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Deborah De Pasquale

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Deborah De Pasquale

Deborah is an italian singer and pianist based in the UK who began her artistic career at the age of 9, participating in several Opera productions of Donizetti theatre in Bergamo: Carmen (Bizet) , La Bohème (Puccini) Tosca (Puccini).

During her studies in piano and singing early in her life she fell in love with the voices of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and many others stars of the Soul music scene and she decided that she would have dedicated her entire life to music.

In 2009 she became EVT certified master teacher and she started to teach in different music school in Italy and Switzerland. Meanwhile she started to study with Albert Hera (Bobby McFerrin) and thanks to him she discovered the Circle songs world and she deepened her skills approaching other singing techniques, as BAPNE, a method created by Dr Javier Romero Naranjo which aims to develop the multiple intelligences related to singing.

In 2012 she got a Musictherapy degree and she started to work as music therapist for children with autism at Maugeri Hospital (Milano) and Fondazione Sospiro (Crema).

Over the years she has been also working as lead vocalist for different bands, gigging around Italy, Switzerland and the UK, working in many luxury hotels around the world and taking part of international projects.
 

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Steven Goossens

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Steven Goossens

Steven has a degree in jazz and contemporary (Bachelor of Applied Music Performance) and has toured Australia, UK and Europe, played festivals including Isle of Wight, Boomtown, Belladrum Tartan, Nozstock, Brownstock.

He currently works in a primary school as a music teacher, providing both whole class lessons and one-to-one tuition.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia; Steven very much likes the UK, but misses the sunshine!

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Silvia Zanaboni

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Silvia Zanaboni

Born in Magenta,Milan, in 1989, Silvia Zanaboni began studying the piano when she was 13 under the guide of Silvia Peruzzi, student of Alberto Mozzati, one of the greatest Italian Piano Teacher of 20th century.
She did her first piano exam in Novara Conservatory when she was 16.Her talent was noticed by the internal examining Commission, who asked her to apply as an intern student in theirInstitute andshe started the Bachelor Degree in 2007 with Walter Bozzia. She studied chamber music with Mariagrazia Gazzola, student of Altenberg Trio of Wien. 

She performed as soloist and with chamber music ensemblesin Italy ( Dal Verme Theater, Villa Simonetta, Classic Church Festival, Auditorium Bernasconi, Sala Bicchierai of Auxologico Institute, Sala La pianta, Milano Piano City 2013 and 2014…), in Switzerland, France ( for the 2011 Music Festival of Agenais, at the Espace le Regard du cygne of Paris), in Lithuania ( for the 2012 Vivace Vilnius Summer Festival of Music), and in Germany ( Gasthause of Frankfurt University). She also played for Radio Rai2 and in 2011 she was guest artist for ToBeContinued Radio Marathon.
She completed her Masters Degree in Piano Performance at the Conservatory of music in Novara, Italy, achieving distinction with Professor Michele Fedrigotti and at the Bern Hochschule der Kϋnste with Patricia Pagny.

Silvia won several music competitions: Moncalieri Music Competition and Lucca music Competition, Asti Music Competition, Concours National de France- Ville de Strasbourg .She already recorded two CDs, the first one as guest artist, in January 2012 for the 150th Claude Debussy’s anniversary , for the Bern Hochschuleand the second in January 2013 in Paris, with the piano music of Clément Variéras, a young french composer.
Furthermore she worked as a piano teacher in both a private studio(October 2008-to december 2014) and in Music schools ( “La mia nuova scuola di musica” , Arluno, from February 2012 to June 2013 and “ E.Curiel” Secondary School, Cornaredo ,from January 2012-to May 2013). Her students continue to achieve great results - winning various music competitions and succeeding in Conservatory examinations with excellent grades.

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Sabina Ioana Virtosu

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Sabina Ioana Virtosu

Sabina has over 20 years’ experience playing the violin and has graduated with Honours from the Royal College of Music with Honours in 2013, where she studied with Yossi Zivoni. She is an accomplished soloist/chamber musician/ orchestral violinist and performed in many major musical centres in the UK (Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Opera House, St. Martin in the Fields) and in many other countries (Greece, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Romania).

