A tribute to Malcolm Troup

Sidney Harrison often used to talk about two of his prize students -Norma Fisher and his mature Canadian student Malcolm Troup at the Guildhall,just after the war.
He boasted that Malcolm had married a Chilean princess which did not surprise him in the slightest,as he had quite a unique character.

His daughter Wendela confirmed that today in her moving eulogy,where she described him on his last journey,with a wink,asking for a glass of champagne.

Champagne was offered to all those present in the vestry after the service today,as a loving gesture from his family.
Malcolm undoubtedly enjoying every moment of it too.
I took refuge in the nearby Coach and Horses to write a few heartfelt words about a friend while Champagne was being offered to his friends in the vestry!
What a life!
It was many years later that Sidney boasted about another student of his,who graduating with him at the RAM ,went on to build and run a theatre/concert hall in Rome with his famous Italian wife Ileana Ghione.She had been his pupil in Siena -he rarely returned to England for almost 30 years.

It was in the 80’s that Ileana and I were invited to the Troups house in Gloucester Road for a private recital for EPTA of the renowned Italian pianist Marcella Crudeli.
At last I got to meet Malcolm Troup and his adorable wife Carmen.
Malcolm and I became colleagues and I would often see him at the annual recitals of our mutual friend Alberto Portugheis.
I remember one memorable occasion where Malcolm sat,unshakable,like the perfect gentleman he was ,during an unforgettable performance of the Liszt Sonata with nine fingers -the tenth had a trigger in it !
His lovely wife died and he somehow never forgave himself that they had been on a holiday just before,which he thought had tired her unnecessarily.

My wife died too -on stage – and Malcolm and I became friends.
Today I said goodbye to a friend with the celestial sounds of the Fauré Requiem in the sumptuous surrounds of Farm Street Church in Mayfair.
It had been a haven for him and his wife for their many years together and at last,this Christmas,they are united there again.

Sep 09, 2021

A care home in Newbury has captured the moment a resident heard his favourite piano piece, after introducing them to music therapy. 

The emotional video was taken as the team at Care UK’s Winchcombe Place, on Maple Crescent, played his own rendition of Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus to resident and former professional pianist, composer and Head of Music Department at City, University of London, Malcolm Troup.


The regular session now forms part of the home’s efforts to encourage residents to reminisce while enjoying old hobbies. Music therapy, which Malcolm championed throughout his life as Governor of the Music Therapy Charity for 30 years, is especially powerful for residents like him, whose life has revolved around an instrument for many years, and can trigger happy memories while giving residents an alternative way to communicate their thoughts and feelings. 

The home has also hosted a number of music-themed events this year, including a World Piano Day celebration and World Music Day event. 

Malcolm said: “I was delighted to hear my recording again.”

Kerry Thompson, Home Manager at Winchcombe Place, said: “We always go above and beyond to support residents, encouraging them to continue enjoying old hobbies where possible and helping them to do so. 

“Malcolm has lived an incredibly rich life – he’s travelled across the world, and his list of achievements, whether academic or musical, is nothing short of extraordinary. A large part of his life has revolved around playing piano, so it’s no surprise music therapy has proven so beneficial for him.

 “It was heartwarming to witness Malcolm’s reaction to his favourite piece being played, and you could see from the look on his face just how much it meant to him. We’re looking forward to continuing implementing music therapy at the home and supporting Malcolm to enjoy the thing he loves most – the piano.”
 Born in 1930 in Toronto, Canada, Malcolm’s interest in piano started when he very young. A talented pianist, he began composing his own songs aged nine, quickly earning a scholarship at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, then making his debut as a professional pianist in Germany eight years later, having studied with some of the country’s most famous musicians. 

Throughout his critically-acclaimed career, Malcolm received a number of distinctions, including a Commonwealth Medal in 1955 as well as an International Music Award. Praised for his technical skills, he also travelled across the world to play, in locations including South America, Eastern Europe, Middle-East and Europe. 

A scholar, Malcolm was also the Director of Music of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama between 1970 and 1975, and remains an Emeritus Professor at City, University of London, where he created a BSc Honours Degree Course in Music. He also chaired many high-profile music societies, including the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, the European Piano Teachers’ Association and the International Ernest Bloch Society.

