Very experienced professional performer and teacher of Violin and Piano in South Croydon
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Violin and Piano, all ages from 7 upwards, beginners to advanced. I also prepare pupils for the Associated Board Grade 5 Theory Exam.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
Royal Academy of Music Professional Certificate (Violin and Piano), LRAM Violin Teachers Diploma, DipNCOS (Diploma in Orchestral Studies from the National Centre for Orchestral Studies)
- How much do you charge?
I charge £36 per hour or £18 for half an hour.
- Where do you teach?
I teach in my own home in South Croydon, which is situated 7 mins walk from south croydon railway station. There are excellent train services to and from London, Caterham, and East Croydon with links to Brighton, Horsham, East Grinstead, Bromley, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
- When are you available?
I mainly teach Monday - Thursday, daytime and evenings by arrangement. I am not normally available at weekends.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages from 7 upwards, beginners to advanced. Adults welcome.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Associated Board Examinations (ABRSM), Music College entrance. I also help them prepare for the performance section of GCSE and A level music as required. If am also happy to teach pupils who do not wish to take exams.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I do not offer online tutoring
- What kind of experience do you have?
As a performer I worked as a full-time orchestral violinist with the Reichenhaller Philharmonie, Germany for 12 years. Since my return to the UK I have worked as a freelance player with numerous top orchestras and ensembles including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and Orchestra of English National Ballet. I also run my own ensemble, the Beaufort String Quartet. As a pianist I have performed at the Basil Street Hotel, Knightsbridge and accompanied ballet classes at the MacAlpine School of Dance, Camberwell, and recently performed as an orchestral pianist with I Maestri. I have been running my own private teaching practice in Croydon since 2000.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes, valid from October 2013
- Where and with whom did you train?
I studied at the Royal Academy of Music, studying Violin with Nona Liddell and Piano with Hamish Milne. After leaving the RAM I undertook further study (violin) with James Coles at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies and Professor Ernst Kovacic at the Vienna Academy of Music
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Yes, I am a member of the Musicians' Union and in 2006 I was elected a member of the Royal Society of Musicians.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I currently have several advanced pupils including a Grade 8 piano pupil and two adult violin pupils who are preparing for diplomas. I also have some very keen younger pupils including two (one violin, one piano) who won music awards (bursaries) at Old Palace School in Croydon this term (February 2018), and an autistic boy who recently passed Grade 3 piano with Merit. My most recent star violin pupil was offered places at the Junior departments of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music last year and is now studying at Chetham's specialist music school in Manchester. Amongst my former piano pupils, one has just completed his piano studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich and is pursuing post-graduate studies with Sergio de Simone in Italy; and another has become a professional actor-musician and has been performing as an on-stage keyboard player in the West End and on tour with "Dreamboats and Petticoats" the Musical, for 5 years.
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