Anna Douglass appears as guest principal horn in orchestras around the country, and plays regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra. Since winning the BBC Young Musician Brass Category in 2010, Anna has gone been awarded the Royal Academy of Music Dennis Brain Horn Prize in 2012, and the Bob Paxman Young Horn Players Fund Award in 2013, for which she received a custom-made Paxman horn. Anna has enjoyed success in her solo playing around the country, with recital experience including performances in the Wigmore Hall, Glamis Castle, and Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, and concertos at St. Martin in the Fields and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. She is also a regular session musician, appearing on major Hollywood soundtracks and albums such as the latest Mission Impossible and the Avengers. Anna studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Richard Watkins, Michael Thompson, and Martin Owen.
Ineza Kerschkamp is a Rwanden born Belgian jazz singer. She started out singing classical music at the age of 15 but would 2 years later make the transition to jazz music. She studied jazz vocals at the conservatoire of Maastricht in The Netherlands and is currently studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for music and dance in London. Ineza is a talented composer and has performed her own music at the jazz Maastricht festival. She's currently signed to D/A music group in London and is in the proces of creating and bringing out her debut single. Next to jazz she's also inspired by pop and soul music and she has experience in teaching these musical styles. Ineza is a motivated and dedicated tutor who enjoys helping her students finding their own voice and musical identity.
Richard is an experienced guitarist, with years of gigging experience. He has an extensive knowledge of many genres of music, and is currently working with several bands. He has a bachelors degree in Music Performance from the London College of Music, where he specialised in Jazz guitar. He is currently studying towards a masters degree in Music Performance at the London College of Music, and is researching in to the academic side of performance. Richard is an experienced teacher, having taught both large groups of students and one to one lessons. He has taught students of different playing abilities, ranging from beginner to advanced. Alongside teaching guitar, Richard also teaches music theory.
Luca is a versatile guitarist and musician. He has performed, recorded and arranged in a variety of styles such as Rock, Pop, Funk, Soul, R/n/B, Jazz, Blues, and World Music.
After spending some time performing and studying in Los Angeles with some of its most respected guitarists and since completing his bachelor Popular Music Performance Bmus(Hons) at the University of West London(First Class Honours) , Luca has been working regularly as a live session guitarist for various events across the UK and Europe.
He has also been working on his first album and on an ambitious instrumental project entitled, “Mediterranea Duo,” performing a repertoire ranging from Chick Corea and
Django Reinhardt to Paco De Lucia. Luca is a dedicated Guitar Teacher, a member of “Registry of Guitar Tutors” with a high level of experience in both one-on-one and in group settings; he has total knowledge of the English music grading system (Trinity,Abrsm) as well as other teaching methods available(Berklee, Musicians Institute). He possesses a genuine enthusiasm for sharing both his knowledge and passion for music.
Jenni swiftly progressed through the ABRSM grades for violin with 8 distinctions and achieved the dipABRSM diploma, the Torbay Young Musician and the Director's Outstanding Award of the Torbay Schools Festival before moving to London to further her studies. She recently graduated from King's College London and also specialised in Advanced Performance Studies (violin) at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Professor Joshua Fisher. In 2014, she achieved the Licentiate award of the Royal Schools of Music in violin (LRSM), with viola as a related instrument. She performs regularly with numerous orchestras and ensembles, at theatres and for recording sessions, and her orchestral work has taken her to international stages such as the Edinburgh Festival and the Royal Festival Hall, working with soloists and conductors such as Toby Purser, Ed Gardner, Tom Poster and Guy Johnston. Jenni also manages and performs with the Grazioso String Quartet. She has been passionate about instrumental teaching since her school days, where she prepared beginner piano and violin students for ABRSM exams. Since moving to London to study music she continues to teach violin, viola, double bass and piano privately to students of all ages and abilities ranging from beginner to grade 8 standard. Her students have been successful in ABRSM exams, played in competitions, workshops, festivals and on the BBC. She also teaches music theory in order that students may pass grade 5 theory when they reach the equivalent playing standard. Jenni recently presented a series of education in schools workshops on the violin/viola as part of different outreach initiatives to inspire young musicians, and has taken great pleasure in directing young string groups in festivals and concerts, encouraging their ensemble skills. Jenni is the founder and leader of an 11-piece string group for young musicians who won their category at the South West of England Music Festival. She has helped mentor violin sections of the National Orchestra For All, a children’s orchestra that promotes musical provision for young people no matter what their level of experience, whilst enhancing students’ confidence and performance skills. Jenni encourages students to develop their own musical judgement and listening skills whilst solidifying technique, score reading and interpretation skills across a variety of genres and styles. Recognising that each student is an individual and following a teaching programme that incorporates their interests, Jenni is able to relate practical work accordingly to, say, theory that students may have learnt in school, history of music, music in film, historical violin pedagogy, general performance skills or Alexander technique. Jenni is passionate about sharing her experience and love of violin-playing with students of all ages and abilities.
