Our team at Hampstead Music School is made up of accomplished performers and graduates of leading music conservatoires from UK & Europe. Our experienced teachers offer comprehensive and creative approach to each individual student.
+ Catherine | Cello & Piano
Catherine has been teaching piano, cello & music theory for over ten years, bringing a wealth of experience in teaching students of all levels of experience from beginners up to professional level. Catherine tailors her teaching approach for each student individually, aimed at bringing out the very best in each musician. Catherine's pupils regularly enter for music exams and auditions.
As a performer, she has played solo recitals at many notable venues including the Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall and St.Martin-in-the-Fields. 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.
Catherine studied at Purcell School, Music Academy Basel (BMus), University of Stuttgart (MMus) and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (PGAD). She has won awards from: Moncalieri European Music Competition (Italy), Concordia Foundation (UK), Young International Janigro Competition (Croatia), Richard Wagner Foundation (Germany), Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now (Germany), Hanggi Foundation (Switzerland) and Meindl Society (Germany).
+ Galina | Violin & Viola
Galina is a friendly teacher and has passion for working with young children. Her students age from three years and up.
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 Yehudi 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 in London 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.
+ Corinne | Voice & Music Theory
Australian/American soprano Corinne has a passion for teaching voice and helping her students fulfil their potential and to achieve their goals. She focuses on a healthy vocal technique whilst also encouraging her students to enjoy the process. Corinne has over 5 years of teaching experience and focuses on breath, vocal range, head/chest voice, intonation, resonance, vocal health and musicianship. Every student has different goals and Corinne adapts her approach according to their individual needs.
Corinne has performed in major concert halls across the UK including the Barbican Concert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with Raymond Gubbay’s Johann Strauss Gala National Tour for seasons 2017 and 2018.
Corinne holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She made her Wigmore Hall debut collaborating with members of The Prince Consort, Stephen Hough and selected Guildhall students on Stephen Hough’s own composition ‘Other Love Songs’. She was also selected to be part of Graham Johnson’s Song Guild and the Semi-Chorus for Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Concert Hall, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
Recent performances include the role of Peep-bo in Charles Court Opera, The Mikado at the King's Head Theatre, Barbarina in Clonter Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro and the role of Cosette in Pimlico Opera/Grange Park Opera’s production of Les Misérables. Performance highlights also include London Symphony Orchestra’s Guildhall Artist Platform Series performing a selection of songs at the Barbican Concert Hall and LSO St Luke’s.
+ Tom | Guitar
Tom is a guitarist who studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music, graduating in 2015 with a first and being awarded the prestigious Parliamentary Yamaha Jazz Scholars. Tom has been teaching the guitar for over 8 years, gaining invaluable experience tutoring a wide range of students ranging from total beginners to advanced players. Tom is a visiting tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music, where he teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
As a performer, Tom is busy on the U.K jazz scene and has performed at the the countries top clubs and venues including Ronnie Scotts, The Vortex and Colston hall as well as performing and touring internationally in France, Switzerland and China. Tom has played with some of the top names on the UK jazz scene including Jeff Williams, Geoff Simkins, Dave Cliff and Huw Warren.
+ Cettina | Piano
Cettina has worked as a piano teacher in both secondary schools and privately, mentoring students of all levels and abilities from grade 1 to diploma. She is a very welcoming teacher and believes that everybody can reach the level they aspire to with the right guidance and structured practising methods. She is the winner of several national and international competitions and has studied with many renowned musicians such as Pavel Gililov, Stefano Fiuzzi, Enrico Pace and Bruno Canino.
As a solo pianist she has performed piano concertos and recitals in venues such as Steinway Hall (New York), Wiener Saal (Salzburg), Parco della Musica (Rome), Orsanmichele Church (Florence), Sala Puccini, Gaber Auditorium (Milan) and Crescent Arts Centre (Belfast). She obtained Diploma in Composition with top marks at the Conservatoire V. Bellini Catania in Italy and received Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Institute of Superior Music Study of Ancona and Santa Cecilia Music Academy in Rome.
Cettina teachers at her studio in Finchley Road as well as giving visitation lessons at students' homes.
+ Cathy | Violin
Cathy is an experienced violin and folk music teacher who teachers in a wide variety of styles from classical, traditional, pop, jazz to ethnic and world music. She also covers music theory in her lessons.
Coming from a musicians’ family in Estonia, Cathy started violin lessons at the age of 7. She specialised in traditional music, diving deep into archive recordings of rural violin players and putting their inheritance into the modern language of music making. She has a very open-minded and positive approach teaching individuals.