Sabina has been awarded numerous awards and scholarships for her outstanding performance: “Constantin Silvestri” Scholarship to study at Pocklington School in York, England, Full Music Scholarship at Wellington College, won 2nd prize at the Hickies Reading Young Musician Competition and the opportunity to play with the Reading Symphony Orchestra and many more.

She is a very experienced teacher; she has been teaching privately throughout her studies for over 4 years. With her creative, engaging and stimulating approach, she always receives positive feedback and achieves fantastic results with her pupils.

Sabina is very enthusiastic about teaching and eager to share her musical expertise with younger generations in years to come.

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Rosie Glass

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Rosie Glass

After Graduating from Trinity Music College in 2006, as well as teaching privately, Rosie has performed as part of various Flute-and-Guitar duos at corporate events in London. She has been providing informal flute and guitar or flute and piano concerts at various residential homes in London focusing on therapeutic benefits that music brings to people. As well as teaching private pupils of various levels and ages, preparing them for Grades exams, Rosie also teaches a workshop for adults with learning difficulties as a musician.

Currently, she is involved in writing a production which combines live flute performance, story- tellingand dance; she is also writing comedy-songs with her guitarist husband.

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Penka Petkova

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Penka Petkova

As a five-year-old she began learning piano and, since the age of six, she has played the cello in the class of Daniela Cherpokova-Nikolaeva at the Lybomir Pipkov National School of Music in Sofia (Bulgaria). Since September 2013, she is a student of prof. Stefan Popov in Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Penka has been a scholarship student of bothRaina Kabaivanska Foundation for gifted children, Communitas Foundation for exceptional achievements and skills and Yordan Kamdzhalov Music Trust. 

She is a First Prize winner at the international competitions “Young Virtuosos” (2005 - 2010) in Sofia and “M.A.G.I.C.” (2007 and 2011) in Bourgas.In January 2012 together with her piano trio “Appassionato” won at the European Radio Competition “Concertino Praga – 2012”: the First Prize in a category “Trio” (chamber music), the special prize of the Czech Radio – “Helena Karaskova” and the prize of EMCY. In June the overall winners took part in the concert of Laureates in the “Dvorak” Hall (Rudolfinum) and at the concerts of Prize winners of South Bohemian Festival “Concertino Praga”. In July the trio recorded their programme in the Czech Radio which published their profile CD in November (2012). The trio performed solo recitals in Luxembourg and Germany at the invitation of EMCY (The European Union of Music Competitions for Youth) in March 2013. In April 2012 Penka won the Second Prize at the international competition for cellists “Karl Davidov” in Kuldiga, Latvia. In November 2013 she received the Third prize at the III M. Elsky International Contest of String Bow instruments performers in Minsk (Belarus). She refines her skills in the master classes of JérômePernoo, Prof. Vladimir Perlin, Mats Lidstrom, Dominique de Williencourt, Gavriel Lipkind , Seeli Toivio, Martin Zeller, “Talich” String Quartet, Prof. Grigory Feyghin, Elena Ashkenazy, Prof. Kevork Mardirossian, Alexander Zemcov,etc. In the period 2010-2012 she has also appeared at the International Chamber Music and Orchestra Course “Musica Mundi” (Belgium) and in the 10th International Summer course for chamber music “Hindemith” in Blonay (Switzerland).

Penka Petkova has performed as soloist of “Classic FM” Radio Orchestra, New Symphony Orchestra, the philharmonic orchestras of Plovdiv, Pleven and Vratsa (Bulgaria); “Liepaja” Latvian philharmonic orchestra and the Belarusian State Philharmonic.

In 2011 and 2012 she was awarded a Diploma for artistic achievement by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Penka has solo and chamber music recordings made for the Czech radio, Bulgarian National TV, Bulgarian National Radio and other broadcasting.

Penka has been teaching students of all ages, including very young children for over 5 years achieving very good results with her pupils.

