TUTORS 2021/22 (a) - Full details
Singing ; Piano ; Aural ; Theory
Lithuanian Soprano Rusnė Tušlaitė recently graduated from the the Royal Academy of Music with a First-Class Bachelor of Music degree with Honours studying under Professors Nuccia Focile and Marek Ruszczynski.
Rusne was a Royal Opera House Emerging Artist at their Youth Council Steering Group sessions (2021) and has won six National and two International grand prizes in singing competitions in Lithuania. She was also awarded with entrance scholarships for both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music.
Whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music she was commended in the Historical Women Composer Prize (2018) and received the Arthur Burcher Memorial and the Toni V Fell Prizes. In 2018, Rusne represented the Royal Academy of Music at the 25th Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for young singers competition as one of the sixteen top singers across the UK conservatoires.
Her recent operatic engagements include the role of Tiresias in Geoffrey King’s world premiere of ‘Cantata Superba’ with the Audentia Ensemble and Susanna from Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ in the Royal Academy of Music’s Vocal Faculty Opera Scenes. Rusne looks forward to making her opera debut as the Countess in the Hampstead Garden Opera’s production of Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ in November 2021.
Rusne has previously participated in the chorus of the Royal Academy Opera’s productions of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Iolanta’, Ravel’s ‘L'Enfant et les Sortilèges’ and Massenet’s ‘Cherubin’. She often collaborates with orchestras such as the Naujamiestis brass band 'UP', the Pereksliai brass band 'Sun' and the Panevezys brass band 'Sound'. Rusne is also a member of the Philharmonia Chorus Student Scheme and has actively performed and taken part in masterclasses in Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Austria and France.
She has had the honour to work with great singers such as Michèle Crider, Dennis O’Neill, Della Jones, Tamara Novicenko, Lucy Crowe and many more. Some of the prestigious venues Rusne has performed at include the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the King George Hall, the Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle and the Grand Théatre Amiens.
Piano ; Organ ; Clarinet ; Bassoon ; Cello ; Theory ; Aural
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Jack Stone was born in 1994 in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire and began playing the organ at age fourteen. Soon after, he gained a scholarship at Chetham's School of Music. Upon finishing, he studied Organ with David Graham at the RCM and won the 2016 Harold Darke Prize. Jack went on to become Organ Scholar of Carlisle Cathedral and then Tewkesbury Abbey and Dean Close School.
Jack is now Organist and Director of Music at St. John the Baptist Church, Catford where he plays and directs a choir of children and adults. Jack is also a répétiteur, working for Morley College Opera and Chelsea Ballet School.
Vocal Acting ; Stage Language ; Singing ; Piano ; Theory ; Aural
'Bart - graduate of Academy of Music in Gdansk, where he obtained BA on Vocal-Acting Department, in Musical Theatre Performance line. During studying time he was playing piano on academical - additional instrument-level crowned piano diploma exam. In addition, he graduated from classical singing at High Music School in Poland obtained level equivalent to 8th grade in United Kingdom musical education system. He took part in workshops and masterclasses with Bob Chillcot, Anna Radziejewska and SAS in Jerzy Artysz class. As an academical student was related with CVT (Complete Vocal Technique), which suits perfectly to his classical background. This technique of singing connects classical bell canto aspects with modern knowledge and artistic needs.
Bartosz Berner (training)
Master's Degree in Cultural Communication Studies (Faculty of Languages): University of Gdańsk (2015-2017)
Bachelor's Degree in Musical (Vocal-Acting): Stanislaw Moniuszko Gdańsk Academy of Music (2012-2015)