Profile

Amber Rainey has worked as a pianist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Stroma, New Zealand Opera, Chamber Music New Zealand and the New Zealand School of Music. In other official capacities she has worked as an adjudicator for various competitions in the North Island.

In 2009, after graduating from the University of Auckland with first class honours and as top scholar in performance, Amber moved to London to train at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Here she placed first in the conservatoire’s accompaniment competition and graduated from her master’s degree in Chamber Music and Vocal Accompaniment with distinction. After working at the Guildhall as a professional accompanist, she was then offered a fellowship position in 2012.

In 2015, the National Opera Studio, London, promoted Amber as an Emerging Artist. Here she undertook training as a repetiteur and vocal coach and participated in company residencies at Welsh National Opera and Opera North, Leeds.

Her teaching experience includes working with piano students of all ages and levels since 2004 as well as classroom music. A number of her private students have been awarded junior and senior school music scholarships. She has taught in three universities, as well as primary schools and colleges, with 70 weekly students in 2017. Amber has vocal coached and taught from first year – masters level at the New Zealand School of Music and also enjoys coaching chamber music.

An excerpt from Beethoven's Cello Sonata No.3 in A Major, Op 69

Lesson Info

Piano and Theory Lessons in Churton Park and Upper Hutt

All levels and ages

Suzuki method for young beginners
Concert and competition experience
Examination boards followed: NZMEB, ABRSM and Trinity
NCEA and University performance preparations

Enquire for 2020 Studio Policy, term dates and fees

For Accompaniment, Chamber Music Coaching, Instrumental Coaching and Vocal Coaching - please enquire


Mother Carey from Frederick Keel’s Salt-Water Ballads

Testimonials

'Amber is one of the most talented, dedicated and hard-working musicians I’ve ever had the pleasure to collaborate with. An exemplary musician, her passion and knowledge of the Art Song and operatic repertoire is extensive and she will motivate and inspire you both in the studio and in performance on the concert platform. Whether you are looking for a teacher, a coach or an accompanist, Amber is one of the very best.'
Alexandra Hutton
Principal Soprano, Deutsche Oper Berlin

‘Amber is an absolutely amazing piano teacher. She changed and improved my skills beyond what I thought I could ever achieve. She is the best teacher I have ever had, and I was devastated when she moved back to New Zealand. Amber was always supportive, kind, helpful and never got cross. I would really recommend her as a piano teacher – she completely changed my love for piano from not too much to loads and I passed my exams with flying colours!’
Evie, 12
Junior Music Scholar, London

'I loved being taught by Miss Rainey. Within weeks of starting to learn with her, she had whipped my exam pieces (which I had been playing for months with little improvement) into shape and got me through the exam with a better mark than I had thought possible. During my time with her, Miss Rainey’s knowledge of music and skill in teaching hugely improved my playing and musicality. What I really enjoyed most about learning with Miss Rainey, however, was the fun we had in lessons. She is very kind, funny and interesting and I always looked forward to our time together.'
Oliver, 13
Secondary School Student, Kent

'Amber is a completely dedicated and inspirational vocal coach. Every session was productive and I left with new ideas on how to approach stylistic, technical and language based vocal concepts. Not only is she a skilled pianist, but her knowledge of the voice extends far beyond the role of accompanist. Amber is an incredible coach and individual. I have no hesitation in recommending her as a vocal coach, your music making will forever be enriched!'
Pasquale, 22
Emerging Young Artist, New Zealand Opera

'Having lessons from Miss Rainey is one of my highlights from my secondary school years. I was losing interest in the piano, as I had been playing for many years, but was struggling to find that interest again. Within our first few lessons, I had found my enthusiasm for the piano again, and that’s all due to Miss Rainey as a teacher. Her passion for music and all aspects of playing the piano is unparalleled, and as a teacher, she helped me discover what I really loved about playing the piano, and aided me in developing my creativity so I could be confident enough to create and play on my own. Every session was hugely enjoyable and productive, and I always looked forward to my lessons with her, she is a brilliant and inspiring teacher.'
Noah, 16
National Music Scholar, London


An excerpt from Turina’s Piano Trio No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 76

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