Emily began playing the piano at the age of 5. She attended the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Christopher Elton, winning many major prizes whilst there. After receiving scholarships from the Countess of Munster and Martin Foundation, Emily continued her studies at the Rubin Academy, Tel Aviv with Arie Vardi. Whilst there she performed a concerto with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. After completing her studies, Emily reached the semi-final of the Clara Haskill International Competition and attended masterclasses in Banff, Canada.
She has played in many of the UKs best known concert venues including the Wigmore Hall, QEH, Barbican, Bridgewater Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. She has also performed in many other countries including Canada, Australia, Spain and Germany. Emily has recorded for the BBC and German radio.
In 2002, alongside her husband, conductor Pete Selwyn, Emily started the Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival, which has attracted some of the world’s greatest chamber musicians and singers over the last 15 years.
In 2005, Emily decided to swap the concert platform for the classroom! She began her teaching career at Forest Hill Boys in South East London and after only 2 years was offered Head of Department at a large comprehensive in Harrogate. She spent 8 years here, growing the department into one of the most successful in the country with outstanding A level, BTEC and GCSE results. For the last year, Emily has been Secondary Music Specialist for the Ark network of 35 schools in disadvantaged areas in London, Hastings, Birmingham and Portsmouth.