Brenda Blewett

Akkompagnatør/ festivalutøver
Brenda Blewett

Brenda currently combines a concert career with her position as Joint Head of Accompaniment at Chetham’s School of Musicin Manchester. 

She read music at Oxford University– specialising in 19th century music – and then continued at the Royal College of Music inLondon, where she studied piano with David Parkhouse and accompaniment with Robert Sutherland and was awarded the Ellen Marie Curtis Prize for her interpretations of Haydn and Mozart.

She has a great love of Norway and Norwegian culture and has performed in many of Norway and Sweden’s major festivals over the last 20 years, touring extensively through both countries. She has collaborated with many Norwegian musicians including Erik Stenstadvold, Mona Julsrud, Marianne Beate Kielland, Marianne Andersen, Paul and Cecilia Wahlberg.  She has worked as a visiting accompanist at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and the Barratt Due Institute in Oslo and is a regular resident pianist at the Valdres Summer Music Festival.  Performances have taken her to major venues and festivals throughout the UK, Europe and in Los Angeles and New York. She appears frequently on television and radio and has given live broadcasts on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and NRK radio.

Through her role at Chetham’s Brenda has collaborated in masterclasses with eminent musicians such as Stephen Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma, Ralph Kirshbaum, Thomas Riebl and James Campbell. Brenda has a great passion for working with young people – nurturing and helping them to develop as performers and musicians. She accompanies frequently in national and international competitions, notably the BBC Young Musician of the Year, Yehudi Menuhin Competition, Royal Overseas League, Sibelius Competition and the Davina van Wely competition in Holland.

She has made 2 CD recordings on the Simax label – her recording of the Haydn trios for flute, cello and piano was chosen as ‘Record of the Month’ by the German Music Journal «Alte Musik Actuel». She has recently released a disc on the Euridice label of 19th century French music for flute and piano.