Margaret Bateson was born in Cumbria and now lives in London. A gifted child, she started playing the piano at the age of five. By the time she was six she had already passed her first exam with honours. Her piano studies continued with private lessons until she was awarded the Charles Vincent scholarship to train at the Trinity College of Music, London. After several years study at this college she was awarded a further scholarship, this time from the British Council, to study at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, and at the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute. She has had a fruitful and varied career giving concerts at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Conway Hall, as well as broadcasts for the BBC and coaching for the Cologne Opera in Germany. Her music making has taken her all through Europe and North America, she also toured India extensively.
She became established in London as a teacher and following a period at the Newham Academy of Music she now works as a professor of piano at the City Literary Institute in London.