Edwin Dizer

  

Biography

Edwin attained a First Class degree in Music from the highly respected University of Manchester (rated best in the country 2013 and consistently highly ranked in league tables) where he studied singing with Richard Strivens and piano with Hazel Fanning. Thereafter he studied privately with the acclaimed teachers Timothy Dawkins and Colin Baldy. Before this, he studied at the Royal College of Music for six years. His teachers included Margaret Maguire (voice), Geoffrey Govier (piano) and Philip Bainbridge (trumpet). He also studied music theory there. He has performed in major venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Fairfield Halls, St. Martin in the Fields, the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, the Duomo (Florence), and many others.

Singing

Edwin is a bass-baritone singer. His experiences in opera include singing Belcore in NSO's touring production of Donizetti's 'Elixir of Love', Bartolo in an acclaimed student performance of Mozart's 'Marriage of Figaro', and performing the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan's 'The Mikado'. He was Simone in a production of Puccini's 'Gianni Schicchi' which toured Umbria and was performed at the City Lit university, London, and Chelmsford Cathedral. He also played the Father in the first act of Humperdinck's 'Hansel and Gretel' and sang in productions of Blow's 'Venus and Adonis' and Handel's 'Semele'. He also often performs solo recitals and has partaken in several prestigious masterclasses, including one with Marcus Farnsworth.


He is also an experienced chorister. He has sung with choirs all over the UK and in Ireland, Italy and Hungary. He sang with Manchester University's elite chamber choir, Ad Solem, and regularly sings with Stile Moderno and Icosa. Furthermore, Edwin ran a children's choir and several children's ensembles for two years till his studies in Manchester. He now frequently performs with 'pop-up' semi-professional choirs in London.


Piano


As a pianist Edwin has performed frequently, including in the Southbank Centre. He has a Licentiate diploma in piano performance (LRSM) from the ABRSM exam board.


Composition


Several of Edwin's compositions have been performed in public concerts, including a string quartet workshopped by the Danel Quartet, three choral pieces premiered by the choir Latin Name TBC, and 'Erasure' for bass clarinet, percussion and electronics perfomed at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Teaching

As a teacher, Edwin believes in introducing solid technical foundations to all his students in an enjoyable and approachable manner. He has had many excellent teachers over the years who not only taught him music but also the art of teaching. He accommodates the particular nature of each student and no two lessons are the same. Where the student shows interest, he enriches lessons with insights into music history and theory so that students can combine good technique with good understanding. He also has a keen interest in the psychology of music and performance and can help students practice efficiently and perform confidently.