Tutors

CURRENT TUTORS (Home visits) 2019/20

Meliza Metzger-Gomez introduction click here / educational summary click here (one-to-one classical/operatic singing & piano & aural & theory)
James Osler introduction click here / educational summary click here (one-to-one guitar/composition & aural & theory)
Michael Bennett  
introduction click here / education summary click here (one-to-one classical/Baroque violin/viola & aural & theory)
Anca Dukai introduction click here / education summary click here (one-to-one classical violin & piano & aural & theory)
Jaroslav Gavrilov introduction click here / education summary click here (one-to-one classical singing/guitar(multiple styles)/piano/ukelele/conducting & aural & theory)
Alexander Ling introduction click here / education summary click here (one-to-one classical piano & composition & aural & theory)
Cat Brown introduction click here / education summary click here  (one-to-one classical guitar & piano & aural & theory)
Ralitsa Penkova introduction click here / education summary click here (one-to-one classical piano & aural & theory)
Jenni Moussali introduction click here / education summary click here (one-to-one classical piano/violin/guitar/double bass & aural & theory)
Lewis White introduction click here / education summary click here (one-to-one classical piano & aural & theory)


INTRODUCTIONS
 

'Meliza is a classically trained soprano and recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Catherine Benson and Iain Ledingham, obtaining her Masters in Vocal Performance. In 2016 she graduated from the Conservatoire of Bordeaux obtaining her Diploma of Musical Studies in voice. Meliza holds a bachelor degree from the Universidad los Andes (Colombia) in Music and Italian language and Cultural Studies. "I find teaching very rewarding and I deeply enjoy to see the development of the students through the year. I personally appreciate an active feedback from my students so I can always be improving my methods, my abilities to teach and to share my knowledge , and to make of their learning experience a memorable one"
Meliza Metzger-Gomez (instruments taught) - Classical/operatic singing ; piano 

'James is a Jazz Guitarist and Composer with a BA Hons in Jazz from Middlesex University, where he was taught by 2 of the most versatile and unique Guitarists in the country, Stuart Hall and Chris Montague (of Troyka). He has also achieved a Diploma in Jazz performance from Chichester college and is about to commence an Mmus in Composition at Trinity Laban starting September this year. James is a patient, friendly and passionate tutor who teaches a wide range of styles including Jazz, Classical, Blues, Rock and Folk, as well as music theory and sight reading. He is also regularly performing musician and has played at venues such as the National Theatre London, The Vortex Jazz Club, The 606 Jazz Club and at events like Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Love Supreme Festival. 
James Osler (instruments taught) - Guitar ; Composition

'Michael studied at Royal Holloway and the Royal Academy of Music with Roger Chase, and has a wide range of experience in chamber, orchestral, and education settings. He has worked with the London Concert Orchestra, London Gala Orchestra, London Mozart Players, National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Verdi and with numerous choral societies, school productions, recordings, and many chamber groups for both programmed concerts and events. He has played with Nicola Benedetti, Katherine Jenkins, and Stewart Copeland, drummer from The Police, amongst others. Michael is a regular player with de Havilland Philharmonic. Michael is also active in period performance, having studied Baroque viola with Annette Isserlis, and plays with the Cambridge Handel Opera Company and Les Bougies Baroques..
Michael Bennett (instruments taught) - Classical/Baroque Violin/Viola

'Anca - I began studying the violin when I was 6 years old, at Oradea Art High School. I hold a BMus in Instrumental Performance (violin). Because of my studies at the Vocational School of Arts, I was provided the chance to study also the piano as a secondary instrument for 8 years, in parallel with the violin. For the past 12 years I have been working at the same Art High School I graduated from as a tenured violin teacher. Throughout these years I have been teaching more than 50 students, aged 6 to 17 years old, both beginners and advanced, students who performed in different music competitions and concerts representing the school and the community to which they belong. My violin classes are tailored to develop each student’s abilities according to their respective age, level and skills, aiming to reach as high as possible a standard of understanding and performing music. I teach students of all ages and levels, for any desired musical genre. My lessons include: cheerfulness, joy, devotion, tact and love for children, and music theory notions, reading music, technique exercises for both hands, varied repertoire according to each student’s interests, preparation for performing on stage. The first lesson is for getting acquainted with each other and for the student with the violin (for beginners), to assess the student’s level. 
Anca Dukai (instruments taught) - Classical Violin ; Classical Piano

