New Zealand-born piano virtuoso and composer Charmaine Ford has blazed a trail of awards confirming she is indeed one of New Zealand’s most distinguished musicians. She has also released two self-penned jazz albums, showcasing her extraordinary talent.
Charmaine has played the piano professionally since her mid teens and has been composing since the age of six. At age 19, she was awarded a Travel Grant Scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) to study in London. There, Charmaine spent three months learning from two of England’s top jazz educators, Nikki Iles and Pete Churchill, while also taking lessons from one of the world’s leading classical pianists, (the late) Professor Yonty Soloman.
Ford has performed and toured extensively throughout Australasia and has appeared on New Zealand National Television several times including ‘Dancing with the Stars’. She has been invited to play at many of New Zealand’s international jazz festivals, as well as performing in concert with ‘The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’. In addition to her staggering list of achievements, Charmaine appears on numerous recordings covering a wide variety of genres.
Since moving from New Zealand to Sydney in 2008, Ford has rapidly become in demand as a performer, educator and session musician. “Nothing could have prepared me for this young pianist’s spell-binding virtuosity” BAY OF PLENTY TIMES, NZ