Malcolm Troup

The pianist, academic and teacher Malcolm Troup was born in Toronto on 22 February 1930. He studied with Alberto Guerrero and later with Walter Gieseking. He has performed all over the world and recorded for RCA Victor and Continuum. His performance of Messiaen‘s Vingt Regards was judged ‘notably perceptive … with splendid panache’ by The Financial Times.

Troup has been Director of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was awarded his own chair at City University. He holds the Commonwealth Medal, an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and the 1998 Liszt Medal from the AmericanLiszt Society. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 1999 and is a former chairman of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe.

Articles about Malcolm Troup

Jerome Rose – In the build-up to New York’s International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Richard Meszto writes about the festival’s founder

Great Ideas – Malcolm Miller reports on the 2014 BPSE Intercollegiate Competition, and winner Mihai Ritivoiu

A Beethoven Sandwich – Malcolm Troup’s recital, heard by Julian Jacobson, also featured Bloch and Britten

An Uplifting Concert – Malcolm Miller was at the 20th Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition

Ensemble. ‘Back to Bloch’ – Sybil Michelow on the Importance of being Ernest Bloch

Of Bagatelles and Weightier Matters – Julian Jacobson reports on the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s Beethoven Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition

Ensemble. Immense Promise – Malcolm Miller reports on the recent Israeli and Bloch music competitions

New Contexts – Malcolm Miller reports on a recent Symposium on Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations

Real Individuality – Julian Jacobson was at the 2010 Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competition

Ensemble. Deft Stagecraft and Virtuosity – Bloch and Israeli Music, heard by Malcolm Miller

Ensemble. A Sparkling Account – The Kanazawa-Admony Piano Duo pays tribute to Carola Grindea, reviewed by Malcolm Miller

Ensemble. Refreshing Contrasts – Malcolm Miller reports from the 2009 BPSE Chamber Music Competition

Ensemble. Complexity of Thought – Eugene Feygelson and Malcolm Troup play Beethoven and Bloch, reviewed by Malcolm Miller

Potential and Achievement – The sixteenth Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competition, experienced by Julian Jacobson

Committed and Tough – Malcolm Troup plays Bloch’s Piano Sonata, appreciated by Julian Jacobson

Ensemble. Gloriously Colourful – The British Society of Music Therapy looks back, with Margaret Campbell

Ensemble. Litmus Tests – Malcolm Miller at the fifteenth BPSE Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competition

Ensemble. Clarity and Honesty – Malcolm Troup’s recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields, reviewed by Julian Jacobson

Ensemble. An Absorbing Day – Julian Jacobson reports on the fourteenth BPSE Beethoven Intercollegiate (Senior) Piano Competition

Ensemble. Beethoven winners – Malcolm Miller reports on two European competitions

Articles by Malcolm Troup

Malcolm Troup is witness to the manual (four-handed) marriage of two musical missionaries

Malcolm Troup reports on new arrivals from China and Lithuania at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s Summer Festival in London

Malcolm Troup reports on the 2012 Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s chamber music masterclass, concert and competition

Florian Mitrea at London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields

Malcolm Troup has three encounters with the sublime

Malcolm Troup listens to a recital by the all-conquering but still largely unsung pianist Gloria Campaner

Malcolm Troup reports on the BPSE Summer Festival at London’s Regent Hall, where for the first time Music, not consumerism, called the shots

Malcolm Troup hears ‘the art of the piano reborn’ in Syrian pianist Riyad Nicolas

The BPSE Late Summer Festival

A BPSE lunchtime recital by Harvey Dagul and Isobel Beyer

Malcolm Troup marvels anew at the artistry of Julian Jacobson

Malcolm Troup was at the BPSE Summer Festival in London

The Matsumoto/Jacobson Duo and The Art of Falconry

No longer one of British music’s best-kept secrets!