'Jaroslav - I am a music teacher, a singer (tenor), a guitarist, a ukulele player, a pianist and a conductor. I have sung in many choirs including the BBC Symphony Chorus, the London Philharmonic Chorus. I have played guitar in rock/metal bands and bass guitar in the Capital Concert Brass band. I have been a private tutor for 7 years and have helped my students to pass ABRSM exams and do musical projects. I love working with people, sharing my own experience and knowledge. For me, being a tutor is much more than just teaching. I want my students to love music, and I want to show them how important it is.
Jaroslav Gavrilov (instruments taught) - Classical Voice ; Classical/Rock/Metal Guitar ; Classical Piano ; Ukelele ; Conducting 

'Alexander (b. 1994) is a composer and pianist living in London. Upcoming work and performances include a concert series of the complete Beethoven symphonies for piano four hands with Jack Stone; the premiere of James Layton’s Current for mixed ensemble at Blackheath Halls; and composition and sound design for artist Estella Castle’s The People’s Pageant. Alexander is also the Associate Orchestrator for the new Matthew Bourne production of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Alexander’s experience gives him keen insight into many different types of musician and learner, and how and why they make music. Since he started teaching in 2010, his students have benefitted from this insight, whether they are studying for examinations, preparing for concerts or learning music for the joy of it.
Alexander Ling (instruments taught) - Classical Piano ; Composition

'Cat: began her musical journey aged 4; beginning with the recorder then moving on to learn classical guitar and piano from aged 9. As well as teaching classical guitar, Cat is pursuing her LTCL diploma in classical guitar- drawing inspiration from guitarists such as Kaori Muraji and Julian Bream and also composes film music in her free time as a hobby. 5 years of teaching, a B.A Hons degree in music and an ATCL diploma in classical guitar has afforded Cat the experience, knowledge and determination to develop her students’ musical abilities and help them fulfil their potential in guitar. Cat works by her philosophy that ‘Enthusiasm is one of the most important qualities a teacher should possess’- making each lesson an enlightening, imaginative and informative experience.'
Cat Brown (instruments taught) - Classical Guitar ; Piano

'Ralitsa started playing the piano at the age of 6 in a family of musicians. From an early age she had an intense musical training in piano playing, music theory, solfeggio and chamber music which later on led her to perform on various international piano competitions, masterclasses and concerts. She completed her studies in 2015 at the University of Arts in Bremen, Germany where she graduated with Distinction. She then moved to the UK and developed her career both as a soloist, as well as a teacher. Ralitsa teaches group and one-to-one lessons to students of all ages and abilities. Whether to prepare for a concert or exam, or simply for the joy of playing the piano, she adapts her approach to each of her students individual needs and encourages them to look forward to perform and share with each other.'
Ralitsa Penkova (instruments taught) - Classical Piano


'Jenni
is an experienced instrumental teacher and musician offering lessons in violin, piano, guitar and viola to students of all ages and abilities. Her students have been successful in ABRSM exams, played in competitions, workshops, festivals and on the BBC. Jenni graduated from King’s College London and specialised in Advanced Performance Studies (violin) at the Royal Academy of Music and in 2014, achieved the Licentiate award of the Royal Schools of Music in violin (LRSM). Jenni encourages students to develop their own musical judgement and listening skills whilst consolidating technique, score reading and interpretation skills across a variety of genres and styles.'
Jenni Moussalli (instruments taught) - Classical Piano ; Classical Violin ; Guitar ; Double bass

'Lewis is a classically trained pianist, also experienced at playing in rock and pop bands. Having completing his music degree at Sussex University, he spent 2 years in Jersey working full-time as a piano teacher and musician. He moved to London in July 2016, to continue his work as a teacher and to study for a Masters in Music Composition. He has taught students aged from 5 – 65, and has successfully taught and guided students through graded examinations. With a flexible approach to teaching, Lewis finds the best way to engage his students, helping them to achieve the most from lessons.'
Lewis White (instruments taught) - 
Classical Piano



