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Kenneth Van Barthold

Kenneth Van Barthold

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 Kenneth CV

Marital Status: Married. Four children.

Listings: Men of Achievement: International Who’s Who in Music: Dictionary of Pianists.


Concert Pianist: Recitals in France, Israel, Canada, Eire, UK. Broadcasting, Television, Recitals, Concertos including frequent appearances on the South Bank. Kenneth is an acknowledged specialist on the Fortepiano.

Recording: Decca, Argo and Darmo.

Television: Critics Award 1972. 21 Major Documentaries for BBC TV.

Teaching: Senior Piano Tutor, ILEA 1990 - 1983.
Head of Music, City Lit Centre for Adult Studies 1983 - 1960.
Professor of Piano, Trinity College of Music 1965 - 1959.

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Master Classes & Workshops: In Canada and Israel and throughout UK.

Adjudication: International Juries in France and Canada.

Writing: Co-author "The Story of the Piano" BBC Publications 1976. Reviewer BBC Music Magazine, various articles.

Singing: As boy treble, Gold Medallist, Royal School of Church Music. By command to Queen Mary.

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Laureat du Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris.
LRAM, Performers.
School Certificate: Matriculation Exemption (1944)
Higher Certificate: Political Science, English, Music (1946)
Current Holder of Driving Licence: Classes A, D & E.
GLC Licence, Class 9a, small coaches.

Languages: Dutch: language of my childhood, adequate but rusty. French: fluent, both written and spoken (I have taken Master Classes and adjudicated in it).

Committees: I have served at various times on Standing Conference on Amateur Music (National Executive), Incorporated Society of Musicians (Executive, Finance and twice Chairman of ad hoc committees). South West Arts (Music Panel).
Professional Association: Incorporated Society of Musicians.


1952 - 1948: Paris National Conservatoire of Music. British and French Government Scholar. Piano Class of Yves Nat. Solfege Georges Becker. Private Tuition with Paul Maurice (Prix de Rome) in Harmony, Figured Bass, Counterpoint, Fugue and Composition.
1946 - 1941: Music Scholar, Bryanston School
1941 - 1936: Betteshanger School
1936 - 1933: Tjandi School, Semarang, Indonesia. (Dutch-speaking)

Date of Birth: 10.12.1927. Dutch mother - English father. I have taken my mother’s name by Deed Poll (1954).


1990 - 1983: Senior Piano Tutor, ILEA Centre for Young Musicians.
1994 - 1983: Lecturer on 19th & 20th Cent. Opera, Wimbledon School of Art.
1966 - : Piano Tutor, Edinburgh University International Summer School.
The Edinburgh University Summer School Course is highly intensive and specialised and draws in students from all over the world, mainly young professionals. In the past twenty years they have come from the USA, Canada, Malaysia, Italy, France, Belgium and Germany as well as from the United Kingdom.
— - 1959: Piano Tutor, City Lit Centre for Adult Studies.
At the City Lit Centre for Adult Studies I take two piano classes. One, at Post-Graduate level, contains post music college performers and specialist piano teachers as well as occasional students who have come to study with me from abroad. The other class is for advanced amateurs.
1983 - 1960: Head of Music, City Lit Centre for Adult Studies, Acting Vice-Principal 1974 one term, 1975 two terms.
1965 - 1959: Professor of Piano, Trinity College of Music.
1948 - 1946: Military Service, Intelligence Corps, Egypt. (APIU)


As a keen young sportsman I played rugby for England Schools at Cardiff Arms Park, British Army Egypt and Rosslyn Park. As a high hurdler I was AAA South of England Junior Champion (1945) London Senior Champion (1946). In 1945 I was the fastest schoolboy recorded over 100 yards (evens) and ran for the London Athletic Club for two seasons.

Hobbies: Cooking and eating, especially French and Indonesian dishes. Reading in French and English on my subject and its background as well as novels, philosophical political and occult works and thrillers. Talking and speculative argument. I like theatre-going (I was a keen amateur actor). Member of RSPB and National Trust.

My wife is a lecturer in Classics and Mediaeval Latin at Reading University and we both enjoy visiting places of archaeological, classical, mediaeval and musical interest.

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