Derek Williams - Keyboard Teacher

Derek Williams is a keyboard tutor based in Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

Contact Derek Williams

Location Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

In person in Edinburgh Central (parking nearby), or online over Skype:


DBS Certified for all ages

      (Edinburgh University, Scotland)


      (Auckland University, New Zealand)


      (Fellow of Trinity College, London – Piano & Composition)


      (Licentiate in Music, London – Composition)


      (Diploma in Teaching, New South Wales Department of Education, Australia)


    (Diploma in Teaching, New Zealand Department of Education)

Reach your goals in: Classical, Jazz, Popular, Rock, Blues, Latin
Option to video record your lessons for later review.


  • Piano
  • Theory of Music
  • Composition
  • Arranging
  • Orchestration
  • Using Sibelius® to score music
  • Setting up your home studio using Cubase®

Intermediate to LRSM & FTCL Diploma standard, as well as postgraduate university level for Composition and Orchestration

16 and over

– free initial consultation
– lessons start from £25 per session, discounts for longer term bookings in advance


  • Private Piano & Theory of Music teaching practice in New Zealand and Scotland
  • Associated Staff of The University of Edinburgh – Lecturer, Tutor, Examiner in Composition & Orchestration
  • Associated Staff of The University of Auckland – Lecturer, Tutor, Examiner in Harmony & Aural Training
  • Lecturer in Music Technology at Sydney Community College, Australia
  • School Teacher of Music, Computing Studies & English in Australia and New Zealand


  • Edinburgh University Music Department Jazz Composers Group, Pianist, Composer (2015)
  • Medea – opera, Pianist, Composer (Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Reid Hall 2014)
  • Jake Howarth – Rhapsody For Two Pianos, 2nd Pianist, Edinburgh University Composers’ Orchestra (2012)
  • Tidemarks Concert – Suzanne Parry John, Dumfries, Piano Accompanist (2012)
  • Julien Lonchamp – Verso-Tempo, and Fall of a Window Cleaner, Edinburgh & Glasgow, Conductor (2011-12)
  • Quintet For Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Cello & Piano – Artisan Quintet, Composer (2011)
  • Piano Quintet No 1 – Seiras Quintet, Rome, Composer (2011)
  • De Novo – for Ryan Somerville, Conductor (2010)
  • Fortune & Men’s Eyes Octet,String Theories – Kings Space London, Composer (2009)
  • Caroline O’Connor:
        – Official Opening, Melbourne Hamer Hall, Arranger/Orchestrator (2012)

    Showgirl Within

        – Garrick Theatre, London, Arranger/Orchestrator (2009)
        – Australia Day – New York Embassy (2008)

    Night of 1000 Voices

        – Royal Albert Hall (2007)

    Tribute to Garland

        – Taronga Park, Sydney, Arranger, Keyboardist (2005)

    End of the Rainbow

      – Sydney Opera House, Arranger/Orchestrator, Assistant Producer (2005)
  • Faust – Répétiteur, Offstage Conductor, Edinburgh Grand Opera (2008)
  • Opera Shorts – Répétiteur, Recordist (2008)
  • Salad Days – Musical Director, Répétiteur, Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group (2007)
  • Frank Holden Big Band – Musical Director, Pianist (2007-present)
  • The Edinburgh Quartet:

    Mature Boy

        – Composer, Raymond Monelle Conference (2011)