A lunchtime recital by Tali Morgulis

Malcolm Troup was at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s annual Summer Festival in London

Malcolm Troup reports from the recent Annual Beethoven Chamber Music (Duos) Masterclass and Competition at London’s Steinway Hall

Julian Jacobson in the first of his orchestral Valentine Extravaganzas

The eerie case of a South-American pianistic ‘revenant’

Malcolm Troup succumbs to the pzazz of the Burov/Miletic Duo

Celebrating London’s multi-ethnic pianism in the elect hands of Ivan Kiwuwa, Mishka Momen and Wu Qian

Nine-year-old Niu Niu’s Wigmore Hall début

Daniel Grimwood at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Mikhail Shilyaev at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Malcolm Troup, one of the judges of the 30th anniversary ‘Gina Bachauer’ International Artists Competition, reports on the recent finals in Salt Lake City

Malcolm Troup was at Qian Wu’s recent London South Bank recital

Malcolm Troup on the recent BPSE chamber music masterclass and competition in London

Marcella Crudeli’s recital at London’s Leighton House

A Tau Wey piano recital

Malcolm Troup, music educator, concert pianist. Recipient Commonwealth medal Harriet Cohen International Awards, 1955, Liszt medal American Liszt Society, 1998.

He was born on February 22, 1930 in Toronto, Canada. Son of William John and Wendela Mary (Seymour-Conway) Troup.

Associate degree, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, 1948. Fellow, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, 1952. Professor (honorary), University Chile, 1966.

Doctor of Philosophy in Music, University York, England, 1968. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Memorial University Newfoundland, 1985. Doctor of Music (honorary), City University, London, 1995.

Concert pianist, worldwide, 1954-1970. Director music Guildhall School of Music & Drama, 1970-1975. Professor music City University, London, 1975-1995, head department, 1975-1993, emeritus professor music, since 1995.

Governor Music Therapy Charity Trust, since 1979. Juror Chopin Competition of Australia, 1988, 1st Dvorak International Piano competition Czech Republic, Rome, 1997, 1st EPTA International Piano competitions Zagreb, 1998, Reykjavik, 2000, Young Musicians of Year, Canadian Broadcasting Company National Talent Competition, Eckhard-Grammate Piano Competition, Canada Council International Jury. Vice president World Piano Competition, London.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-1853715532915763&output=html&h=280&adk=1676212786&adf=3859228260&pi=t.aa~a.998484387~i.3~rp.1&w=670&fwrn=4&fwrnh=100&lmt=1640339447&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=3720848793&psa=0&ad_type=text_image&format=670×280&url=https%3A%2F%2Fprabook.com%2Fweb%2Fmalcolm.troup%2F536174&flash=0&fwr=0&pra=3&rh=168&rw=670&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&wgl=1&fa=27&dt=1640339447372&bpp=3&bdt=2298&idt=-M&shv=r20211207&mjsv=m202112060101&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D88b9370573fa2abb-228a5adfd9ce000f%3AT%3D1640339446%3ART%3D1640339446%3AS%3DALNI_MbZuGkueuBsa9n0oWok9ELCcCPaOw&prev_fmts=0x0&nras=2&correlator=8746702320648&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=841742688.1640339447&ga_sid=1640339447&ga_hid=369520498&ga_fc=1&u_tz=0&u_his=28&u_h=1366&u_w=1024&u_ah=1024&u_aw=1366&u_cd=32&adx=348&ady=1286&biw=1366&bih=950&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=31063825&oid=2&pvsid=3776735024269848&pem=803&tmod=430&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2F&eae=0&fc=1408&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C1366%2C0%2C1366%2C1024%2C1366%2C950&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=16512&bc=31&ifi=2&uci=a!2&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=6Y75x4DfFq&p=https%3A//prabook.com&dtd=11

Leader international delegation of piano teachers Citizen Ambassador Program People to People, People’s Republic of China, 1995. Board management London International String Quartet Competition. President Oxford International Piano Festival, since 1999.

Member executive committee Anglo-Chilean Society, London, since 1990. Freeman City of London, since 1971. Trustee Jewish Music Institute, since 1991.

Fellow Royal Society Arts. Member Royal Society Musicians, Worshipful Company of Musicians (liveryman, member court assistants since 1973, master 1999), European Piano Teachers Association (chairman since 1978), Beethoven Piano Society Europe (chairman since 1991).

Married Carmen Lamarca Subercaseaux, February 24, 1962. 1 child, Wendela Colomba Troup Lumley.Father:William John Troup

Mother:Wendela Mary (Seymour-Conway) Troup

Spouse:Carmen Lamarca Subercaseaux

child:Wendela Colomba Troup Lumley Troup




  • Recipient Commonwealth medal Harriet Cohen International Awards, 1955, Liszt medal American Liszt Society, 1998.


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