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
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.
John-Henry graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Trinity Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
He is busy as a bass player in various different groups, freelancing with various London-based orchestras as well as playing in various smaller jazz and pop groups.
He has a particular interest in Opera, and recently premiered Errollyn Wallen's Yes! at the ROH2 (the contemporary arm of the Royal Opera House), in which he featured on double bass, electric bass and electric guitar.
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.
Starting off as an amateur guitarist strumming on an acoustic guitar, Pavel quickly decided to take on classical guitar lessons in 2004. The following year he progressed to music school. In 2009 he was accepted to study at the Royal Academy of Music on a full-fees scholarship, having also been granted places and scholarships at the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music. He has been awarded a number of solo and chamber music prizes and awards in his native Bulgaria. Pavel has participated in masterclasses with distinguished guitarists such as David Russell, Fabio Zanon, Edoardo Catemario, Olivier Chassain, to name a few. He has met and played for the legendary Julian Bream. Pavel has performed in live broadcasts for Bulgarian National Radio and Television. He also performed in the Bulgarian National Opera and the House of Commons in the British Parliament.
Pavel has been successfully teaching for the past 8 years, having helped his pupils prepare for grades examinations, concerts, as well as playing the guitar just for fun. Pavel believes everyone can learn to play the guitar to a level at which they are enjoying themselves through having fun.
Paolo Marelli is an Italian guitarist, currently continuing his studies at Tech Music School doing performance degree. Paolo is a graduate from CPM, one of the most prestigious Italian music institutes. He has more than 10 years experience with tribute-acts and function bands, among them most noticeable were the band AKKA who recently provided music for the BBC's Eastenders and toured internationally.
During his professional career, he collaborated as a session musician with Italian Dance Labels Time Records and Minimal Chic Studio.
Paolo has been teaching privately for ten years, and taught at Kledi Dance Academy before moving to London to polish his skills both as a performer and as a tutor.
Aside from teaching, he currently performs with the duo Paolo & Julia and with many other function bands.
Moises Silva is a classical guitarist based in London but hailing from Porto in Portugal. His vast repertoire includes but is not restricted to Classical, Latin, Jazz, Brazilian and some more modern pop arranged for the guitar.
Moises Silva has extensive experience as guitar performer, playing as a soloist and with other musicians including singers, flautists, violinists and guitarists.
As Electric Guitar Performer, performed with several bands approaching various musical genres.
He also worked as a guitar and music teacher in various Music Schools and Conservatories in Portugal, where he improved and developed his skills over seven years and in 2014 he finished his Master's Degree in Music at the prestigious Maastricht Academy of Music guided by the world-known professor, Carlo Marchione.
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.
Craig has been performing live music since the age of 15, where he was playing in many pubs and night clubs of Dublin and Kildare, Ireland.
He moved to the University of Hull in 2009 to further his musical knowledge and abilities, performing with many Jazz and pop/rock/soul bands, classical guitar ensembles, and was involved in performances of music by Steve Reich and Phillip Glass, and musical theatre productions of The Last Five Years, Rent, Alice in Wonderland & more.
During this time, he also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for three consecutive years, two of which were complete sell-out shows. For the most recent of these Fringe shows, Craig was appointed Assistant Musical Director, leading many of the band's rehearsals, which ended up winning a NSDF Commendation for Musicianship.
Craig is now based in London, becoming a part of the local and national music scene as a performer, music director, arranger, and composer, whilst also being committed to tutoring his students in each of these disciplines.
Chris Sas graduated with a degree in guitar performance from The Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood CA, in March 2012. While at the Musicians Institute he was fortunate to study under some of the best teachers on the west coast and attend clinics from guitar legends such as Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai, and Darryl Jones the bass player for The Rolling Stones.
After graduation Chris returned to his home in Vancouver, Canada and started teaching guitar lessons and performing in the Canadian club scene. His 2013 his single " She's Mighty Fine" did well winning song of the day on the Vancouver Music Review as well as song of the week on New Music Canada.
After moving to London to live with his British wife, Chris started teaching privately and enjoys helping students develop their skills and achieve their goals as musicians.
Agustin is a 23 year old guitarist from Mexico who has been involved in music for more than 12 years. In 2009 he joined the Fermatta Music Academy in Mexico City to study a Production and Sound Engineering Degree. He moved to London in 2012 in order to expand his musical knowledge and complete a BMus Degree at the London College of Music. A truly Les Paul guitarist mainly influenced by Classic Rock, Blues and Funk he has played in numerous bands since he was a teenager until today, performing regular gigs in London with his original project The Rountree. Agustin started teaching kids in 2008 at his old primary school, he took it as an opportunity to share his knowledge and feelings about music to his pupils. As a result, he ended up with very dedicated and passionate kids who saw the guitar as a form of expression and relaxation. Years later, he also gave lessons to adults helping them discover their hidden abilities.
Apart from the guitar, he likes to travel and absorb as much as possible from other cultures. Also playing football is one of his oldest passions.
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.
Andrea Basiola, is an Italian guitar teacher and player based in London, UK. He started playing in Italy at the age of 12, being part of different cover bands and gigging in and around his hometown in Italy.
Andrea studied with one of Italy’s best guitar teachers: Donato Begotti, and attended in 2004 a 3 months guitar course with him.
The big opportunity came in 2009 when Andrea won a scholarship to study at Tech Music Schools in London, one of Europe's most known music colleges, where he graduated receiving the One Year Diploma in Guitar in 2010. During the course he was writing for the Italian national guitar magazine "Chitarre".
In London, Andrea recorded 2 singles and 2 albums with his rock bands, Kill For Eden and Future Shock, gigged in and outside the capital (including venues like the Shepherds Bush Empire, 02 Academy, 100 Club, etc..), and carried on teaching guitar privately, with an average number of 10 students per week.
Andrea is an experienced guitar teacher, he teaches all ages, and is fully CRB checked. His favourite style is rock, but he also loves to be inspired by funk and blues music His lessons give the student a complete and useful way to learn, they are exhaustive but never boring.
Alex Scheuerer has been playing the guitar for about 12 years. He began by learning the classical guitar in a conservatoire which introduced him to learning and playing electric guitar. Alex has just graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Tech Music School in West London.
When he is not teaching he spends most of his time playing music. Alex loves what he does, in all contexts, from playing live and in the studio right through to teaching people of all ages and abilities with a hope that their passion for music and guitar will grow like his has.
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.
Alessandro is a qualified experienced touring musician, songwriter and modern guitar tutor. As a live performer he has played more than 250 gigs all around Europe, and recorded many albums and EP's of original music.
He started his career as a guitar tutor in 2007. He can teach a wide range of styles (rock, pop, blues, folk, metal, indie, funk, reggae...) and techniques, personalising his classes depending on the student’s needs. His lessons can also include topics like theory, harmony, songwriting, live performance training, improvisation, home recording, effects routing and amplification management.