Our Faculty

The academy places a large emphasis on the quality of its faculty. Our rigorous selection procedure has allowed us to have a group of renowned, versatile, and highly-experienced faculty. Find out more about our teaching team below.

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Sam Bidwell

Director, Founder & Piano Teacher (ENG, GER, FR)

Sam was trained as a classical concert pianist in Switzerland and the UK. Subsequent to his training, he has held teaching positions in Switzerland and the UK, alongside being active as a classical pianist, workshop leader and teaching consultant in various capacities throughout Europe. Between 2016 and 2020 he served as a director of a non-profit music charity in Basel, Switzerland, before founding the academy in 2020, which he current directs and teaches at. He also works in the UK and France, and serves on the board of several non-profit music charities. In his spare time, Sam loves exploring the alps by foot or skis, and is a keen traveller and international volunteer.


Favourite composer – Alexander Scriabin

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Greg Davies

Piano Teacher (ENG)

Greg has 30+ years of music and piano teaching experience internationally. He was trained on a full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, before receiving a BA and PGCE at several UK universities. Since then, Greg has taught and led the music and performance faculties at several international schools in the UK, Japan, Thailand, Italy and now Switzerland. Such work has entailed running large teaching faculties, teaching all levels, exam training, teacher training and large-scale event management. Greg currently directs the music department at a leading Swiss international school and also teaches piano part-time at Mountain Piano. Greg spends his free time with his wife and two girls, and is an avid skier, traveller and kitesurfer.

Favourite Composer - Fréderic Chopin

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Dilyana (Didi) Hristova

Piano Teacher (ENG, FR)

Didi boasts almost 30 years of music and piano teaching experience. She has held teaching positions at several international schools in Bulgaria, Kuwait and Switzerland, as well as being for 8 years a full-time lecturer at a University in Bulgaria. Didi is a highly versatile educator and musician – with roles including leading and conducting choirs, as a professional accompanist, production leader and as a concert pianist with impressive experience as a soloist and with orchestras. She holds a bachelor’s degree and several other diplomas from several leading music institutions in Bulgaria alongside having post-diploma certifications in music and psychology. Currently she teaches at Collège Alpin Pré Fleuri, Aiglon Collège and Mountain Piano. In her free time, she is a passionate hiker and runner.


Favourite composer – Fazil Say

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Michel Rembold

Visiting Teacher & Head of Advisory Council

Michel is a highly-regarded artistic personality in Switzerland and internationally, both as a teacher but also as a concert pianist. A likening to Richter and Michelangeli from an early age, receiving the coveted title of 'Steinway artist' and publishing award-winning recordings of the Beethoven Concertos alongside the Liszt and Chopin Sonatas with International Artists AIA are just a few of many examples of his artistic excellence and prominence. He was a member and professional trainer of aspiring pianists at the Swiss Music Pedagogical Association (SMPV) from 1997-2019, and for many years he has simultaneously directed the highly-renowned Piano Institute Frédéric Chopin in Switzerland. Michel is the head of the advisory council for the academy and is also visiting teacher in the form of leading our master-classes.

 

Favourite composer – Fréderic Chopin