Thalia Myers has earned an international reputation as an exceptional pianist of wide-ranging musical sympathies. She has performed and broadcast as soloist and chamber musician in over thirty countries; she is dedicated equally to disseminating new works and reviving neglected older repertoire. Her repertoire and solo recordings, most recently on the Metronome, NMC and Usk labels, encompass music from the eighteenth century to the present and include six albums of contemporary works for solo piano. A lifelong champion of new music, she has commissioned over a hundred and seventy five new works and given many first performances and première broadcasts throughout the world.
In 1995 Thalia Myers’ combined interests in contemporary music, music education and the promotion of amateur music-making led her to commission the first of the award-winning Spectrum anthologies of short, musically uncompromising, technically accessible piano pieces from some of the world’s finest composers. Published in 1996 by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, this was followed by Spectrum 2 (1999), Spectrum 3 (2001), Spectrum 4 (2005), Spectrum for Piano Duet (2012) and Spectrum 5 (2016). In 2000, collaborating with the Royal College of Music Junior Department, Bath Spa University College and COMA (contemporary music-making for all) she commissioned the Chamber Music Exchange, works of similar purpose for piano trio, string quartet and wind quintet. The Chamber Music Exchange is housed in the British Music Collection at Sound and Music.
Born in the West of England, Thalia Myers received her musical education at the Royal College of Music, London, where she was a pupil of Cyril Smith. She later studied with Ilona Kabos and Peter Feuchtwanger. Her widespread teaching experience has incorporated working with students (Royal Holloway, University of London) children (the Royal College of Music Junior Department) and professional performers; she has given numerous master classes in the UK and overseas. She has directed projects with composition students at conservatoires and universities internationally; these have included the University of Toronto, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and, in London, the Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban and the Royal Academy of Music.