Dean of Classical
Geoff has been Music Director for The Bee Gees, major West End musicals & Sanremo Festivals.
Collaborations include: The Carpenters, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Leo Sayer, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Everly Bros, Vangelis, Gerry Goldsmith, Hans Zimmer, Marvin Hamlish, Henry Mancini and James Bond movies.
As arranger/composer/conductor he has worked with the LSO, RPO, Philharmonia, Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma, Brno Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony Orchestra and many others.
Laurent Ben Slimane
Head of Brass & Woodwind
Laurent is currently Principal Bass- Clarinet at Philharmonia Orchestra – Guest Principal Bass-Clarinet at London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, , Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Laurent is a D’Addario International Artist.
Alexander is currently Co-Principal Horn of the London Symphony Orchestra – Guest Principal OF Australian Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Byron is currently Principal Trombone at Philharmonia Orchestra and London Sinfonietta – member of the London Brass – Past Principal Trombone of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra
Trumpet Visiting Professor
David is currently Principal Trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra – Past Principal at Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Guest Principal at New York Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), and Hong Kong Philharmonic
Peter is Principal Tuba at Philharmonia Orchestra.
He has had performances with BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Brass and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dimitri is a composer, conductor, university lecturer who spans from contemporary classical music, opera, theatre, films to pop music. He has produced and conducted International recitals and concerts with major orchestras and venues, including Moscow, San Petersburg, Praha, Budapest. His Operas have been performed at Olympic Theatre in Rome and Verona Arena, while his concert music has been performed in several venues across Europe such as the Barbican Hall and Cadogan Hall in London and Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
Awards include the Berlinale Talent Campus, Int. Composing Competition for Opera at Arena di Verona, Composing workshop at Royal Opera House. Other highlights include being the music/conducting coach for Sir Michael Caine for the film Youth (2015), conducting the premieres of three new contemporary operas at Stara Zagora (Bulgaria) and being at Later with Jools Holland as arranger and conductor for the American indie band Queens of the Stone Age (2017).
In 2019 he released his album Colours with British label Master Chord Records, worked as orchestrator and conductor in several projects of fellow composers and composed and acted as music supervisor for the soundtrack of the feature film Il Talento del Calabrone, released in November 2020.
Enrica has produced soundtracks for several award-winning films, documentaries, animations and feature-lengths movies – American
Fango, Love Of My Life, The Serbian Lawyer, We Are Many and A Quintet.
She has composed soundtracks worldwide for several films, documentaries, animations, TV commercials and libraries (EMI). Her music and arrangements have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio Rai 3 (Italy), Amazon, Channel 5, ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC.
Luis Bacalov, Ennio Morricone, John Corigliano and Ryuichi Sakamoto are among the composers who recognised her talent and achievements. She is prizewinner at Premio Petrassi, Peer Raben Award, Jerry Goldsmith Award RMA-LA of 2012 ASCAP Television and Film Scoring Workshop, Horovitz Award in Composition For Screen, nomination for the prestigious SABAM award at the Word Soundtrack Awards in Gent (with her work performed by the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Dirk Brossè).
Composition, Analysis & Interpretation – Visiting Professor
Nimrod’s works have premiered and recorded by leading artists, ensembles and institutions, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Enescu Festival, Ex Cathedra, the Quartetto di Cremona, the Israel Camerata, Roberto Prosseda, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and many others.
The 2019/20 season sees commissioned Borenstein works from both the Hong Kong International Piano Competition and the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition and at least 10 other world and regional premieres – among them Lullaby for string quartet and clarinet (prem. Quartetto di Cremona and David Orlowsky, California); Odysseus for cello and piano (prem. International Jeunesses Musicales Competition, Belgrade) and L’Oiseau bleu for solo harp and string orchestra (prem. Anne-Sophie Bertrand, World Harp Congress, Cardiff). Also Yodit for string orchestra (Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal de João Pessoa, Brazil, who are presenting a different Borenstein work every month for seven months in this season).
Screen Composition, Stanislavskij Method in Opera and Choir Conducting – Visiting Professor
Carpegna is a conductor, composer, novelist, journalist and university lecturer. He is currently Deputy Director, Professor and Master Leader of Screen Composition at the “Vecchi-Tonelli” Conservatoire of Modena (Italy), past lecturer of Industrial Filming and Cinematography, Music Video and Audio Production at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
Commissions as composer include the anthems for the 2005 Skiing World Championships, RAI 2006 Winter Olympics and the Italian Winter Sports Federation. Collaboration as Conductor include Luciano Pavarotti and Raina Kabaivanska, concert at Carnegie Hall in New York and the world premiere of his cantata at the Lincoln Center in New York. Authored university textbooks include the Stanislavskij method, Choral Practice and the Relationship between Music and Advertising. He is also Musical Director of the American Society Sounds of Hope in Minnesota and vice-director and responsible of the laboratory of psycho-musical research for IRPAIAC.