EDUCATION SUMMARIES

Meliza Metzger-Gomez (training)
Master of Arts on Vocal Performance: Royal Academy of Music, London (Sept 2016 – July 2018)
Diplôme d’études Musicales, Art Lyrique: Conservatoire de Bordeaux, France (Aug 2013 – June 2016)
Bachelor of Arts in Music: Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia (Jan 2008 – Sept 2013)
Intercultural Studies on Italian and Italian Language: Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia (Jan 2009 – Jan 2013)
French and Music: Universidad de Pamplona, Colombia (Aug 2007- Dec 2007)
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Belinda “Dido and Aeneas”: Auditorio Mario Laserna, Bogota, Colombia (2019)
Queen of the Night “Die Zauberflote”: Concert version, Tallis CO, Westleton, UK (2018)
Marie “La fille du regiment”*: Royal Academy of Music VF, London (2018)
Giulietta “Capuletti e i Montecchi”: Royal Academy of Music VF, London (2017)
Pamina “Die Zauberflote”*: Royal Academy of Music VF, London (2017)
Adina “L’elisir D’amore”*: RAM summer course, Cinque terre, Italy (2017)
Clorinda “La Cenerentola”*: RAM summer course, Cinque terre, Italy (2017)
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Exultate Jubilate: CCE, London (2019)
Chorus, Sop 1 Mahler 2: Royal Festival Hall & Royal Academy of Music, London (2017)
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Opera Gala: St James Church, Gerrards Cross, UK (2018/2017)
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Lunchtime and early evening recitals: Royal Academy of Music, London (2018+2016) 
Lunchtime and early evening recitals: Musique a Malagar, France (2016)
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“Solent Duo” Guitar Voice recital: Festival Lent & Ptuj, Slovenia (2019)
“Solent Duo” Guitar Voice recital: St. James Sussex Gardens & St. Olave Heart Street & St. Matthews Bayswater & Charlton House & St. Michael in Sittingbourne, UK (2018)
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Recital of repertoire for coloratura soprano: Mario Laserna & Museo Nacional & Sala Ernesto Martín, Bogota, Colombia (2019)

James Osler (training)
Mmus in Composition: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - London (starting September 2019)
BA Hons in Jazz: Middlesex University (2014)
Level 3 Diploma in Jazz performance (Distinction): Chichester College (2011)

Michael Bennett (training)
BMus Music 2.1: Royal Holloway (University of London) and Royal Academy of Music (2009)

Anca Dukai (training)
Introductory course on Music Therapy for Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) : Bihor County Teaching Regulation Agency, Department of Education - Romania (completed 2014)
Master of Educational Management: University of Oradea, Department of Education - Romania (completed 2008)
Bachelor of Education: University of Oradea, Department of Education - Romania (completed 2006)
Bachelor of Music + Master of Music (Hons) in Instrumental Performance (Violin): University of Oradea, Faculty of Music - Romania (completed 2006)

Jaroslav Gavrilov (training)
Grade 8 (Piano): ABRSM-Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (completed 2017)
Grade 8 (Guitar): ABRSM-Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (completed 2014)
Higher Diploma - Vocal: Institute of Contemporary Music Performance - Latvia (completed 2011)
Bachelor's - Teacher of Music: Daugavpils University - Latvia (completed 2010)
Diploma - SQA Intermediate 2 standard: Daugavpils Music Secondary School - Latvia

Alexander Ling (training)
BMus Performance Composition (1st Class Honours): Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - London (completed 2016)
ATCL Recital Diploma (Piano) Distinction: Trinity College London (completed 2016)
Grade 8 (Piano) Distinction: ABRSM-Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (completed 2012)
Grade 6 (Clarinet) Distinction: ABRSM-Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (completed 2009)

Cat Brown (training)
B.A Music with Hons - Kingston University 
ATCL diploma in classical guitar - Trinity Exam Board

Ralitsa Penkova (training)
University of the Arts Bremen, Germany (2011-2015)
"Prof. V. Stoyanov" National School of Arts - Ruse, Bulgaria (1999-2011)
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1st prize at the "Steinway Förderpreis" Competition - Hamburg, Germany (2012)
1st prize at the VII International Music Competition "Franz Schubert", and special prize for chamber music - Ruse, Bulgaria (2009)
2nd prize at the National Music Competition "Pancho Wladigeroff", and special prize for best performance of a piece by Pancho Wladigeroff - Shumen, Bulgaria (2009)
1st prize at the XIII International Music Festival Competition "Elias Kanetti" - Ruse, Bulgaria (2008)
2nd prize at International Music Festival Competition "Hellas" in Lesbos, Greece (2008)
3rd prize at the I International Children's Piano Competition for Russian and Bulgarian Music - Varna, Bulgaria (2004)
2nd prize at the International Piano and Composition Competition "Karl Filtsch" - Sibiu, Romania (2002)
1st prize at the III National Piano Competition "Franz Schubert" - Ruse, Bulgaria (2001)
3rd prize at the IV International Youth Music Festival "Hopes, Talents, Masters" - Dobrich, Bulgaria (2001)
3rd prize at the XVII National Piano Competition "Svetoslav Obretenov" - Provadia, Bulgaria (2000)
Six 1st prizes and a 2nd prize at the Yearly Internal Competition of the "Prof. V. Stoyanov" National School of Arts - Ruse, Bulgaria (2004-2010)