Cathy is currently studying to become an Alexander Technique teacher and integrates the fundamental principles of the technique to violin learning. This means she makes students aware of movements in their body and help them to use it as efficiently as possible whilst learning a new skill creating an organic connection with music and violin.
+ Edward | Cello
Edward began learning the cello at the age of 8, under the tutelage of Anna Shuttleworth. At 16, Edward won a scholarship to study at the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Timothy Lowe, with whom he continues his studies at the senior conservatoire.
Edward enjoys a diverse musical career, giving recitals across London and performing as a freelance orchestral musician. He also travels and performs widely with his Piano Trio, the London Panufnik Trio, with whom he has performed at St. John’s Smith Square and the Great Hall of the Silesian Philharmonic in Poland.
As well as teaching privately, Edward has worked with Newham and Waltham Forest Education Authorities and Artforms Leeds, as well as engaging in outreach projects and educational performances with various organisations, including the Centre for Young Musicians and DeCoda.
Edward believes in carefully tailoring one-to-one tuition to suit the needs of the individual - there is no "one size fits all" approach to learning or performing on the cello. He has benefitted from great teachers in the past and believes in building a strong technical foundation from which the student is able to explore the full spectrum of expression and artistic freedom that the cello can provide.
+ Grig | Violin & Viola
A talented and experienced solo performer, Grig has performed with national orchestras and given recitals in numerous countries, including UK, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Russia and Costa Rica. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied under the esteemed violinist, Maciej Rakowski.
Grig has wealth of teaching experience and teaches at Elmhurst School for Boys and Whitgift School, where he additionally developed a strings scheme and coaches 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 five years old to recently teaching public masterclasses to conservatory students in Costa Rica.
Grig adopts a personalised, 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 seven, making his debut as a soloist at fifteen with the National Organ Hall in Moldova. At sixteen, Grig came to UK 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 violin.
Notable performances include performing as a solo violinist at Cadogan Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Grig is regularly invited to perform in front of members of the diplomatic corps, including numerous ambassadors to the UK. In 2011, he was honoured to perform in front of Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
+ Betty | Singing & Performing Arts
Betty is a professional singer from Ireland. She graduated with a BMus in Voice and Dance from the University of Limerick. She has also studied music theory and vocal ensemble at the University.
Betty's students range from young children to teens. In Ireland, she taught ay Mayo Performance Academy and Mount St. Michael Secondary School. She also worked as a vocal coach at the Driftwood Dance Academy in Vancouver, Canada, where she helped 3 to 12-year old students prepare for “Annie- The Musical”.
Betty currently studies for a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London. Her passion lies in vocal performance and hopes to instil confidence in all her students so they can feel prepared to perform at any capacity whilst always catering to their vocal health.
+ Jake | Guitar, Music Production, Keyboard & Piano
Jake is a multi-faceted musician teaching guitar, piano & keyboard, song-writing and music production.
He has wealth of stage experience playing and singing in bands such as Fall Against Fate. In 2014 he gained a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting from the British Institute of Modern Music since then his career has been nothing if not versatile.
As s a songwriter he has recently released his debut album ‘The Bolean Modifier’ on which he played all of the instruments. He works also as a record producer and has engineered and recorded for artists from a variety of genres including hip hop, rock, and singer-songwriters.
+ Niall | Drums, Guitar & Music Theory
Niall is a passionate, and highly disciplined music teacher with wealth of experience teaching both children and adults. Niall believes it is essential to create avenues for exploration and expression through an open minded approach in teaching, and adapts his teaching style to suit each individual student's ability and character in order to support their path towards artistic individualism.
He studied Music at Kingston University, graduating in 2016 with a first class honours degree. Niall has previously taught at North London Grammar School and has been successfully guiding students for Trinity or Rock School syllabuses in drums, guitar and music theory.
As a versatile musician, Niall performs in a number of bands which encompass a range of genres including rock, jazz, funk, metal, R&B, and folk. He has performed at notable live venues in London such as the Black Heart and the Fiddlers Elbow with Concrete Age, or the Hope & Anchor, Scream Lounge, the Water Rats and the Amersham Arms with Orchestra Fantasma.Niall has also recently co-wrote and performed music for a production of As You Like It which showed at the Shakespeare’s Globe, Elephant Park and Burgress Park..
