“That girl is one Rolls Royce pianist.
What she can’t do with a Steinway is not worth knowing.”
– mezzo-soprano, after an audition for Greek (Mark Anthony Turnage)
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 United Kingdom in 1998 for postgraduate study. At the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester she studied with Margaret Fingerhut, Martin Roscoe, and Christopher Rowland, and won all the available prizes for accompaniment and répétiteur work. She held the RNCM 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. She was mentored by Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles on the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Snape.
As an inaugural Wigmore Young Artist, Lindy made her début at Wigmore Hall in 2004 accompanying Anne Murray, DBE. 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. 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.
Lindy is in great demand as a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, répétiteur, concert curator, music director, and piano teacher. She has 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 and directors of our time: Tim Albery, Richard Farnes, James Macmillan, Katie Mitchell, and Garry Walker, among others.
Lindy worked on the development of new opera for ROH2 (the Royal Opera’s new work development department) 2005-12, co-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. She has conducted world première seasons by Julian Philips, Evangelia Rigaki, and Oscar-winner Anne Dudley, and 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 been engaged as a rehearsal, audition, and workshop pianist for music theatre in London’s West End, and has clocked up more than twenty keyboard one chairs as a deputy player across a wide variety of shows. She performed as part of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018.
In June 2019 Lindy returned to New Zealand to take up the position of Head of Music with New Zealand Opera. In her time with NZO, she re-designed the company’s artist development programme and curated and performed a series of gala concerts throughout New Zealand. She now bases a successful freelance career from her home studio in Clevedon, south-east of Auckland.