Conductor Visiting Professor
Gérard has served as Principal Conductor of the London Mozart Players, the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra in Sweden, Music Director of
theOrchestradelTeatroLiricodiCagliari in Sardinia and Principal Conductor of Austria’s Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg Bregenz.
He received the Diapason D’Or in France and Critic’s Choice award by US magazine Opera News.
He has albums released by Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, Erato, Dynamic
Conductor Visiting Professor
Simone is Guest Conductor of Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, National Symphonic Orchestra of Brazil, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National des Pays de Loire, and Orchestre National d’Auvergne.
She is a Brazilian conductor who regularly collaborates with the Philharmonie de Paris.
She is founder and music director of Ensemble K, specializing in the larger chamber repertoire of the 20th century.
Conductor Visiting Professor
Constantine is Music Director of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia of Russia, Artistic Director of the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater in Yerevan, Armenia. Chief Conductor of the
Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra in Lithuania.
He has received Grammy Awards and Classic BRITS Awards.
He has albums released by Deutsche Grammophon, Decca.
Harp & Guitar
Heidi is Principal Harp of Philharmonia Orchestra and appeared as Guest- Principal Harpist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House, London Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra among others. She is also member of several acclaimed chamber groups: COULOIR with cellist, Ari Barnes; Trio Verlaine with flutist, Lorna McGhee and violist, David Harding; Krutzen/McGhee Duo; and the Turning Point Ensemble. Many of her performances have been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, NPR, and CBC Radio. Lectures and masterclasses at the National Youth Orchestra Canada, the University of British Columbia, and throughout the US, Taiwan and the UK.
Ancient Greek Lyra Professor
Dr. Nikos Xanthoulis is a composer, ancient lyre player and researcher.
He is also Professor of Trumpet, Harmony and Counterpoint at the Conservatory of Athens, Greece, researcher of the Academy of Athens. For 25 years he served as the principal trumpet player of the Greek National Opera
As a composer and soloist, he has presented his music in Greece and Internationally (USA, Australia, Canada, China, Russia, Sweden, Italy, Bulgaria, Turkey etc.)
His works include translations of the ancient Greek music theoreticians.
Jazz Harp Professor
Tara is an Australian born harpist, vocalist and composer, proudly endorsed by Camac Harps
Tara is well established as both an improvising harpist and vocalist and has worked with Björk, Tom Walker, Miranda Mulholland, “Kitty, Daisy and Lewis”, SuRie, Stan Sulzman, Tommaso Starace, Toni Kofi, Chris Strandring and Geoff Gascoyne. She leads her own original project as a harpist/vocalist and sings with “The Blues and Roots Ensemble” – a London based nine-piece band celebrating the music of Charles Mingus.
Renata is an international guitar soloist who has performed at some of the most important halls around the world, including “Roudaki Hall” in Tehran,“Munetsugu Hall” in Nagoya, the auditorium “Umberto Agnelli” in Tokyo, “King’s Place in London, “Auditorium Mc2” in Grenoble, “Salone dei Concerti” of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena. Praised by the critics for her recordings of the guitar repertoire, Renata also works to develop new repertoire for the guitar through collaborations with composers. She is a performance graduate from Graduated from the CSI in Lugano- Switzerland, Accademia Chigiana of Siena-Italy and Royal Academy of Music of London.
Head of Historical Performance
David has performed international recitals and concerts at ETO, English Bach Festival.
He is prizewinner at Ella Kidney Prize, Richard the Third and Century Fund Prizes, Broadwood Harpsichord Competition.
He has albums released by Nimbus as a soloist and with The Red Priest
Petra is a soloist and a chamber musician with Battaglia Baroque Ensemble, The Amadé Players and Trinity Baroque Orchestra.
She is prizewinner of the Raymond Russel Prize
Head of Keyboard
Marco has been broadcast by the Spanish RTVE, Irish RTE, Polskie Radio, and several BBC appearances. Solo recitals at Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Dublin’s Concert Hall, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional, Barcelona’s Auditori, and Valencia’s iconic Palau de la Musica.
He has albums released by Master Chord Records
Hiro has been a soloist at Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Opera City and the South Bank Centre, Bath, Cheltenham and Salzburg and given recitals in the UK, Japan, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy and Canada.
