Lindy Tennent-Brown was born and raised in New Zealand, trained as a pianist and linguist at Victoria University of Wellington, and moved to the UK in 1998 for postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. At the RNCM she studied piano with the pre-eminent British musicians, Margaret Fingerhut and Martin Roscoe, chamber music with the late, great, Dr Christopher Rowland, and won all the available prizes for accompaniment and répétiteur work. She was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Accompaniment 2000-01 and graduated with the RNCM’s highest accolade, the prestigious Professional Performance Diploma.
At the RNCM Lindy worked closely with composers Hans Werner Henze and John Corigliano on UK première performances of their work, and featured in several competitions, masterclasses, festivals, and concerts as both solo pianist and accompanist. She won the New Zealand National Piano Competition at Kerikeri in 2000. In 2001-03 Lindy held the Legal & General Junior Fellowship in Piano at the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied with John Blakely.
Until June 2019 Lindy based a successful freelance career in London, where she was in great demand as a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, répétiteur, concert curator, and music director. She worked as music staff for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Aldeburgh Productions, Glyndebourne Productions, English Touring Opera, and Opera Holland Park, with many of the great conductors of our time: Richard Farnes, Edward Gardner, Eun Sun Kim, Garry Walker, Martyn Brabbins, Baldur Brönniman, Thomas Rösner, Stuart Stratford, and Ryan Wigglesworth.
As an inaugural Wigmore Young Artist, Lindy made her début at Wigmore Hall in 2004 accompanying Anne Murray, DBE in a programme of lieder by Schumann and Mahler. Subsequent performances at Wigmore Hall and throughout the UK followed: chamber music with the Royal, Elias, and Belcea String Quartets, Michael Collins, Isabelle van Keulen, and Roger Vignoles; song recitals with Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Robert Murray, Wendy Dawn Thompson, and Simon Keenlyside; and a range of participation projects catering to a wide variety of levels and abilities. She replaced an indisposed Malcolm Martineau at short notice for concerts in the Greenwich Music Festival in Connecticut, and undertook several international tours as a member of pianocircus.
Alongside composer, Dominic Muldowney, and director, John Lloyd-Davies, Lindy worked on the development of new opera for ROH2 (the Royal Opera’s new work development department) 2005-12, leading skills-development workshops with composers and librettists interested in writing opera. Lindy was the founding music director of EXPOSURE, a sold-out contemporary opera scratch-night at the Linbury Studio Theatre, 2010-12. Alongside this, she played frequently for music theatre in London’s West End, clocking up more than twenty keyboard one chairs across a wide variety of shows: Oliver!, The Sound of Music, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Love Never Dies, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, and Annie, Get Your Gun, among others. She was music director of the critcially-acclaimed Bakkhai at the Almeida Theatre in 2015, featuring Ben Wishaw, Bertie Carvel and Kevin Harvey alongside ten extraordinary women singing new music by Orlando Gough, directed by James Macdonald.
Lindy has conducted world première seasons by Julian Philips (How the whale became – Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House 2013), Oscar-winner Anne Dudley (The owl and the pussycat – ROH/Mayor of London’s Secret London Festival 2012), and Evangelia Rigaki (Antimidas – Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin 2013). She took up the position of Head of Music with New Zealand Opera in July 2019, and now lives on the hills south of Auckland with her partner and two young daughters. It’s close enough to home (the King Country), the air is fresh, the vegetables abundant, and the view is fantastic.