James Pettinger is a professional jazz pianist, working and studying in London, based in the Greenwich area. He is a passionate teacher - he has been teaching for five years in various contexts; in schools, privately, and in other learning institutes, both in one-on-one and in groups. He teaches to a wide range of abilities and interests, including beginner and advanced graded classical music, graded jazz music, and popular music, and teaches from some of his own teaching resources.
James is now in his final year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he has been studying under some of the best jazz musicians in the UK. He has been gigging around London and the UK, including in some of the top jazz venues in the world, Ronnie Scott's and the Vortex.
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Rob grew up in South London and studied drum kit and percussion at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where his teachers included Michael Doran, David Wickins, Roger Beaujolais, Barak Schmool, Dawson Miller, Guy Harries, and Gary Kettel.
He has worked with artists and bands including James Arthur, Wendy James (Transvision Vamp), Isabella Summers (Florence And The Machine), Diane Charlemagne (Goldie, Netsky, S.P.Y), London Contemporary Voices, Dionne Bennett (Slowly Rolling Camera), and Mullaha.
Rob splits his time between freelance and session work, as well as playing in Talk In Colour, More Is More, and running a unique 12-piece ensemble; Stompy's Playground.
He has performed at the Royal festival Hall, The Southbank Centre, The Union Chapel, and festivals including Shambala, Wilderness, Boomtown, Bestival, and Hop Farm.
Mireia Carbonell was born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain on 1979. She began to study classical music (piano and guitar) when she was 13 years old with a private tutor as an extracurricular activity. In hers twenties, she started official studies in classical guitar at Sabadell’s Conservatory till she reach the grade 7. At the same time, she began to study electric bass guitar at ‘Aula de Música Moderna i Jazz de Barcelona’ an she began to playand perform with bands as a bass player. In 2001, she earned a mention through a composition competition at Sabadell’s Conservatory. The next year (in 2002), she earned the first prize of the same competition. Three years later, she was accepted at Escola Superior de Música a de Catalunya (ESMUC), as a undergraduated student in electric bass. She based her final thesis on ‘Ona Laietana Music’, an underground highly skilled musical trend that, although became very famous in the seventies, was marginalized for the political establishment. Due to the absence of bibliography, she had to interview a large number of musicians from this period.
When she finished the studies, she moved to Amsterdam where she played with several bands (Victor Sams duo, Sound of Persia) and led her own project ‘Periscopi Inverit’ (Reversed Periscope).
She studied with bass players as Jordi Ruiz, Ignasi Zamora, Gary Willis, Josep Pérez Cucurella, Ignasi Terraza and made a "mentoring trajet" with the drummer Lucas van Merwijk.
Throughout her career, she has worked as a bass player in a function band, musical theatre and a circus company. As well she has always played with jazz, funk, pop and world music bands. She has a great experience as a music teacher in private music schools from Barcelona, Catalonia, from 2002 to 2010, and as a private music tutor in Amsterdam from 2010 to 2013. She currently lives in North London, where she is playing with the soul songwriter "Malunga”, "Blue Croon" classic jazz band and collaborated with some afro-beat bands like “Nelson & Friends” and“Koroleko” as a dep bass player.