He has albums released by LORELT, SOMM, NMC, BBC
Jan has been a soloist with Camerata Europeana, Philharmonie Heidelberg, Helios Chamber Orchestra. He has also been Chamber music partners including members of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Singers, as well as baritone Philip Smith
Roustem performs international recitals and concerts with orchestra – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, MCPO, PSO.
He is prizewinner at Montecarlo World Piano Masters and Busoni, UNISA, “Géza Andà”, “Marguerite Long” and Rome Piano competitions.
He has albums released with EMI Classic, Master Chord and Dinemec Classics
David gave recitals in major concert halls in Europe (Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith square, Berlin Konzerthaus amongst many others), in China and the USA.
He has been a Chamber music partner with the soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.
His first CD was a live recording from his Wigmore Hall recital and a is releasing second CD containing all the piano works of the British composer Robert Mansell.
MMus and Artist Diploma at Royal College of Music.
Ric’key is a music director, recording pianist, producer and composer for Classical, Jazz. Blues and Pop, currently touring with Madonna.
A Steinway Artist with extended research into the Black Classical composers and Classical Left Hand piano repertoire, he has performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and conductor Charles Dutoit.
Ric’key has written and recorded with Earth Wind & Fire, Jill Scott, Justin Parks, and toured with major music icons such as Diana Ross, Cher, and the late Dr. John.
Eleni has been a soloist at the Royal Festival Hall, Bonn-Beuel, Dusseldorf, Himmerod Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Cambridge Fes.
She is a prizewinner at S.Onassis Foundation, Lovett Organ Prize’, ‘United Music Publishers Ensemble Prize’, at Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia.
Organ Visiting Professor
Riccardo is organist at Opera del Duomo di Orvieto, and has performed
international recitals and concerts – ETO, English Bach Festival.
He is also a conductor, accompanist and choirmaster, Assistant Director of Music at St Barnabas Church in Dulwich, and past organist at S. Maria Assunta Cathedral in Tuscany.
He has albums released by Brilliant and Master Chord Records.
Timpani & Percussion
Head of Percussions
Emmanuel is Principal Percussion of Orchestre National de France and former Principal of the Philharmonia Orchestra. He is also a very modern musician, playing as a soloist and chamber player (with Renaud Capuçon, Bertrand Chamayou, Thierry Escaich, Emmanuel Pahud, Katia and Marielle Labèque), on tour or studio with various artists (Diana Krall, Vince Mendoza..) in the streets with his band “los Amarillos”, and in the same time sharing his passion to young people in hospitals, schools.
Antoine is Principal Timpani of Philharmonia Orchestra – Guest principal timpani at Orchestre des Champs Élysées, Orchestre de Paris, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Europa Galante & Fabio Biondi, Gabrieli Consort, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
Latin & World Percussion Professor
Corrina has been Percussionist for Tina, The Tina Turner Musical, Aldwych Theatre, London West End.
20 years extensive work experience as a percussion chair holder within London’s West End theatres, Shakespeare’s Globe and National Theatre.
She regularly plays with Yazz Ahmed Family Haflas, Mo Foster Band and in percussion sections at recording studios in London for film or tv.
Percussion Professor – Orchestral repertoire
Paul is No.2 Percussion at Philharmonia Orchestra. Guest percussionist at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera, Southbank Sinfonia.
He is winner of Zildjian Award and lodwen Cosslett Leyshon Prize
Visiting Marimba Professor
Ria is a soloist with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, and Osaka Philharmonic.
She is First Prize winner at the first Paris International Marimba Competition.
She has held recitals at Rolandseck International Music Festival (Germany), Zagreb International Music Festival (Croatia).
She has a Chamber Music album relesed with Evidence.
Head of Strings
Fabrizio is Assistant Leader of Philharmonia Orchestra – Guest Concertmaster at Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatro Lirico of Cagliari
He is an International Soloist and prizewinner at Vittorio Veneto Violin Competition and A.Postacchini International Violin Competition
Peter is concertmaster of London Philharmonic Orchestra, past Concertmaster of Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, guest Leader with the Barcelona, Bordeaux, Lyon, Baltimore and BBC symphony orchestras, and the Rotterdam and BBC Philharmonic orchestras.
He has had international recitals and concerts at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Moscow’s Rachmaninov Hall, Capella Hall in St Petersburg, Staatsbibliothek in Berlin, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Violin Visiting Professor
Roberto is currently concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra – Guest concertmaster for the London Philharmonic and La Scala Philharmonic.
He is a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic and the Orchestra of La Scala in Milan, among others.