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Nikolina Sokerova

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Nikolina Sokerova

Nikolina graduated at National school for Music and Dance Art ‘’Dobrin Petkov’’ in Bulgaria. In 2011 and 2012 she took part in the projects ‘’Musical matinees’’ in Helikon center and also in Balabanov’s House Music Days. She performed at various events including concerts in one of the Fine Art galleries of Plovdiv. and the Academy of Music and Dance Arts in Plovdiv.
Nicolina won three awards at The Nikolai Rubinstein Competition, France, Paris, 2012, and the third prize at The International Schumann-Brahms competition – Plovdiv, 2011. 

During all years of her training, she took part in masterclasses of world-class teachers like Branka Ziravac Jeremic (Serbia), Prof. Tamara Poddubnnaya (The USA, Russia) – 2006,2007, Andrean Lazarov (France, Bulgaria) – 2011, Anna Petrova (The USA, Bulgaria) – 2011 and 2012. At the moment, Nicolina is continuing her education in Music Performance at the University of West London, London College of Music.

In 2012 sheparticipated at a workshop on the Development of Young Pianists and Music Art led by the piano player Georgi Slavchev. She has been teaching for a few years and she has experience teaching students of all levels and ages. Her warm and caring personality and friendly approach enables her to establish very good relationships with her pupils who progress well under her guidance.

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Natalie Mellers

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Natalie Mellers

During her teenage years, as well as attending a normal state school during the week, Natalie attended the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama every Saturday for three years. She was given various opportunities there including playing for the Queen’s entrance to the Barbican and being conducted by the world famous, Gustavo Dudamel.
Currently Natalie is in her second year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. There she receives one to one lessons with professionals including Andy Hendrie and Bob Farley. She has also received various ensemble coaching with the likes of Roger Agente, Tony Cross and Roger Montgomery. 

Before starting music college, Natalie was a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and was very fortunate to be able to perform at the BBC Proms with them in 2012. She was also lucky to have performed at the Sage, Gateshead as well as many other venues across England.

As a soloist, Natalie has had many opportunities to perform with her local Brass Band. Her highlight of her soloist career so far though was definitely performing the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with the Hills Road Symphony Orchestra is Kings College – Cambridge as well as in Venice.

Now, Natalie has performed with many ensembles at Trinity Laban including the orchestras and wind bands. Outside of Trinity, Natalie has played for many amateur orchestras as well as being part of operas and other smaller ensembles.

Natalie has had one to one pupils in both music and academic aspects. She thrives highly off what a child can achieve and works hard to make lessons interesting, fun and beneficial. Natalie has also covered some group brass teaching at a private school and understands how to work well with children in groups. She quickly gained knowledge of the different standards of pupils and worked efficiently to make sure they all benefited from the lesson.

With her brass quintet and separately with Trinity Laban students, Natalie has done some workshops in primary schools that involved teaching children about instruments in general and what they have to offer.

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Natalia Khaw

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Natalia Khaw

Natalia started her music education privately at age of 5 and then entered the academic school of music at 7y.o. By the age of 11, she knew she wanted to make music her profession. She continued her musical education to higher grades in local College of Fine Arts and expanded her professional knowledge in various music subjects (theory, harmony, polyphony in music, analysis of musical form, musical criticism, reading and arrangements in orchestra and choir scores). Natalia graduated in Piano, Musicology and Research in music at The Ufa State Institute of Arts, which has been approved by UK NARIC to a British Bachelor (Honours) degree.

After graduating, she desired to continue her work in semantic research in music and started working on her dissertation "Semantic process in musical themes of D.Scarlatti's sonatas" under a brilliant guidance of her teacher mentor.During those years she published some work from her research, while working in Ufa College of Pedagogic and Music, and in an experimental school-studio for children and reading a course of lectures in music with a team of NQT piano payers -graduates. After having her daugther, Natalia devoted herself to her upbringing. Meanwhile, she was constantly noting thoughts about musical development in children. Having tested her techniques on her daughter's musical development, she emphasizes the importance of accents on the aural and sight-reading development.

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Mariana Nina

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Mariana Nina

Mariana studied recorder, singing and keyboard at the Portuguese National Music Conservatoire in her native city of Lisbon. She was a founding member of this school’'s early music group Turba Conservatoriense, and was part of the National Conservatoire Baroque Orchestra. She was a member of the Peregrinação Choir at the same school, with which she recorded an album in 2008. She furthered her recorder studies at the Castelo Branco Polytechnic Institute, earning her Master of Music. She also holds a Bachelor of Musicology by the Lisbon Nova University. 

