CATHERINE | PIANO, CELLO & MUSIC THEORY TEACHER
Catherine is the director of Hampstead Music School and has been teaching piano, cello & music theory for over 10 years, bringing a wealth of experience in teaching students of all levels of experience from beginners up to professional level. Her students range from as young as 4 to 18 and have high success rates in grade exams and school entrance auditions.
Catherine tailors her teaching approach for each student individually, aimed at bringing out the very best in each musician. Catherine's pupils regularly enter grade exams from Grade 1 right up to Grade 8 as well as Diploma in the ABRSM and Trinity grade exams. Her lessons are structured using Suzuki, Kodaly and other traditional teaching methods.
One-to-one lessons by home visit are offered to students in most London areas including Hampstead, Swiss Cottage, Belsize Park, St.John's Wood, Highgate, Golders Green, Hendon and Camden.
Catherine studied at the prestigious Purcell Music School with full-scholarship. A scholarship from the St.Albanstift supported her studies at the Basel Music Academy in Switzerland where she gained a Bachelor of Music degree. She later achieved a Master's degree in Cello Performance from the University of Music & Performing Arts Stuttgart in Germany, graduating with the highest honours for both degrees. With supports from the Zetland Foundation and Trinity College London Scholarship she is currently undertaking the Artist Diploma programme at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.
She is a recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships from many organisations; among them the Moncalieri European Music Competition (Italy), Concordia Foundation (UK), Young International Janigro Competition (Croatia), Richard Wagner Foundation (Germany), Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Stiftung (Germany), Hanggi Foundation (Switzerland) and Meindl Society (Germany). Catherine has also been recently selected by Making Music Concert Promoters' Group for inclusion in their Selected Artists' Brochure for 2016.
As a performer, she has played solo recitals at many notable venues including the Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall and St.Martin-in-the-Fields. She regularly participates and performs in many international music festivals and summer academies such as the Courchevel Summer Academy, the European Music Academy Bonn, Naples International Chamber Music Festival, the Russian Music Festival, the Thuringen Summer Academy, Bruges Academy and the Lenk Summer Academy.
As well as being a dynamic performer Catherine also works as a session musician and has recorded in studios such as Abbey Road Studios and RAK Studio in London.
GRIG | VIOLIN & VIOLA TEACHER
A talented and experienced solo performer, Grig has performed with national orchestras and given recitals in over ten countries, including the UK, Italy, Austria, Russia and Costa Rica. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, where he studied under the esteemed violinist and professor, Maciej Rakowski.
Grig has over 5 years of experience as a violin teacher and his professional experience includes teaching at Elmhurst School for Boys and Whitgift School, where he additionally developed a strings scheme and coached chamber music and continues to teach violin. Grig excels at teaching students of all levels of experience, from beginners up to a professional level, ranging from tutoring students as young as 5 years old to recently teaching public masterclasses to conservatory students in Costa Rica.
Grig adopts a personalized, innovative and imaginative approach to teaching. He has absorbed an expansive palette of violin traditions – Franco-Belgian, Russian, British, and Balkan Folk. With such repertoire, Grig strives to make violin playing as natural as possible for each student, imparting imaginative associations to master a skill.
Grig began his violin studies at the age of 7, making his debut as a soloist at fifteen with the National Organ Hall in Moldova. A year later, Grig was awarded the first prize and “Best Interpretation of W.A. Mozart” at the International Competition of Austrian and German Music in Bulgaria.
At sixteen, Grig was granted a full scholarship to study at Whitgift School, studying violin with Remus Azoitei from the Royal Academy of Music. While at Whitgift, Grig performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Whitgift Chamber Orchestra on the Guadagnini 1782 "ex-Busch" violin.
At eighteen, Grig performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at Cadogan Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Grig also performed The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams with members from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. He has given concerts in Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovenia, UK, Romania and Russia.
Grig is regularly invited to perform in front of members of the diplomatic corps, including numerous ambassadors to the UK. In March 2011, he was honoured to perform The Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate in front of Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
GALINA | VIOLIN TEACHER
Galina is a friendly teacher and has passion for working with young children. She studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where her teachers included Wen Zhou Li and Maurizio Fuks. During her time there she led the school orchestra under Lord Menuhin.
She continued her studies at Royal Northern College of Music with Prof. Maciej Rakowski where she was the recipient of an award bestowing the loan of a Gagliano violin from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland while gaining her degree.
Furthering her education at Royal Academy of Music at postgraduate level, she studied with Prof. Erich Gruenberg, had masterclasses with violinists Sylvia Rosenberg, Lewis Kaplan, Franco Gulli and Donald Weilerstein. She received scholarships from the Banff Academy of Music Canada and Arts Council Northern Ireland to receive tuitions from Lorand Fenyves.
Galina currently performs with Camerata Ireland, the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, and past experience includes the Philharmonia, Irish Chamber and Wexford Opera Festival Orchestras.
LIVIO | DRUMS & PERCUSSION TEACHER
Livio is a professional drummer with over 10 years of teaching experience. After moving to London in 2014 he has been quickly noticed by some of the most in recognised musicians in the music industry. He plays several different genres from jazz to rock, and gigs in some of the finest venues such as Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, O2 Academy, Vortex Jazz Club, Bull's Head & Troy Bar.
