Warren Mailley-Smith

Warren Mailley-Smith embodies the Modern Romantic Concert Pianist

Musical Opinion

In 2016 Warren Mailley-Smith became the first British pianist to perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano from memory in a series of 11 recitals at St John’s Smith Square. Hailed by the critics as an “epic achievement”, Mailley-Smith will repeat the series across the UK in coming seasons. 

He has given acclaimed solo recitals at The Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and has performed for the British Royal Family on numerous occasions and he is now one of the busiest concert pianists in the UK today, giving over 100 solo public performances each year to over 30,000 people.

During the Coronavirus Pandemic he was at the forefront of developing online streaming to support musicians’ livelihoods, launching CityMusic Live.

A passionate chamber musician, he is Artistic Director of both the Piccadilly Chamber Music Series and The Piccadilly Sinfonietta. Most recently he has been appointed Concert Pianist in Residence at St Mary le Strand and Artistic Director of The Strand International Piano Series.

His career has taken him all over the world, with solo performances in Australia, Europe and most recently solo tours in China and the USA.  He is a popular soloist on the UK concert scene and performs regularly in music societies, festivals, schools and concert halls throughout the uk and abroad and as guest artist on many of the world’s most famous cruise liners.

He has 30 piano concertos in his repertoire, having made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Warren’s growing discography has made an impact on critics, broadcasters and the public alike. His recordings have been featured by Classic FM as CD of the Week and his recordings are featured regularly on Classic FM and the BBC.  He is currently recording the complete works of Chopin over a 4-year period for a 12-disc set for Sleeveless Records.

Warren studied with some of the world’s leading pedagogues, including Peter Feuchtwanger, Ronald Smith and John Barstow at The Royal College Of Music. He is now in increasing demand himself as teacher in both masterclasses and private lessons. He teaches at Royal College of Music Junior Departments and tutors on a number of residential courses, including Finchcocks, Pro Corda, Piano Week and Pianissimi, in addition to giving masterclasses and adjudications throughout the UK and further afield.

“Rapidly establishing himself as one of the best pianists of his generation Warren Mailley-Smith is that rare exceptional talent who turns out to be utterly charming and down to earth with a gentle, self-depreciating sense of humour. Combined with his formidable technical skill and mature musicality, these attributes have made him a favourite for both audiences and St Martin’s staff alike.”  St Martin in the Field, Staff Pick of the Month