    Caledonian Quartet

      – Composer (2007-2009)
  • Araluen Receptions – Resident Pianist (1995-2006)
  • Studio session freelance pianist and keyboardist Sydney, Australia (1986-2006)
  • Lulu – Musical Director, Arranger, Répétiteur, Pianist (1996)
  • Fornicon – Arranger, Graham Murphy Sydney Dance Company – Sydney Opera House (1995)
  • Berlin – Arranger, Graham Murphy Sydney Dance Company – Sydney Opera House (1995)
  • Phantom of the Opera – Keyboards, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd (1995)
  • Nunsense – Répétiteur, Keyboards (1991)
  • Grace Knight – Arranger, Musical Director, Pianist (1990)
  • Thirteen Daughters, Hawaiian Theatre, Honolulu – Arranger, Recordist (1989)
  • Debbie Newsome – Arranger, Musical Director, Pianist (1989)
  • Kate Ceberano – Arranger, Session Conductor, also with Wendy Matthews – Keyboards ABC TV Special (1988-89)
  • History of Australia (Manning Clark) – Arranger (1988)
  • Rasputin – Keyboards, Associate Chorus Master (1987)
  • Cinderella – Musical Director, Répétiteur, Pianist (1987)
  • Cats – The Really Useful Theatre Company, Keyboards Player (1985-6 & 1994)
  • Roman Scandals – Sydney Theatre Restaurants, Musical Director, Répétiteur, Arranger, Pianist (1985-86)
  • Solid Gold Show – Australia’s Wonderland Theme Park, Musical Director, Musical Supervisor, Répétiteur, Keyboardist (1985-86)
  • Australian Singing Competition – Arranger/Orchestrator (1985-89)
  • Aloha – Musical Director, Arranger/Orchestrator (1983-85)
  • Oklahoma – Musical Director, Répétiteur and Keyboardist (1983)
  • Sir Howard Morrison Television New Zealand Entertainer of the Year Award Tour – Keyboards (1982)
  • Earthfire – Rotorua District Centennial Celebrations, Keyboards & Associate MD (1980)
  • Godspell – Musical Director, Répétiteur and Keyboardist (1980)
  • Jesus Christ Superstar! – Répétiteur and Keyboardist (1979)
  • Auckland University Festival Choir – World Tour, Chorister (1972)

Derek Williams has over 40 years professional experience teaching Piano and Theory of Music to private students, and Music at high schools, technical colleges and at universities. Those of his private students who have opted to enter for examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College of Music London have always passed, with many achieving distinction grades. Since 2007, he has been on the Associated Staff of The University of Edinburgh as Lecturer, Tutor and Examiner in Composition and Orchestration and is regularly called upon as performer, arranger and conductor in Classical, Pop and Jazz genres.

Alongside his career as an educator, Derek Williams has been self-employed variously as composer, conductor, musical director and record producer for a range of international clients, including The University of Edinburgh and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, EMI Music, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Caroline O’Connor, Sir Robert Helpmann, Sir Howard Morrison. His work has featured in performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Royal Albert Hall and Garrick Theatre (London), Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Hamer Hall (Australia), the Australian Embassy (New York), Sala Accademica di Santa Cecilia (Rome) and Edinburgh University.

Derek Williams has been orchestrator, associate composer, musician for 21 feature films, television documentaries, mini series, and 15 album titles and has been a frequent conductor of studio orchestras, including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for the feature film Frauds. Many of the media to which he has contributed have themselves achieved critical and popular acclaim, including BAFTA Award (The Making of Longbird), Best Film Score (Crush), an Oscar (Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert), Triple Platinum record sales (Come In Spinner – ABC) and an Australian Aria Award nomination (Cash Landing – EMI Music).

Stars in films Derek Williams has orchestrated include Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Phil Collins, Josephine Byrnes, Lee Majors, Jack Scalia, Bob Peck, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp. I worked with Torvill & Dean as arranger and pianist for their album Here We Stand. He has likewise performed extensively as keyboardist, including over 400 performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show Cats (Really Useful Theatre Company) and Phantom of the Opera (Cameron Mackintosh Limited), and as musical director for various independent productions.

Derek Williams Studio - side shotDerek Williams StudioDerek Williams - ConductorConducting 'Salad Days' student production rehearsal at Edinburgh University

Contact Derek Williams

Location Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

Audio Tracks

Moonlight Serenade

Audio MP3

'Frauds' movie

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