Krystal Tunnicliffe

Krystal Tunnicliffe works at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Recently, she was the repetiteur/orchestral pianist for NI Opera/Lyric Theatre Belfast’s production of Sweeney Todd; and in April she won the prize for the best accompanist in the heats at the Melbourne National Liederfest.


Born in Melbourne, Krystal holds a Bachelor of Music from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, studying with Glenn Riddle, a Masters of Performance (Piano Accompaniment, with Distinction, and a Concert Recital Diploma for her final recital) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she later undertook a Junior Fellowship, studying with Andrew West, and A.Mus.A. and L.Mus.A. diplomas (with Distinction).


Krystal’s recent and upcoming engagements include performances in London, Cornwall, Ireland, Wales, Belgium and France (Notre Dame de Paris, Disneyland Paris, La Madeleine), including recitals at Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, and LSO St Luke’s. In January 2018 she performed Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles as a part of the BBC Total Immersion Day, later broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She was the concerto soloist for Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue for the Chorus of Dissent’s fifth anniversary concert. She has been a staff pianist at Arts Educational Schools, Guildford School of Acting, Millennium Performing Arts, the Victorian College of the Arts and Opera Scholars Australia.

Krystal is also passionate about music education and outreach, and maintains an active private studio of pupils aged eight-adulthood. She was a Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots Artist 2017-18, and has worked on education workshops for Glyndebourne Education Department, the London Bach Choir, the Prison Choir Project, and Kingston Music Service. She is the accompanist for the award-winning Bromley Boy Singers, is the staff pianist for the BAY Choral and Musical Theatre courses, and in Australia has worked with the Gondwana Voices.


Whilst at the Guildhall, Krystal participated in concerts curated by Iain Burnside, Richard Jackson, Eugene Asti, Jane Manning and Emanuele Moris, and masterclasses with Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Martin Katz, Gordon Back, Julian Milford, Sholto Kynoch, and Jan Willeme Neleke. In 2017, Krystal attended the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria, where she worked with Roger Vignoles, Andreas Schmidt, Julius Drake, Helmut Deutsch, Robert Holl, Wolfram Rieger, Birgid Steinberger, and Elly Ameling. Her studies have been gratefully supported by the Ian Potter Foundation, the TAIT Memorial Trust, and the University of Melbourne Trust (Welsford Smithers Memorial Travelling Scholarship, FW Homewood Scholarship, Cassidy Bequest Scholarship).