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Welcome to our website!
The Tapiola Piano School was founded in 2012 and has since evolved into a flourishing musical community based in the South of England. The school provides tuition to children and adults throughout West Sussex and our activities are constantly expanding.
The school was founded by British pianist and conductor, Rudi Eastwood who realised the potential for top quality, 1-1 tuition in schools. In addition to individual piano lessons, students are encouraged to participate in performances, festivals and examinations.
The school is named after Jean Sibelius’ last major masterpiece, Tapiola written in 1926. Tapiola portrays Tapio, the animating forest spirit mentioned throughout the Kalevala, lurking behind the stark Finnish pine-forests that enveloped Sibelius's isolated home Ainola outside Järvenpää.
The piano is a beautiful instrument, easily accessible and immediately engaging for students at every level. Playing piano opens doors to an opulent treasure trove of wonderful repertoire and due to the nature of the instrument, it is possible to replicate any piece of music, either by means of imitation or transcription. The piano offers the richest and most abundant repertoire of any single instrument - even a small portion of this repertoire would keep a pianist busy for a lifetime.
Please read on to discover more about our activities and future plans!
Rudi Eastwood - Founder and Director