I am an enthusiastic violin and viola teacher and performer with long experience in music schools, music services and conservatoires in the UK and Greece with pupils of all levels and age groups. I have experience preparing students for graded exams (ABRSM or Trinity) and also to coach small ensemble concerts with my students. I have an enhanced DBS check for all ages and also safeguarding training level 1 and 2 for young people and schools. Member of the ISM.
My teaching philosophy is that knowledge should be given to the student in an interesting and creative way as I consider important that someone should love the subject she/he is learning and enjoy it throughout the whole process. In this way learning becomes much easier and effective. I include in my lessons a lot of activities, training this way the student in various aspects giving a well rounded musical education.
I was born in Greece and from an early age I was exposed to many different musical stimuli, fact which contributed to my later artistic development as a classical, contemporary and world music performer.
I perform for many years at concerts in various countries with several orchestras (such as Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English National Ballet, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra etc.), chamber music ensembles, traditional and popular music bands as well as a soloist.
I am founding member of Diphonon Duo (Viola-Accordion) with the Spanish accordionist Inigo Mikeleiz Berrade, performing a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary Music and transcriptions of various traditional-inspired compositions as well. Diphonon Duo was chosen to be the Open Academy/Wigmore Hall Learning Fellowship Ensemble for the year 2017-18.
Since 2019 we are Live Music Now musicians.
I have been a scholar of Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Royal Academy of Music, Athena Scholarship and State Scholarships Foundation of Greece.
I have studied violin at the University of Macedonia in Greece and the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria with J.Pospichal.
After obtaining my Violin Bachelor Degree with grade “Excellent” I continued to Postgraduate Studies (Master of Arts) in Viola Performance with full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London where I graduated from the class of J.Sleigh. Thereafter I studied with the renowned violist Roger Chase at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where I obtained my Postmaster Degree (Postgraduate Advanced Diploma) in viola performance. I have also received the LRAM teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Music with specialisation in violin and viola education.
Among other important musicians, I had the chance to perform in masterclasses and lessons with Lawrence Power, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Garth Knox, Hartmut Rohde, Paul Silverthorne, Annette Isserlis, Paul Patterson, Tatjana Masurenko etc.
2019 – present Violin and viola tutor (individual and small groups) – Greenwich Music School, London, UK
2019 – present Violin and viola tutor (individual and small groups) – Millennium Primary School, London, UK
2018 – present Freelance musician partner of Wigmore Hall Learning Department cooperating in projects with children (musicianship workshops etc.) and community music projects (care homes people with dementia, hospitals, homeless and abused people, SEND schools)
2019 – present Live Music Now musician organizing and performing in interactive projects in SEND schools, care homes and community centers.
2018-2019 Violin and viola tutor (individual and small groups) – Kingston Music Service, London, UK
2016-2019 Violin and viola tutor (individual lessons and small groups) – Music House for Children, London, UK
2017-2018 Fellow Ensemble (Diphonon Duo – Viola Accordion) – Wigmore Hall Learning
• Participating in community music projects with various groups of people (people with dementia, people with disabilities etc.)
• Organizing and participate actively in workshops for children (many age levels) in Wigmore Hall
• Performing in concerts in Wigmore Hall
2016-2018 Violin and viola tutor (individual lessons and small groups) – Kite Music, London, UK
2016-2017 Violin Music Teacher – Music’n’Joy, London, UK
2008-present Violin and Viola Tutor – Private violin and viola teaching
2014 – 2015 Violin and Chamber Music teacher – Varvoution Conservatory of Ptolemaida, Greece
• Providing individual lessons to children aged 7-16 years old
• Chamber Music coaching
• End of the year exams facilitation
• Coaching and participation in the conservatory’s student orchestra
2010 – 2011 Violin Teacher – Music Highschool of Serres, Greece
• Private and small group violin tutoring to children 12-15 years old
2017-2018 Postgraduate Advanced Diploma (PGAD) in Viola Performance, Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance
2016-2020 Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM diploma) specialized in violin and viola teaching
2016 Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Department for Education, UK (recognition from the EU BMus)
2015 – 2017 Master of Arts (MA) in Viola Performance, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK
2013 – 2014 Erasmus Exchange Program in Violin Performance, University for Music and performing Arts Vienna, Austria
Grade: 1 out of 1
2010 – 2014 Bachelor of Music degree (BMus) in Violin Performance and Education, Department of Music Science and Arts, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Grade: 9.23 out of 10 (1st Class)
2002 – 2007 Diploma in Byzantine Music, Aristoksenion Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Greece
Grade: 9.5 out of 10
2000 – 2009 Soloist Diploma in Violin Performance and Teaching, Macedonian Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Greece
Grade: 10 out of 10
OTHER MUSICAL PERFORMING EXPERIENCE
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
English National Ballet Philharmonic
Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London
Orpheus Kammerorchester, Vienna
Camilli String Quartet
HONOURS & AWARDS
2017 – 2018 Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship for PGAD at TLCMD
2015 – 2017 Royal Academy of Music Entrance Scholarship
2015 – 2017 Athena Trust Award for Viola MA studies at the RAM
2013 – 2014 State Scholarships Foundation of Greece - Erasmus Exchange Program Scholarship
Greek: Mother Tongue
I have been working with Michael since 2016. He is really professional and trustworthy. His musical and artistic skills are of the highest level and, adding to that, he is a fantastic educator. He is very engaging and a skilled communicator with children and young people.
I have worked with Michael, both through teaching and performance work, for a number of years now. Not only is he a refined, highly talented musician but his teaching is of the same impressive level! I have seen how engaged his pupils are when he teaches and how his pupils have progressed so well through these years. I also admire his wonderful musicianship with Greek traditional music! Michael really is an impressive all round musician and teacher who's down to earth character and friendliness makes him wonderful to work with and to learn from!
Michael is a highly skilled musician with great performance and teaching experience. We work together in various educational setting for the last 5 years and is my first recommendation for violin/viola lessons.
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