She has performed numerous concerts around Portugal, both as a soloist and as part of a group, including a concert at the Belem Cultural Centre in a concert transmitted live by Antena 2 and later broadcast by BBC 3. Mariana has sung in several chamber, symphonic and operatic choirs, and in 2002 was invited to become a member of the Lisbon Chamber Choir with which she recorded 5 albums. Since her move to the UK she has joined the London Philharmonic Choir and continues working as a soloist. Parallel to her life as a performer, she has dedicated herself to teaching, having taught recorder, instrumental ensemble and choir at schools such as the Caldas da Rainha Conservatoire and the Portuguese National Music Conservatoire. 

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Liesl Adriaans

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Liesl Adriaans

Liesl Adriaans is a Contemporary Vocalist and Instrumentalist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa.She has a background in Classical, Gospel and Contemporary Music, and her influences lie in the soul and jazz genres. She has extensive experience performing in notable venues around the world, such as the Laeiszhalle performance hall in Germany with her church choir, the Royal Albert Hall in 2007, as part of a musical ensemble with her high school, and in many different music venues around London as a solo vocalist. She has been classically trained in Piano from the age of eleven, and trained in contemporary styles in Vocals from the age of fourteen.

Liesl is currently in her second year of BIMM University, studying Popular Music Performance. Following her degree, she hopes to go on to achieving her Masters Degree in Jazz Studies. She has been teaching beginner/intermediate Piano and Singing privately for the past year, and she has taught students from the ages of 3 up to the ages of 14. Liesl has a positive and upbeat energy, and she always aims to ensure when teaching, that her lessons are interactive and as enjoyable as possible, by tailoring her teaching methods specifically to each student.

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Jim Molyneux

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Jim Molyneux

Jim Molyneux is a London-based drummer/percussionist, pianist, accordionist, vocalist and composer/producer hailing from Littleborough, near Manchester.
 
He studied at Chethams School of Music for five years before moving on to the Royal Northern College of Music, where he graduated from in 2013.
 
In 2008 Jim made it to the highly acclaimed Grand Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, after beating off national competition to triumph in the percussion section. The Grand Final was televised on BBC2 to 1.1 million viewers.

More recently, in 2014 Jim founded jazz/R&B/hip hop outfit Glowrogues; a 7-piece line up of musicians from Manchester and Birmingham's thriving young jazz scenes. The band play Jim's own self-composed music and have already toured the UK. 

Jim Molyneux is a proud endorsee of Jalapeno Drums, and also uses a Roland SPDSX.

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Giorgia Macellari

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Giorgia Macellari

Giorgia is an Italian violin player and teacher, based in London since 2012. She started to learn the violin when she was 7 years old. At the age of 17 she had her first experience as soloist in performing a Vivaldi violin concerto. From 2000 to 2008 she attended several courses in musical performance and string orchestra, developing a love for chamber music and baroque style.

In 2008 she obtained the Violin Diploma at the "G. Briccialdi" Musical Institute of Terni (Italy).

In March 2012, she concluded a Master of Arts in Violin Performance (Diploma Accademico di II livello) at the "Santa Cecilia" Conservatory of Rome. In "Santa Cecilia" she had the opportunity to lead the second violins of the conservatory orchestra, doing several significant concerts with this role and also having an international collaboration as concertmaster with the saxophonist Jean- Yves Fourmeau.

She also has both a BSc and a MSc in Psychology, obtained at the "Sapienza" University of Rome. Having a psychology study background, she always pays attention to the personal needs of her students, respecting their different natures and trying to find the most suitable way to teach them.

In 2006 she started to teach violin and she took part to several teaching projects which gave to children the possibility to approach to the orchestra experience.
From 2011 to 2013 she participated to Master Classes under the guide of Igor Volochine.