Jenni Moussalli (training)
BMus (King’s College London), with Advanced Performance Studies (violin) - Royal Academy of Music, London
Licentiate award of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) in violin performance - with viola as a related instrument  (2014)
DipABRSM (2011)
ABRSM  Grade 8 viola, Grade 8 piano, Grade 8 violin, Grade 8 double bass

Lewis White (training)
'Goldsmiths', University of London - pursuing Masters in Composition, starting September 2016 (UK)
ABRSM Grade 8 - 2009 

Sussex University (UK)



PAST TUTORS (home visits)

Ileana Cosentino (one-to-one classical {jazz/pop/electronic} piano & aural & theory)
Eva Jacobs (one-to-one pop/blues/jazz:voice/piano & aural & theory)
Max Winter (one-to-one guitar/piano/composition & aural & theory)
Fani-Margarita Yovcheva (one-to-one classical piano & aural & theory)
George Howle (one-to-one classical/electrical guitar & songwriting & aural & theory)
Aneurin Rees (one-to-one accoustic/contemporary guitar & songwriting & aural & theory)
Vesta Kuprinskaite (one-to-one classical violin & aural & theory)
Aaron Blandford (one-to-one accoustic/contemporary guitar & songwriting & aural & theory)
Edmund Taylor (one-to-one classical/baroque violin & aural & theory)
Mindaugas Juozapavicius (one-to-one keyboard/piano & aural & theory)
Alexandra Byrne (one-to-one classical piano & aural & theory)
Ana Souza Leban (one-to-one oboe/cor anglais/flute/piano/recorder & aural & theory)
Áine Callan (one-to-one piano & aural & theory)
Magdaléna Tomášková (one-to-one guitar & aural & theory)
Marco Paoli (one-to-one singing & aural & theory)
Petra Hajduchova (one-to-one piano & aural & theory)

Ileana Cosentino (training) 
(Second Year of Master's Degree) Master's Degree - Bienno Sperimentale Interpretativo - Pianoforte (Interpretative and Experimental Master's) under the guidance of Epifanio Comis: Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Vincenzo Bellini di Catania, Catania, Italy (completed 2018)
(First Year of Master's Degree) Conservatoire Royal de Mons - ARTS2 | École Supérieure des Arts, Mons, Belgium (completed 2017)
Erasmus Semester Conservatoire Royal de Mons - ARTS2 | École Supérieure des Arts, Mons, Belgium (completed 2015)
Bachelor's Degree - Musical Study in Piano with 21 ECTS Educational Credits: Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Vincenzo Bellini di Catania, Catania, Italy (completed 2015)
Graduation High School - Diploma Classical Gymnasium: Catania, Italy (completed 2012)
OTHER: (First Year of Bachelor's Degree) Dipartimento di Scienze umanistiche, Lettere Moderne, Università degli Studi di Catania, Catania, Italy (from 2018 until present)
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1st Prize at VII Edizione 'Premio Giuseppe Ierna - Italy (2013)
1st Prize at XII Concorso Nazionale “Alfio Pulvirenti” - Italy (2013)

Eva Jacobs (training) - www.eva-jacobs.com

Singer/Musician/Songwriter/Performing and Recording Artist: 
Judge on talent show, Open Mic UK at Cardiff – (October 2016)
Jazz at De! Kunsthumaniora (Arts School) - Antwerp, Belgium (2011-2012)
Urban Academy of Music, Speech and Dance - Beringen, Belgium (1998-2007)

Max Winter (training)
BMus Composition: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - London (2016 to present)


Fani-Margarita Yovcheva (training)

Master of Arts: ‘Composing for the media’: NMA ‘Prof.P.Vladigerov’ - Sofia, Bulgaria (2012-2015)
BA (Bachelor) ‘Music Pedagogic’: NMA ‘Prof.P.Vladigerov’ - Sofia, Bulgaria (2009-2012)
Secondary Education: NUMSI Prof.P.Vladigerov’ - Burgas, Bulgaria (2002-2009)
1st prize at National Civic Forum Bulgarka's competition for composition and piano performance - Burgas, Bulgaria (2009)
2nd prize at International Competition For Young Pianists - Bitola, Macedonia (2004)
1st prize at National Music Competition 'Varban Varbanov' - Bulgaria (2000)

