Associate Pianist, The Royal Ballet

Fixed Term Contract- 9 months

Salary £27,352.00 pro rata p.a. for the fixed term

The Royal Ballet is seeking an Associate Pianist. Applications for Associate Pianist role are invited from pianists aspiring to gain experience of the particular skills required to play for professional ballet class and rehearsals. Reporting to the Head of Music, the Associate Pianist will be required to play for class and rehearsal, as scheduled, with opportunities for additional coaching from members of Music Department. The post is offered as a fixed term contract for 9 months during the main ballet season, from September 2024 - May 2025.

Reporting to the Head of Music, the successful applicant will have directed study and preparation to gain experience of The Royal Ballet repertoire and of playing for scheduled class and rehearsals, as well as other events with The Royal Ballet. The programme includes coaching and guidance on building networks relevant to the role and the profession.

The ideal candidate will be a professional team player with these qualities:

  • A high level of pianism and general musicianship, and a good understanding of the dance-music relationship
  • Some experience of playing for professional ballet class and rehearsal or ability to demonstrate in audition the skills required to achieve this in a short space of time
  • Ability to develop a broad knowledge of the classical ballet repertoire
  • Ability to respond in a positive way to feedback and direction, and to demonstrate effective teamwork and harmonious working relationships
  • The flexibility to be available for scheduled classes and rehearsals
  • Commitment to managing own learning and continuous professional development relevant to the role

The Royal Opera House is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone can thrive. We particularly welcome applications from those who are from a global majority background and/or those who are disabled, as they are under-represented within our organisation. As a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential minimum criteria for our vacancies.

A full job description and ROH information pack is attached below. If you have any access requirements for your application, please contact the ROH Recruitment Team on

Closing Date for applications: 8am, Friday 26th April 2024.

Auditions will be held on: Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th May 2024.

Applicants must have work authorisation for the UK.

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