London-born Dimitri Kennaway
, ARCM, first learnt piano and theory from his mother and later studied extensively with the Swiss pianist and Rachmaninov pupil Albert Ferber (1911-1987). He studied for three years at the Royal College of Music (1977-1980), with Angus Morrison and Herbert Howells and was subsequently awarded two scholarships by the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, for further private studies. He gave his Wigmore Hall debut in 1986 and, in subsequent years, performed at The Purcell Room, The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Fairfield Hall. An important early influence was his late stepfather, the prominent British composer Benjamin Frankel (1906-1973). In more recent years, composition for the commercial sector has been an extensive part of his musical activities. He also teaches piano to private pupils and is accompanist to the Belsize Community Choir.