Eleanor Hodgkinson is an established soloist, chamber musician and educator. Her versatility has led to numerous collaborations with composers, dancers and writers. She regularly performs at major venues in the UK in addition to touring in Europe and North America. As a founder member of the Elgin Piano Trio she played throughout the UK to critical acclaim from 1999 to 2009. and currently plays with the Orchestra of the Swan, Mid-Wales Opera and members of the Harborough Collective. She has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Granada TV and has recorded for the Somm and Metier record labels.
A lecturer on the history of the piano, she has also written several education projects and “The Moon Ants Law”, was the recipient of a number of national grants. 2014 saw the launch of BabyGigs in Leicestershire, an increasingly popular series of concerts designed for babies and young children.
Eleanor studied piano at the Royal Northern College of Music and then specialised in piano accompaniment supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Subsequently, she was awarded a scholarship to study accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music, completing her studies in 1998. Additional scholarships enabled her to attend the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove and the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, where she undertook a residency with her piano trio in 2001.
Eleanor is a Visiting Tutor in Piano at Royal Holloway, University of London and teaches piano and chamber music at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. She is an examiner for the ABRSM both in the UK and abroad, and, in 2014, obtained an MA in Music Psychology at the University of Sheffield.