I have had the privilege of teaching violin and piano for 8 years to all levels, including preparing students for ABRSM exams and music scholarships as well as tutoring adults. I also perform regularly around the UK.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach Violin, Piano, Chamber Music and Music Theory. Due to a very busy schedule I'm currently taking on only adult students.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I hold a Royal Academy of Music Bachelor's Degree and a Postgraduate Diploma with a Distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
- How much do you charge?
50% off first lesson!
I charge £40 per lesson
- Where do you teach?
I teach in South West and South East London areas, but can travel to Central as well.
- When are you available?
My availability is flexible and I can fit it around the student's schedule so please contact me about arranging the first lesson
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach any level Violin, up to Grade 6 Piano and up to Grade 8 theory. Due to a very busy schedule I'm currently taking on only adult students.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I prepare for ABRSM Grade Exams, Trinity Music Grade Exams and any other form of exam that might be needed, such as auditioning for music scholarships.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I can teach Music Theory online - either through Skype or emails.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Learning is fun when there is progress, so always remember - a great musician is made of 5% talent and 95% work!
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have worked as an assistant for my professors and have been teaching on my own for the last 6 years. I have led workshops with a range of schools, including Thomas's Day Schools, Cardinal Vaughan School, Marlborough College and schools in Guernsey. I have played with various professional orchestras such as Royal Opera House orchestra, BBC Concert orchestra, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and regularly perform with London Sinfonietta and Southbank Sinfonia and I recently took part in the Channel4 series 'Don't Stop the Music'. I have also collaborated with popular music artists such as Taio Cruz, Noah and the Whale, Laura Marling, Elton John and have joined the ABC and Spandau Ballet for their UK tours. I also carry on performing solo in recital series around the UK and Latvia. I started playing the violin when I was 6, later on joined by piano at the age of 7. Since the very beginning of my studies I have played in ensembles and performed as a soloist on regular basis in Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, UK as well as Russia and USA. Over the years I have taken part in multiple young musician's competitions such as 'Talent for Latvia' in which I have won the 1st prize 3 years running and a Grand Prix in 2002. In 2011 I won The Bach Solo Prize held in Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and performed S.Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.2 solo with Southbank Sinfonia twice in 2013. I have also performed with great conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Sir Colin Davis. I have worked with Welsh National Opera, London Sinfonietta and am currently working with BBC Concert Orchestra.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
I was trained in Latvia until the age of 18. I started playing the violin at the age of 6 in a music school with Maija Ozola, and at the age of 13 I was transferred to a boarding school, similar to the Menuhin School, studying with Ludmila Girska. During that time I started having consultation lessons with a professor in London - Igor Petrushevski, and after graduation I was offered a place at the Royal Academy of Music where I continued to study with him for the next 4 years. For my postgraduate I decided to go to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and was awarded a full scholarship to study for a Postgraduate Diploma.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I currently teach a brother and sister (9 and 7 years old) - they both play piano. The boy has been playing for 2 years now and is very bright and talented, he already at this age understands that one needs to practice to progress and knows exactly how to do it, he is currently preparing for his Grade 5 exam having received a Distinction at all his previous Grade exams. His sister is taking after her brother and is always wonderfully prepared and enthusiastic in her lessons. Another one of my students is an 8 year old girl whom I teach the violin and she is progressing in leaps and bounds - she loves theory and sight-reads very fast for her age. Having received Distinction in her Grades 1&2, she is about to do her Grade 3 now, and I expect the best results! I also teach 2 adult students, which is a very different experience and very educational for me too I find - we have a lot of great fun together!
• Bachelor of Music, Royal Academy of Music
• Postgraduate Diploma, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
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