Ardtornish Piano Retreat
in association with Gordon Bell Pianos Ltd Aberdeen
If you would like a brochure and more information for next piano retreat at Ardtornish please email:
Save the dates for next year's retreat:
18th of June - 23rd of June 2022
2023: 17th of June – 22nd of June
2024: 15th of June- 20th of June
2025 : 30th of June-5th of July
2026: 29th of June- 4th of July
Feedback from one of our participants:
The Ardtornish Piano Retreat sums up my experience beautifully- "unforgettable musical journey in the remote and stunning Morvern Hills of Argyll."
I have had a wonderful time and loved every single minute. Such joy with Anca and Quintin. We learned so much individually, in group lessons and with each other. We were totally spoiled in the fabulous house.
I'm counting the sleeps until next year
Our gratitude to Matthew Ash and Kawai UK for their support is endless. Many thanks Steve Butler (Butler Smith Specialist Carriers) for delivering our beautiful pianos to such a remote part of Scotland! The GX-3 grand piano and the two Kawai upright pianos they supplied were brand new and loved by our performers and participants.
The retreat is an annual gathering for amateur pianists of all standards (any age) to develop, perform and be inspired in the spectacular Ardtornish Estate. We offer one on one lessons, group music, rhythm and movement sessions, masterclasses, informal concerts for participants and formal concerts for you to enjoy beautiful music in one of Scotland's finest country houses. Concerts and lessons will take place in the house and our participants and guests artists will perform on a beautiful brand new GX3 Kawai Grand Piano. Our participants will have access to excellent brand new Kawai upright pianos in all the practice rooms.
Meals throughout the week will be prepared by our resident chef. Jamie has worked in the catering industry for over twenty years across the UK including the kitchens of Buckingham Palace.
Kawai Gx 3 Piano
A very special message from Graeme: Too many thanks to number, Anca, for inviting me to the party. I'm in awe of your care, energy, enthusiasm and sheer wonderfulness. The company of guest artists, participants and you and Quintin, our attentive hosts, was a delight over the past couple of days. Thanks too to Jamie and family for fine food and welcoming embraces.
I just love coming to Ardtornish and being with yourselves and the attendees. The food was lovely as usual, the classes were really enjoyable and most of all I actually performed at every performance/masterclass. Progress is being made! ( Sheila)
The Ardtornish Piano Retreat could not stop talking about our concert yesterday. The wonderful Christopher Baxter and Geoffrey Tanti’s Schubert Fantasie was played so beautifully it left one of our participants in tears. Luckily they had Lavignac’s “Galop-marche a huit mains” with a little help from Graeme McNaught and Ancuta Nite (What a line up!) as an encore to bring the smiles and cheers of joy back to the audience!
Ian and Quintin
First of all thank you so much for a wonderful time at Ardtornish for a third year. It was lovely meeting up with retreat friends again. I think the overall running of the retreat works wonderfully. The eight hand recital was one of a kind which I will remember forever! (Elizabeth)
Andrew and Quintin
Moira and Quintin
Mary and Quintin
Jeunnesse Tan joined us all the way from Singapore:
I am so thankful to be here at Ardtornish! Your patience, talent, gentleness and passion is amazing! Thank you for your patient guidance, all your wonderful advices. Oh yes! Thank you for organising the retreat! Both you and Quintin have been working so hard! Really very grateful!
James playing Chopin
Fali Pavri, Associate Head of Keyboard and Professor of Piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Fali performed Bach/Busoni, Beethoven, Chopin, Mayer, Schubert.
"I really enjoyed the whole experience. It was a real pleasure to play on the lovely Kawai which I found really responsive, with a warm and lively tone that really suited the acoustics of the room and the programme that I was playing. Thanks again for making us feel so welcome."
Hugh and Kate
Callum and Quintin
Missy and Quintin
We are always spoiled with amazing food prepared by our chef Jamie
Hugh and Quintin