Cardiff Piano Academy was founded by James Saldivar BMus (hons) DipLCM MISM. James studied classical piano performance with Irish concert pianist Mary Dullea at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, winning the prestigious Mary Rees Chopin Prize whilst still an undergraduate student there. As a classical soloist, James has performed in The U. S. and more recently in Cologne, Germany as well as his native UK. James has a wealth of experience in accompanying and conducting choirs, as well as accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists. Outside of classical music, James performs as a keyboard vocalist with his jazz trio and pop/funk five piece band for functions. James is also a songwriter (R&B/Soul/Pop) currently working on an album with his originals band - SALDIVA.
With over twelve years of teaching experience (and fully DBS checked), James is passionate about music education. Each lesson is delivered with the goal of making students passionate about their playing, disciplined in their practice and fully aware of the steps they need to take in order to improve.
Cardiff Piano Academy takes on students of all ages and abilities. Students can choose to study classical, jazz or popular music, or mix and match according to their own personal goals. Music theory, composition/songwriting and aural skills are all subjects students are actively encouraged to study alongside their piano playing.
ABRSM and Trinity Syllabi (classical, jazz, theory) are used for those wishing to take exams and student are also invited (with no pressure) to perform at informal concerts organised once a term.
Lessons are held in Pontcanna, with coffee shops and Victoria and Thompson Parks just a short walk away. There is plenty of on street parking (no resident parking permit needed) and a waiting room too.