George Howle (training)
BA (Hons) Music: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama/RWCMD (completed 2016)

Aneurin Rees
 (training)
Private Lessons - (2006 to present)
Ampthill Music School - (2006 to 2009)
Composed the theme music for Oxford Brookes University Poetry Centre podcast (acoustic guitar & viola) 
MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature - University of York (2014)
BA Hons in Music and English Literature - Oxford Brookes University (2013)
Diploma in Music Pratice: Guitar  - ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music), Guildford (2006)

Vesta Kuprinskaite (training)

BMus (Hons) Violin performance/composition: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - London (2017 - 2021)
Secondary education with music programme: Panevezys Vytautas Mikalauskas Art Gymnasium - Panevezys, Lithuania (2004 to 2016)  
1st award (prize) playing duet at the V Republican Ensemble Music Competition 'Lietuva aš už muziką' - March 2016
1st place playing solo at Republican Music Competition XII Arco Festival - December 2011
1st prize performing with strings ensemble at the International contest of young performers - Amber note 2013 - April 2013
Won diploma performing violin solo at the XIXth National Balio Dvarionas Piano and String Competition - May 2012

Aaron Blandford (training)
Private Tuition (2014 to present)
BMus Professional Music Performance - Academy of Contemporary Music (2014–2016)

Teacher - Open 2 Music (2016-2016)
Teacher - Goodall Guitar School (2014-2015)

Edmund Taylor (training) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=artUXRW2jqE
BMus in Performance degree - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2015)
Founder and leader of Bellot Ensemble, playing concerts and functions around London (2014 - present)
Freeland violinist (2010 - present)
Private Violin and Music Theory Teacher (2007 - present)
Ursuline Academy Ilford (2017 – present)
Concert Canary Saturday Music School (2016 – present)
Academy of Performing Arts in Woolwich (2016 – present)
St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College (2016 – present)
Kingston Music Service September (2015 – December 2016)
Musico South (2014-2016)
Herringthorpe Junior School (2009 – 2010)

Mindaugas Juozapavicius (training)
Teacher - Soundsteps Music School (2017 to present)
Freelance teacher (2015 to present)
Keyboard player - MUSIC ZONE ONE LTD (2015 to present)
Keyboard player/songwriter - SHANTY (2015 to present)
BA(Hons) Commercial Music - University of Westminster, London (2013 –2015)

National Diploma in Music Performance - Kaunas Juozas Gruodis Conservatoire, Lithuania (2005 -2008)

Alexandra Bryne (training)
Repetiteur – Italian Opera Summer School (2016)

Bachelor of Music: Classical Piano Performance - Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia (2015)
Repetiteur – Brisbane City Opera, Australia (2014-2016)

Conductor/Accompanist – Australian Youth Choir, Australia (2014-2015)

Ana Souza Leban (training)
RCM Sparks (UK) 2015-present
Music school Tolmin (SI) 2006-2015
B2 school (SI) 2013-2015
Student choir Pegius (SI) 2010-2015
Academy of Music Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Music pedagogic, Oboe - 2006-2014
Royal College of Music London (UK) - Master of performance in Oboe - present

Áine Callan (training)
RIAM (Royal Irish Academy of Music = equivalent of ABRSM) - Grade 8 Piano ; Grade 5 Brass
ABRSM - Grade 5 Theory
D.C.U. (Dublin City University) - Bachelor of Education 2:1 (2012)
University of Ulster - Postgraduate Diploma in Education (2016)

Magdaléna Tomášková (training)

International School of Music and Fine Arts Prague (Czech Republic)
Primary school in Prague 10 for children with speech and language difficulties and special needs (Czech Republic)
Riverston school, non-selective independent school (UK)
Junior Music School (UK)
University Palackeho (Czech Republic)

Prague Conservatory (Czech Republic)
'Developing Musicality' at Hurst Lodge School (UK) 

Marco Paoli (training)
ITIS Galileo Galilei (Italy)
Music Academy of Versilia (Italy)
Conservatoire of Music Giacomo Puccini, La Spezia (Italy)

Petra Hajduchova (training)
Organ School, Brno (Czech Republic)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London (UK)