I am enthusiastic and an encouraging teacher who has a very individual approach to each of my students. I believe that playing an instrument is an extremely important part in everyone's personal development.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach the violin, chamber music ensembles, music theory and I also teach piano up to Grade 5. I also combine music theory in all my lessons.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
2014 - Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music.
2011 - BMus at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2008 - BMus at the Ignacy Padarewky's Music Academy in Poland
- How much do you charge?
£60 per hour,
- Where do you teach?
Notting Hill Gate or at the student's own home
- When are you available?
Please contact me for my current teaching schedule.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
All ages and levels welcome!
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I regularly prepare my students for ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall exams. also provide coaching for auditions, exams and academic performances.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I started the violin at the age of 7. It has brought me such a joy in both: playing and teaching. Music is my way of living.
If you feel like you'd like to ask few question, inquire about lessons please do get in touch!
- What kind of experience do you have?
Violinist Romana Szczepaniak was born in Poznan, Poland where she studied at the Padarewski Music Academy. She than continued her musical journey at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Krzysztof Smietana and the Royal College of Music in class of Prof. Maciej Rakowski.
During her studies in UK Romana was a holder of Scholarship by Prof. Barry Ife, Denis and Sylvia Forbes Scholarship and Baring Foundation Award. She is very grateful for the generous support of Zetland Foundation.
Romana enjoys her career as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and session orchestra player.
She took part in many Music Festivals and Masterclasses in Europe and in the UK, having pleasure to perform in such a venues like Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St Johns Smiths Square, Kings Place, St.James's Piccadilly, St.Martins in the Fields.
Romana is a winner of numerous competitions and awards – Musicians Benevolent Fund Postgraduate Performance Award (London, 2012,2013), a special award for outstanding performance of W. Lutoslawski Subito at the Kenneth Page Foundation (United Kingdom, 2011), 1st prize at the International Violin Competition in Pontivrea (Italy, 2007), 3rd prize at the International Violin Competition Premia Rok Jakaj (Italy, 2007) and 1st prize at the National String Competition in Poznan (Poland, 2003).
As an orchestral musician she has played under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, Sir Roger Norrington, Peter Stark, Rowan Baker, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Leif Segerstam, Jan Krenz, Jerzy Salwarowski, Karl Veen, Jan Holtrop, James Gaffigan, Grzegorz Nowak.
She had a pleasure to be a member of London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Ulster Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, Polish National Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonics and she regularly performs also as a soloist with SIlk Street Sinfonia.
Romana has worked and received masterclasses from artists such as Yuri Zhisiln, Leonid Kerbel, Peter Schuhmayer, Viviane Hagner, Carole Presland, Mark Messenger, Hannah Dawson, Charles Owen, Caroline Palmer, Madeleine Mitchell, Martin Roscoe, Balcea Quartet and Sacconi Quartet.
In May 2015 Romana started running her own concert series St Johns Music.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
Royal College of Music - Maciej Rakowski, Mark Messenger, Peter Schumayer.
Guildhall School of Music and Drama - Krzysztof Smietana, Charles Owen, Caroline Palmer, Charles Roscoe.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
MU - Musicians Union
- Tell me about some of your current students.
The ages of my students vary. The youngest is 5 years and the oldest is 92 years old.
I have an individual approach to every one of my students. Every one of them has different needs, ability levels and separate goals.
45 min = £45
• MPerf Royal College of Music
• BHons Guildhall School of Music and Drama
• Incorporated Society of Musicians
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