+ James | Drums & Percussions
James is a drummer and multi-percussionist based in London. He likes to fuse the sensibilities of his classical training with modern drumming styles and the techniques of traditional percussionists from around the world. He studied with some of the UK's top session players and studied at the University of Nottingham, whilst also getting invaluable gigging and session experience under his belt, including with the National and Halle Youth Orchestras and at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Opera House.
James teaches both young children and adults and has been guiding his students successfully to take Trinity grade system.
James plays drum kit, vibraphone and hybrid percussion set-ups with solo artists and groups in diverse settings. He has played for dance at the Barbican Centre, opera at King's Place, band sessions at BBC Studios London, and at Glastonbury Festival.
James believes in freedom of expression and non-judgemental listening through music. He gigs as a free improviser with various duos, crosses paths with other artists in the worlds of film, dance and fine art, and facilitates music workshops for disadvantaged groups in London.
+ Tamás | Clarinet, Saxophone & Recorder
Tamás started studying music very at the age of six starting with the recorder. He picked up the alto saxophone, learning both classical and jazz music. Tamás has performed and collaborated some of the most finest jazz musicians in Hungary such as Kristóf Bacsó, József Barcza Horváth, Norbert Farkas & Ákos Benkő.
He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz at the Conservatory of Trento in Italy. He studied saxophone with Robert Bonisolo, piano with Roberto Cipelli, and composition with Roberto Spadoni. Three years later, he moved to Milan where he continued his Master studies at the prestigious Conservatory of Music of Milan.
In Italy, he has worked with musicians such as Lorenzo Lombardo, Claudio Ottaviano, Giovanni Agosti, Rudi Manzoli, Marco Rottoli, Claudio Phan, Raffaele Romano, Lorenzo Blardone, Andrea Bruzzone, and many others.
+ Luke | Piano, French Horn & Music Theory
Luke has enjoyed an incredible array of musical experiences. Luke played a prominent role in the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and Great Britain, awarding him the opportunity to perform to audiences across Europe and as far a field as China. As a professional musician Luke has performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and stars including Rick Wakeman and the band, Travis. After graduating from the BMus(Hons) course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with a first, Luke boasts expertise in both Horn and Piano playing, specialising in classical and jazz music. His achievements during his time at the Guildhall were rewarded with a position on the Artists Fellowship programme as a composer.
Luke has been teaching and coaching young musicians as a volunteer at a local primary school alongside Stephen West (Classic FM’s Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year 2012). Through this experience Luke was selected as one of 10 musicians through the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain to perform the all singing, all dancing rendition of Michael Rosen’s classic children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, composed by Duncan Ward for the books 50th anniversary. This project was specifically targeted at young children below the age of 13 and was toured in Britain with great success.
In more recent years Luke has fuelled his passion for teaching and coaching through humanitarian work in his involvement with the Wind-Up Penguin Theatre Company - a charity dedicated to relieving children affected by the refugee crisis’ across the world by taking some extremely accessible theatre performances and conducting music and acting workshops. Above all, Luke is a passionate and inspiring musician and has no trouble communicating that through his teaching.
+ Stefan | Guitar & Music Production
Stefan was born in Switzerland and started playing the guitar when he was nine years old. At the age of fourteen, he started playing with his first band and had his first gig the same year. After high school he studied Jazz at the Swiss Jazz Music School in Lausanne.
He played guitar for different local artists in various venues and clubs in Switzerland. These opportunities soon became more significant and venues became big stadiums and festivals. He played with platinum record selling artists in Switzerland like STRESS and Bastian Baker.
Stefan moved to London and studied at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in Creative Musicianship, where he graduated with BMus specialinsing in Guitar and Drums. He uses programmes such as Logic Pro and Ableton for his music production. He recently launched his own record label – DejaNew Records – and signed his new project, ELEVNS. This gave him the opportunity to collaborate with various artists in UK and the US such as Years & Years, Sigala, Jamie Culum, Bastille etc. After starting building his presence on social media, he was endorsed by the brand ROLI and Soundbrenner.
As a teacher, Stefan has been involved in teaching students for nearly a decade in public schools and privately. He gives lessons in guitar, drums, music production, theory and harmony.
+ Joseph | Guitar
Joseph gained a scholarship to the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama aged nine, where he studied Classical Guitar before moving on to all styles of acoustic and electric guitar. Alongside a career in teaching and performing, Joseph studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in London. In his first year he won the Alison Stephen's guitar competition held at Trinity.
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%.
He is a young and vibrant teacher, having taught from the age of fifteen 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, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London Koko, Latitude Festival, National Theatre, British Film Institute, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bestival and Dublin & Edinburgh Fringes.