Dimitris Spouras was born in 1989 in Thessaloniki. He started his musical studies (1994) in the State Conservatory in Stavroupoli – Thessaloniki in the class of recorder under F. Terzis and then in the class of clarinet under the same teacher. He graduated in 2010 with the diploma in clarinet with great distinction and praise excellent performance. He studied harmony, counterpoint and fugue in the same conservatory under P. Bekiaridis and O. Solomonidou. He is a graduate of the music school in Thessaloniki and the ‘University of Macedonia – Thessaloniki’ in the department ‘Musical Science and Arts’ (2012 Bachelor of music) with the specialization clarinet – soloist under M. Mumulides and M. Ploumidis. Last year graduated from Royal Flemish conservatory in Antwerp (clarinet) under I. Lybeert and R. Dils and from orchestra conducting course at the same university under I. Venkov. He is continuing his studies in the Royal conservatory of Brussels (conducting) under B. Bouckaert and in Guildhall School of Music and Drama for postgraduate in clarinet (Orchestra Artistry Diploma – collaboration with London Symphony Orchestra) under professors Andrew Marriner, Nic Carpenter and Joy Farrall.
He has attended master classes with P. Radev, S. Mourikis, T. Sotiriadis and Zeretzke.
In 2014 he won the first prize and the special prize in the ‘First Hellenic Orchestra Conducting Competition with the State Orchestra of Thessalonki’. In 2005 he won the first prize in the Greek music schools competition. In 2006 he was chosen, after auditioning for a stage with the state orchestra of Thessaloniki and some months later he was chosen as the second clarinet in the Youth State Orchestra of Thessaloniki.
He has played as member of the orchestra in famous halls around Europe under the direction of S. Gordon, R. Long, K. Papazoglou, K. Trikolidis, T. Symeondis, G. Hadjinikos, M. Makraki and I. Venkov.
Since last year he is artistic director and chief conductor of the new ensemble Antwerpen Camerata and he has conducted the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, the State Orchestra of Athens and the Russe Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.
Born in Agrigento (Italy) on the 15th of June, 1991, Marco Marotta is professional freelance saxophone player (tenor, soprano and alto saxophone) and composer. He has a wide experience as performer. He is used to play different genres without boundaries: jazz, blues, funk, pop, ambient, free improvvisation, fusion, ambient, electronic music, soul, musical. In 2007 he opened a concert of Biagio Antonacci, famous italian singer, in Palermo (Italy), with a support band. He obtained his Jazz bachelor degree at the conservatory "Vincenzo Bellini" of Palermo (italy), in february 2014, by the highest score: 110 cum laude with distinction. In Italy he attended important summer clinics: Umbria Jazz (2009, 2011, 2012), Piazza Jazz (2012), Summer Jazz in Trabia (2013), taking part to several masterclasses with musicians as Dino Govoni, Danilo Rea, Emanuele Cisi, Francesco Cafiso, Max Ionata, Seamus Blake, Jerry Weldon, Marco Tamburini and Steve Grossman. In july 2013 he played with band led by the drummer Mimmo Cafiero at the international festival of " Langnau Jazz Nights " in Switzerland. He moved to London in september 2015, where he achieved his jazz master degree at Guildhall school of music and drama in 2016. He studied there with musicians as Malcolm Edmonstone, Iain Ballamy, Stan Sulzmann, Jean Toussaint, Scott Stromann. Since he moved to London he has played in venues as the Barbican Centre free stage (featuring free jazz musicians as Marshall Allen and Henry Grimes), the Rich Mix (where he performed for the London Jazz festival with the project "Impossibilities", led by Paul Griffith), Victoria and Albert museum, Milton Court
Ben Carr is a recorder player, flautist and drummer. He studied Music at the University of Bristol, where he performed in the University Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Baroque Ensemble. He also performed with the Renaissance ensemble Rosafresca, formed an Irish Folk band, and regularly drummed in his church. For several years he also drummed for a big band at his school, where he has a Music Scholarship.
Ben is currently studying for an MMus in Historical Performance on recorders at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. His post-graduate studies are generously supported by the Michael James Musical Trust, a Derek Butler award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and a scholarship award from the Guildhall School.
Ben loves teaching the flute, recorders and drum kit to young people of all ages. He also regularly works on the Social Staff for the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain. When not performing, listening and writing about music, Ben loves to train for 10ks and half marathons.
Chris is currently studying towards a master’s degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire where he is a thankful recipient of the Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarship. He has played bass for fifteen years and takes a strong interest in jazz, classical and popular music.
As a teacher he believes many of the facets of being a good bass player can be developed away from the instrument. This involves developing a student's intonation and aural awareness through ear training and singing, as well as developing their sense of time through metronome games and exercises.
