Lloyd Buck – Biography

Lloyd Buck

Lloyd Buck is an talented and experienced classical pianist, teacher, conductor, and composer. He graduated with a BMus in piano performance from the Royal College of Music in 2006, working with Niel Immelman and John Byrne, and he obtained a MMus in piano performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2010, where he graduated with distinction under the tutelage of Paul Janes. During his studies, he benefited from masterclasses with a number of distinguished artists, including Stephen Hough, Bernard d’Ascoli and Graham Scott. Since graduating, Lloyd has enjoyed a varied career comprising piano teaching, solo performances, recording, accompanying, conducting, and composing. He is based in Northwest England.

He has performed as soloist at many prestigious venues including St Martin in the Fields and St James’ Piccadilly in London, the Colston Hall and St George’s Brandon Hill in Bristol, and the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

He made his concerto debut playing Martin Ellerby’s ‘Cabaret Concerto’ with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band at the Royal Northern College of Music, and was also highly commended in the college’s own concerto competition in 2010.

Lloyd has recorded two CDs, released by Amemptos Music – ‘Adventures with Alkan, featuring solo piano music by Alkan, including two premiere recordings, and The Forgotten Romantic – Keyboard Works of Sergei Bortkiewicz’, an exploration of the relatively unknown piano music of the Ukrainian composer.

Lloyd has frequently worked as an accompanist. He currently plays for Vocal Expressions Ladies Choir near Holmfirth, and previously worked as accompanist at the Bristol Schools Chamber Choir. He also has experience accompanying dance students, having previously worked at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester. Lloyd has accompanied many instrumental and vocal soloists and worked on a wide range of repertoire, with styles as diverse as baroque opera, German lieder and Cole Porter. He has accompanied solo concerts at Australia House, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and at St George’s Brandon Hill and the Colston Hall in Bristol.

Lloyd also works as a conductor. For 10 years, he conducted a small ‘a capella’ choir near Bristol, and conducted the Wrington Vale Choral Society before moving to Manchester to commence postgraduate studies at the RNCM. He is now the Conductor of the Barnby Choir in Wilmslow, and Musical Director of Ellesmere Port Music Society, whom he has conducted in performances of major works with orchestra, including the Verdi Requiem, A German Requiem by Brahms, Karl Orff’s Carmina Burana, and major works by Mozart.

Lloyd is also a composer, and writes ‘tuneful and tonal’ works ranging from short solo pieces and ‘a capella’ motets to large scale choral and orchestral material. He often performs his own piano music in recitals, and one of his motets appears on the CD ‘Excelsior’ which has been released by Amemptos Music.

In recent years Lloyd has focussed on choral conducting and piano teaching, and developed effective techniques for giving online piano lessons during the COID-19 pandemic.