Lewis Kesterton is a classical pianist, teacher, and writer based in London. Following an ambition to become a musician from an early age, he commenced his formal education in 2015 at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the guidance of Mark Bebbington and Katharine Lam. Since then, he has studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire under the tutelage of Penelope Roskell, at the Royal College of Music with Mengyang Pan and City, University of London with Laura Roberts. In 2019, he was selected as the recipient of the John Ireland Trust Piano Prize, as well as being awarded second prize in the London College of Music’s Mona Blackman Competition. Lewis often performs around the capital as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, and is in high demand as a teacher. He has enjoyed recitals at prestigious venues such as St. Bride's the Journalists' Church, Fleet Street and Charlton House.
Lewis embarked upon his career as a teacher in 2016. He has since developed his own unique and highly effective pedagogical techniques and has studied music education extensively. He has taught in private music schools across the country, worked for music services, and runs a thriving private teaching practice focusing on adult learners and advanced young pianists in his studio in West London. Over the years he has delivered numerous masterclasses and facilitated discussion groups for teachers, and in 2021, he joined the piano teaching faculty of Morley College, London. Lewis has a particular interest in working with students overcoming injuries and has a passion for helping nurture innovative 21st-century musicians.
Away from the piano, Lewis finds great enjoyment in singing, notably taking part in a BBC Radio 3 broadcast of Verdi’s Requiem in 2016, and being a member of the Hallé choir in their 2017-18 season. Lewis enjoys living in London with his partner and cat, Figaro.
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The Pianist's Guide to Scale Mastery is a new and innovative resource to help make scales interesting and relevant for pianists. The book was developed by Lewis over the course of two years and has been praised by some of the biggest names in the piano pedagogy world, including Penelope Roskell, Leslie Howard and Melanie Spanswick. Lewis has now received a publishing contract to produce the book with publishers Austin Macauley. However, as the book is going to be expensive to produce, this Kickstarter has been created for the finalisation of its publishing.