He can currently be found playing double bass and electric bassin several groups across London focusing on traditional New Orleans jazz, bebop and contemporary jazz.
British baritone Wesley Biggs is in demand throughout the classical repertoire for the use of his “… magnificent [baritone] voice” (Discover magazine) and has “wowed the choir and audience alike” throughout the UK. He recently appeared as: Jack Point, Yeoman of the Guard (RCMIOS), Papageno, Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS), Shaunard, La Bohème (Opera Alberelli) Death, Savitri (Shrewsbury Cantata), The Father, Hänsel und Gretel (Leamington Sinfonia) and for his Michele in Puccini’s Il Tabarro (BCO), Wesley’s interpretation was described as “believable… and tormented” (Birmingham Post).
Wesley is sought around the UK for the concert platform and recent engagements include: Elijah (Shrewsbury Cantata), Mozart’s Requiem (Orpheus Choir), Handel's Messiah (Market Harborough Choral Society), Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem (Ludlow Orchestra). Wesley is often booked to perform Stainer’s Crucifixion after many highly acclaimed performances and regularly sings in opera galas around the country.
Wesley has had the honour of receiving coaching from internationally renown artists, conductors and scholars such as Mary King, Richard Stokes, Stephen Barlow, Philip Headlam, Stuart Wilde, Christopher Middleton and Peter Selwyn to name but a few.
He is the winner of the Mayoral Trophy for operatic performance and finalist of the 2014 Mario Lanza Opera Competition.
Wesley is also an experienced teacher and pedagog. He has helped students prepare for ABRSM exams in singing and offers a structures learning plan for those who do not wish to take exams. Wesley has delivered school based classroom workshops focusing particularly on encouraging boys to begin singing. He has prepared pupils for Grade 5 Theory examinations and tutored GCSE Music. Wesley's students have ranged from early years children to mature adults.
Whilst juggling his busy schedule, Wesley continues his studies at the Royal College of Music where he is an RCM Award Holder supported by a Musicians' Company Lambert Mentorship. Wesley studies under the direction of his Vocal Professor Justin Lavender and Repertoire coach John Blakely.
Born in Suffolk, Lewis Tingey began playing the bass at the age of fifteen.
He is a graduate from the Royal College of Music in London and studied Tony Hougham, the Principal Double Bass of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Since beginning his studies at the RCM, Lewis has performed in many prestigious venues across London, including the 02 Arena, the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and St Paul's Cathedral. A keen session player, Lewis has played in recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios, Angel Studios and Metropolis Studios, and is also in demand within the RCM, recording new works by its student composers. He has worked with many internationally renowned conductors and musicians such as Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Jurowski, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Roger Norrington, Edward Gardner, Nicola Benedetti, Deep Purple, Rick Wakeman and Milos Karadaglic. Lewis has also performed in masterclasses with distinguished bassists Joel Quarrinton, Enrico Fagone, Donovan Stokes and Gabriele Ragghianti.
Lewis recently premiered 'Leaving St Kilda' a piece composed for him by renowned bassist David Heyes. Leaving St Kilda depicts the last few days and the evacuation of the island St. Kilda in the 1930's after centuries of inhabitation.
Lewis is the Lower Strings Tutor for the Suffolk Youth Orchestra and Suffolk Young Strings, where he held the position of Principal Bass before he moved to London. He has toured extensively around Europe with the Suffolk Youth Orchestra, performing in many venues across Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland and the Czech Republic. He is also a Double Bass Teacher.
Lewis is a budding conductor, having studied under Peter Stark and Natalia Luis-Bassa. He also partakes in participatory music education, which involves organising musical workshops for children and adults.
Toby Carswell is a student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, currently studying composition under the tutelage of renowned composer Errollyn Wallen. As well as composing and arranging, Toby has been playing the piano from the age of 4, and brass instruments since the age of 7, achieving grade 8 in euphonium and trombone as well as piano. Toby also passed grade 5 theory with distinction. He has played with Morely Jazz Orchestra, Swing Unlimited Big Band, Forest Fires Big Band, Hyde Brass Band, Wessex Youth Orchestra and recently completed a tour of France with the Bournemouth University Big Band. He is currently doing copying work for the award winning saxophonist Mark Lockheart as well as teaching trombone and piano in Bournemouth, when not studying for his degree in London. He is a qualified American football coach and Junior Sports Leader, showing good leadership ability, which he uses to aid his conducting, having studied under Peter Stark, who also teaches at the Royal College of Music.