In the last years she had experience with string quartets and with several chamber and symphony orchestras (such as the “Orchestra Universale Italiana”, the “Xilon” orchestra,“Archi della Rosa”, the “London Arts Orchestra”, the “Women of the World Orchestra” and the “Orion Orchestra”), taking also part to recordings of soundtracks.
Apart from the violin, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

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Callista Nurse

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Callista Nurse

Callista is a London based pianist, recorder player and violist. She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) having gained both a BMus(Hons) and a PGDip in Piano Performance. She is fortunate to have performed all over England, Scotland and the Isles, France and Georgia.

In her busy teaching and performing schedule, Callista still finds time to participate in various musical projects, which have taken her to the Riverside Studios, the Dominion Theatre, Wembley Arena, O2 Arena and numerous live music venues around London. 


Callista has a passion for all genres of music whether be it Classical, Pop or otherwise. She values working alongside other composers and writers and being involved in the creative process. 

Maintaining a friendly, supportive and assertive approach to teaching, Callista revels in teaching a broad spectrum of abilities, from complete beginners to more advanced pupils. She has a great range of repertoire and will adapt and adopt music of any genre from which the pupil would like to learn. 

Callista's sessions are always lively and engaging; her modus operandi, with regards to the MusicHour, is to emphasise the pure enjoyment of playing and mastering a wide range of repertoire rather than focusing on examinations. However, should the student wish to be entered for ABRSM examinations, Callista is more than happy to prepare them thoroughly and guide them through the process. She maintains a 100% pass rate.

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Andrea Niespolo

Andrea has been studying music since the age of 12. He is very passionate about his work and enjoys developing new teaching techniques. He loves working with children, and has experience teaching children from 6 months to 5 years, developing ways of keeping children interested in music and aims for them to learn and have fun at the same time. Performing live and in the recording studio for music records and videos has provided him with excellent communication skills.

His sociable and easy-going nature has enabled him to easily relate to people, to exert a positive influence and to attract interest. External focus and networking represent essential aspects of his routine as a musician and have proved to be crucial in his role as a music teacher. Gained from a teaching technique studied at the City Lit London he developed different teaching techniques like brainstorming, role-play and assumption busting. He is currently studying at the University of West London to teach music in schools next year. 

As a performer and a songwriter Andrea has published 3 records for which he wrote the songs and performed most of the instruments. His main instruments are vocals and guitars; but he also plays bass guitar, piano and drums.

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Ana Gasco

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Ana Gasco

Ana Gasco is a Spanish percussionist. After finishing her studies with distinction at Real Xonservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid, she came to London where is is studying a postgraduate at Royal College of Music. She is supported by Mary Jobson and a Neville Wathen award.

She is currently studying with David Hockings, Sam Walton, Alex Neal, Matt Perry. She has taken part in several masterclasses including Juanjo Guillen, She-s Wu, Frank Epstein, Rainer Seegers.

Ana has performed across the world in venues such as Roayl Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Auditoio Nacional de Espana, Auditorio Nacional de Mexico, Museo Nazionale del Bargelo Florence.

She was a member of the Madrid Youth Orchestra for four years and founder and member of the Spanish Percussion Group "Timarimba" performing and developing pedagogical work for children.

As a teacher, she has been working with children and adults in individual and group setting and also in several percussion workshops. At the moment, she is training to work with babies and children between 2 and 5 years old.

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Alessandro La Barbera

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Alessandro La Barbera

Alessandro is an experienced and versatile Italian guitarist and pianist. His first musical loves were Nirvana and Led Zeppelin. His focus gradually changed towards blues and modern jazz and moved to Rome, where he studied with top players Umberto Fiorentino and Fabio Zeppetella. In 2009 he moved to London where he completed his Bmus (Hons) at 'The Institute of Contemporary Music Performances'. 

In London, Alessandro has been working and recording with top producers Greg Harver (Manic Street Preachers, Mel C) and John Harrison (Amy Winehouse, Dido, Santana) and he's currently writing and performing with, among others 8-piece soul hip-hop band 'Retrospective for Love', electronic artist Angelina Dove and acoustic singer-songwriter Bobby Good. 

He likes to experiment with technical innovations including percussive acoustic guitar and unusual use of effect pedals and he also currently performs with other instruments such as piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele and lapsteel guitar.

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