced and […]

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The Grand Allegro Waltz (Video)

In this episode the team lift the lid on the grand allegro waltz and that particular part of class.  What we play, how we play it, and our ever evolving approach to playing the biggest part of class.  It can be mined field thanks to the advancement of technique and athleticism. This episode is proudly produced and

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Ballet Studio Communication

In this episode, the team lift the lid on communication within the ballet studio, and it’s importance.  From eye contact, visual communication, verbal communication, and everything necessary to build a rapport between teacher and pianist.  It is helpful, informative, insightful, and of course hilarious. Proudly produced and published by PodcastRecording.co.uk

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Ballet Studio Communication (Video)

In this episode, the team lift the lid on communication within the ballet studio, and it’s importance.  From eye contact, visual communication, verbal communication, and everything necessary to build a rapport between teacher and pianist.  It is helpful, informative, insightful, and of course hilarious. Proudly produced and published by PodcastRecording.co.uk

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In Conversation with Philip Feeney

In this episode the team lift the lid on the life and work of ballet composer Phil Feeney.  With a career spanning decades, Feeney has twenty full length, and fifty short works to his name, and the team explore his process in this pod.  It’s a beautifully sedate episode. This episode is proudly produced and published by

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Ballet Studio Horror Stories

In this episode the team lift the lid on times in the ballet studio where the job has gone horribly wrong.  A pod full of horror stories, some funny, some serious, all valid.  At the end of the day, we’re all human, and it makes ballet appear a bit more normal.  Prepare to belly laugh! This episode is

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We’re back for 2024! (Video)

In this episode, the team lift the lid on their lives over the past year and a half, from job changes, career changes, working holidays, cruises, and much, much more.  This episode also shares what you can expect from the season including round table topical discussions, and spotlight ‘In Conversations’.

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We’re back for 2024!

In this episode, the team lift the lid on their lives over the past year and a half, from job changes, career changes, working holidays, cruises, and much, much more.  This episode also shares what you can expect from the season including round table topical discussions, and spotlight ‘In Conversations’.

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We Went Live

This is the final episode in the current season, and it is the audio recording of the livestream we did on Sunday 10th July.  If you were unable to watch along, you can enjoy this episode and hear everything from that livestream, complete with us pianists playing ballet exercises for you.  You can also watch the livestream on our website, www.balletpianopodcast.com.

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Happy Endings

We have a fantastically funny episode for you today, with a rather tongue-in-cheek title.  In previous episodes, we have talked about introductions and what we need to get the exercise going, but what about our needs for the exercise coming to an end?

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Playing for Men in Ballet Class

Another week, and another brilliant episode for you!  This episode is in response to a message that came in from a follower on the Instagram account, and she wanted to know about how we play for men specifically, and how David chooses music for his classes, and what he likes to hear from music in his men’s classes.

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Q and A 2022

We asked you to provide some questions of ballet and music topics that you wanted answering, and we did!  We also ask questions of each other, things about ballet and music we wanted to know from each other’s perspective, and it is very revealing and insightful.

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We’re Back

We’re so excited to bring you this new episode after what feels like forever since we recorded or shared with you, but we’re back with a mini series of ‘coffee break conversations’ about ballet studio etiquette.

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In Summary

In this episode, we reflect on the first series of episodes since the podcast’s inception in February 2020, and we talk a bit about what we have learnt from producing the podcast, and the journey we have been on individually, and as a team.

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Q and A 2

We hope you enjoy this penultimate episode in the ballet class series.  It is the second instalment of the Q&A episode where we continue to answer questions sent in to us via email and the social media channels.

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Q and A 1

We hope you enjoy this episode in which the team answer your burning questions that have been sent in over the past few weeks.  Some are serious and informative, and some are light hearted and fun, but most spark a memory or an anecdote relating to a personal experience

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Music for Pirouettes

Listen to this episode where the team talk in depth about Music for Pirouettes!  David, the podcast ballet expert breaks down a pirouette exercise into its basic form, and teaches the importance of ‘spotting’ to aid multiple turns, and arm positions to help with the balance.

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Music for Fondu

In the latest of our pre-recorded podcasts, we’re bringing you our discussion on Music for Fondu. We describe this in many different ways – the eloquent David Yow describes it as melting chocolate over ice cream.

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Hello

Welcome to the Ballet Piano Podcast. On our first episode we say hello and talk about how we became ballet pianists.

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