JANINE FORRESTER was born in Ealing in 1985 and started playing the piano at a young age. During her early years she won many prizes at local festivals in Richmond, Ealing, Kingston and Hounslow. She also performed on BBCʼs Thatʼs Life with Esther Rantzen aged four. She attended the Purcell School of Music at age ten where she was awarded a scholarship learning violin and bassoon alongside the piano. During her eight years at the Purcell School Janine performed in numerous solo and chamber music concerts playing in venues including the Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, Clivedon and the Purcell Room.
Janine graduated from the Royal College of Music with a first class Honours Degree in 2007, and also a Masters Degree in 2009 having studied with piano teacher Ruth Nye and composition with Howard Davidson. Janine was supported by the Thomas Wall Trust and Lawrence Atwell Charity, EMI Music Sound Foundation and St Marylebone Educational Foundation. Janine performed in venues such as Hampton Court Palace, the Victoria and Albert Museum, St Mary's Le Strand and The Guildhall for the National Institute of Journalists.
She enjoys new challenges and was given the opportunity to play the piano and harpsichord as part of an orchestra taking her to Italy for the Thirty- first Cantiere Internazionale D'Arte. She appeared in BBC Two's "Maestro" assisting the conducting classes for celebrities. Janine also has played for the English National Ballet and has recently finished a Masters in Soundtrack production in Composition for the Screen with Steven Deutsch at Bournemouth University. She is now concentrating on composing music for screen and media. Three animations which she composed music to were showcased at the British Film Institute last year and the film Junk (music by Janine) has won numerous awards including Most Promising Newcomer 2010 at Londonʼs Creative Circle Awards and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2010 British Animation Awards and reached the 2nd round of the BAFTAS 2011. She also won her own award for Best Music at Merveilleux Film Festival 2011 in Paris for Junk's soundtrack.
She has also completed composing music for her first feature film, How To Become a Criminal Mastermind and was commissioned by the English National Ballet to compose a piece for string quartet for Dance Holland Park. Janine also recently completed music for a short film, PROTO which was supported by Screen South and the BFI. This was an international collaboration with Film Fyn, and produced by Danish production company Eye Candy Film, by Richard Georg Engström and directed by Nick Pittom.
Janine has recently given recitals in Spain and London, also performing Beethoven's 4th piano concerto with The Orchestra of Collegium Voche in Bournemouth and has started her own online business www.bespokeaccompanist.com offering a piano recording service where accompaniment piano music can be recorded to aid instrumentalists, singers and dancers practice.