He is an experienced teacher and he has taught students of every age and level. His love for teaching allows him to share fully his knowledge to all the students he has.
Livio has been taught by some of the best players world wide including Dom Famularo. Dom, who has studied with Jim Chapin, Joe Morello and Billy Gladstone, taught Livio a natural way of playing drums, he taught Livio all the natural motions the snare masters used to play with. That is why Liviois a moeller technique expert. Dom didn't only teach Livio a natural way of playing drums but he also shared with Livio his great motivational skills, which are what makes him the most awarded drum teacher in the world.
Livio's motivational skills, make him not only teach drums but teach
music itself sharing the love he has to this beautiful form of art to
every student he gets to teach. Livio truly believes that Music is not just an art but it's a way of living that can bring happiness and fun, because music is great fun. It gives people the possibility to express themselves on an other level, a level that can't be reached in any other way.
HARRY | VIOLIN TEACHER
Harry is a young diverse violinist and has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in UK and Europe including: Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Barbican Centre, The Roundhouse, Leeds Town Hall, Royal Albert Hall (as part of the BBC Proms) and many others. He is currently a Leverhulme Arts Scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance where he is in his final year of the BMus course under the guidance of Prof. Mayumi Fujikawa.
During his time at The Junior Royal Academy of Musis he has won the intermediate and senior divisions of the John McAslan Violin Competition and was the winner of the Ealing Festival Concerto Competition. In 2016, he received second prize and the Brumsgrave Cup at the John Lill Awards. In 2017 he was the semi-finalist in the Trinity Laban Soloist Competition. He has participated in masterclasses with several violinists including Kenneth Sillito, Vasko Vassilev and Mi-Kyung Lee. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain from 2008 to 2010. He plays on a Collin-Mezin violin kindly on loan from the Benslow Trust.
Harry teaches lot of young students individually and also works as a coach in Pro Corda Young Strings Group in London. As a teacher, he is supportive and friendly but always installs discipline in order for the pupil to achieve full potential.
TAMAS | SAXOPHONE, CLARINET, FLUTE TEACHER
Tamás is a professionally trained musician with emphasis on teaching saxophone, clarinet & flute. He is capable of teaching both classical and jazz repertoire to students of all levels and ages.
In his home country of Hungary, Tamás performs at some of the most recognised venues and jazz festivals with high profile musicians.
He has obtained Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Music at Trento Conservatory and Master's Degree at the Conservatory of Music in Milan, Italy.
JOSEPH | GUITAR TEACHER
Joseph gained a scholarship to the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama aged 9, where he studied Classical Guitar before moving on to all styles of acoustic and electric guitar. Alongside a career in teaching and performing, Joseph is now studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in Greenwich. In his first year he won the Alison Stephen's guitar competition held at Trinity.
Joseph currently teaches both private students and at Wilson's School in South London, one of the country's most successful state funded selective boys' schools. Joseph teaches from the Trinity Guildhall, ABRSM, Rockschool and RGT grade boards and maintains 100% pass rate across all grade boards and an incredibly high merit+ rate of over 90%.
Over 2013-14 Joseph is extremely proud in helping his students achieve 10 Distinctions, 12 Merits and 2 Passes.
He is a young and vibrant teacher, having taught from the age of 15 and now accepts students aged 6+ across London. Lessons in modern styles are tailored to the individual with a particular focus on learning songs by artists and bands that the student is most interested in. Joseph can push a student to the very best of their capabilities but also sees the guitar as a joy to play and recognises that learning for enjoyment can be the end in itself.
Joseph has a wide and varied knowledge of classical repertoire and pedagogy and uses the studies of Sor, Carcassi, Aguado, Coste, Barrios, Villa Lobos and Brouwer in his teaching. He places a particular emphasis on effective and mindful practice so that each student is equipped with the skills they need to constantly reflect on their practice and playing in order to keep progressing.
Aside from teaching Joseph also works as a professional contemporary session guitarist & classical concert guitarist having toured around UK and Europe including shows at Royal Albert Hall: Elgar Room, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London Koko, Latitude Festival, National Theatre, British Film Institute, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bestival and Dublin & Edinburgh Fringes.
ETTORE | PIANO ACCOMPANIST & PIANO TEACHER
Ettore Maria Strangio studied at the Conservatoire in Potenza with Prof. De Simone, graduating with the highest honours for his Bachelor of Music degree. He is currently undertaking the Postgraduate Artist Diploma programme at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance as a Leverhume Arts and Arthur Haynes Trust Scholar.
Ettore teaches students of all levels of experience, from Grade 1 up to Diploma level. Aside from his work as a teacher, he also provides accompaniment for grade exams from Grade 1 to Diploma level, as well as providing accompaniment for recitals and auditions in London.
Ettore is a multiple prize-winner of national and international competitions such as the Giulio Rospigliosi Piano Competition in Pistoia, the Euritmia International Piano Competition of Povoletto in Udine, the Vietri Sul Mare Piano Competition and the Osimo International Piano Competition, among many others. He has attended masterclasses held by internationally renowned teachers including Andrzej Jasinskj, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Aldo Ciccolini, Riccardo Risaliti, Daniel Rivera and Giovanni Bellucci.
As an active soloist, he has recently performed the "Choral Fantasy" by Beethoven with the Gesualdo da Venosa Orchestra in Italy.
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