Originally from Billingham, Teesside, Jonathan gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in classical guitar at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the tutorship of John Mills, Graham Anthony Devine, Helen Sanderson, Steve Gordon and Elefethria Kotzia. In 2012 Jonathan studied at the Conservatory of Music of Central Finland in Jyvaskyla with the guitarist and composer Kai Nieminen and is currently studying for a Masters in performance on a scholarship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
As well as performing throughout Europe, Jonathan has performed at Kings Place, Leeds College of Music, Dora Stoutzker Hall, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Ushaw College Chapel, Southwark Cathedral, St Martin’s in The Bullring, The National Museum of Wales and for London Guitar Festival, Greenwich Early Music Festival, Exeter Guitar Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival 2013, Sowerby Music and Middlesbrough, Cardiff and Swansea Classical Guitar Societies.
Jonathan is also an active and experienced chamber musician having given recitals with singers Jessica Robinson, Tom Smith and Grace Wain. Jonathan is a member of the What Guitar Trio specialising in contemporary music written for guitar trio. In both 2013 and 2015 Jonathan won first prize in the John Mills Guitar Prize.
Jonathan has been supported for his future studies by The Leverhulme Trust, The Joan Greenfield Trust, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Peter Chase Award and by The Help Musicians’ Postgraduate Award.
Jonathan has been teaching privately for the past 7 years and he is comfortable teaching all styles, ages and abilities
Zsuzsanna Melinda Tamas is a native Hungarian, born in Romania. She started her violin studies at early years, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005 in Cluj Napoca. She studied violin under Prof. Valeriu Maior and Gero Botar.
Her studies in Music Performance and Education together with her experience as a Professional Musician in many orchestras has greatly enhanced her knowledge about the role and importance of music and instrumental teaching. As a violin teacher she has had the privilege to work with students across a wide age range Her experience includes individual lessons and group instrumental or musicianship lessons. She has experience working with the syllabuses of all major examination boards, from prep level to grade 8.
She is a violinist with many different orchestras in London such as LMTO and Notting Hill Orchestra for Film Music. Zsuzsanna has won a first violin position at the National Romanian Opera of Cluj Napoca (2008) and the National Hungarian Opera and Theatre (2012). Immediately after earning her degree, she started her career at the National Philharmonic Orchestra or Oradea.
She has toured extensively throughout Europe. In addition to working for Arts Academy, she is also working for The Strings Club, and volunteering as a Violin Teaching Assistant.
Berxwedan Koçkaya is a classical guitarist from London and began his musical training with Caner Şahin before studying further with James Woodrow. He has recently completed his Undergraduate degree under the tuition of Mark Ashford and Mark Eden at Birmingham Conservatoire. Berxwedan has taken part in classes with renowned guitarists such as Xuefei Yang, Marcin Dylla, Matteo Mela, Carlos Bonell, Gary Ryan, Chris Stell, Amanda Cook and Duo Agostino amongst many others. He has given performances in venues including The Other Place (Stratford-upon-Avon), West Dean Guitar Festival (Chichester), St Martins in the Bullring (Birmingham), Odd Fellows Hall (Sheffield) and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and his awards include 1st Prize in the 2015 Birmingham Conservatoire Guitar Prize, 2nd Prize in the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Prize with Alma Guitar Quartet and Finalist in the Doris Newton Club Prize.
He performs as a soloist and is a member of Alma Guitar Quartet, who recently premiered new works written especially for the quartet in a concert as part of the Birmingham Conservatoire Frontiers Festival in 2016.
Lewis is a graduate in Music Composition and Technology (BSc(hons) from the University of Hertfordshire. He has been playing Bass Guitar for 9 years and performs regularly, most commonly with his Rock band, 'Taller Than Stories'. He has performed in and around London, in venues such as the Borderline, Islington, Camden Barfly and Ealing Jazz Festival.
Rock Music is his main area of playing, but he is also proficient in other genres and styles. As well as playing, he can teach pupils the tech side of music too, including the use of effects pedals, recording and mixing. As well as this, he can teach bass guitar music theory as they learn, helping them to improvise and understand how music works.
Lewis is thrilled to be on the team at the Arts Academy.