He was the prizewinner at Paganini International Violin Competition, Courcillon International Competitions and Tchaikovsky International Competition
Sarah is Associate Leader of Philharmonia Orchestra – Past concertmaster at Holland Symfonia Orchestra in Amsterdam.
She is also guest concertmaster at Philharmonia Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and the Gelders Orchestra.
1st Violin of Philharmonia Orchestra – Former leader of the Wiener Kammeroper and Hadyn Sinfonietta, Wien. Solo, Chamber Music and performances with the Ensemble des 20 Jahrhundert, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Concerts as soloist and chamber musician in major halls worldwide. Studied at Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni and Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst with Josef Suk and Franz Samohyl.
Nicholas is No. 2 Viola of Philharmonia Orchestra – Principal Viola of Le Cercle de L’Harmonie. Guest Lead Viola of Munich Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Aurora, Royal Scottish Orchestras, BBC Orchestra of Wales, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Northern Sinfonia and City of London.
He is a featured artist on a Grammy nominated recording of “Four Hymns for Tenor, Viola and Strings” by Vaughan Williams with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Hana is a viola-soloist, with several world-premiere dedicated to her by renown composers, such as Uri Caine, Garth Knox, Frank Ezra Levy, Daniel Schnyder, Wolfgang Andreas Schultz, and Graham Waterhouse. Hana performs regularly throughout Europe and the United States.
Hana studied at Moscow’s Central School of Music with Galina Tourchaninova and Yulia Tomanova, in Austria with Wolfgang Klos, Spain with Igor Sulyga, Germany with Hartmut Lindemann, and Switzerland with Alexander Zemtsov.
Eric is front desk cello of Philharmonia Orchestra – Guest Principal Cello of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Opera House.
He is prizewinner of the Vierzon International Competition and the Henri Sauguet International Competition in France.
He has albums released by Aurora and Dacapo Records
Cello & Chamber Music Visiting Professor
Cecilia has been a Soloist, Member of the Accardo Quartett, Principal Cello of the Orchestra Italiana – Guest Principal at Solisti Filarmonici Italiani, Teatro La Fenice of Venice, Turin Teatro Regio, San Carlo Theatre in Naples.
She is prizewinner at Premio Stradivari-Concorso Caruana International Award.
She has albums released by RAI (Italy’s national broadcasting corporation), DECCA, Chandos, Stradivarius, Sipario and Foné
Cello Visiting Professor
Born in Paris, Claire studied at the Tchaïkovski Academy of Moscow. Prize winner of several international competitions, Claire is a regular guest soloist with renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Member of the Helios Quartet and in duo with Roustem Saïtkoulov, she has performed concerts in France, Europe, China, Australia and carried out recordings for the BBC, France Musics and FR3.
Claire is also Author of “Le Pansement Schubert” and Art therapist in Palliative Care.
Double Bass Professor
Tim is Principal Double Bass of Philharmonia Orchestra, Past Principal at London Philharmonic Orchestra, Guest Principal at Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa.
He has albums released by EMI Classics and Pentatone
Double Bass Professor
Valentina is a soloist and composer of German and Italian heritage. Her work is focused on expanding the double bass solo repertoire, composing and transcribing virtuoso pieces and premiering composition written for her by many contemporary composers. Classical solo recitals include Wigmore Hall and St. Martin in the Field, pre- opened the Zappanale 2018 in St.Katharinen Kirche (Hamburg).As jazz soloist she performed at the Dusseldorf Jazz Marathon, Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival, Tuscia Jazz, Umbria Jazz.
Double Bass Visitng Professor
Vitan is principal Double Bass of Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid, Guest Principal Double Bass at BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra. Visiting Professor at Madrid Conservatoire. Studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Gold Medal 2006. He has albums released by Hyperion Records.
Laurent Ben Slimane
Head of Brass & Woodwind – Clarinet and Bass/Clarinet Professor
Laurent is currently Principal Bass- Clarinet at Philharmonia Orchestra – Guest Principal Bass–Clarinet at London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, , Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Laurent is a D’Addario International Artist.
Flute Visiting Professor
Andrea is Principal Flute at S.Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Guest Principal Flute at Berlin Philharmonic, Past Principal Flute of Rome Opera Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe among others. He is prizewinner at the International Competition in Kobe and International ARD Competition in Munich. Andrea is Professor at CSI in Lugano, Switzerland and Visiting professor at RNCM.
Claire is currently Principal Flute of the English National Opera Orchestra, and performs regularly as guest principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, Aurora Orchestra, Ensemble 360 and many others across the UK.
She appears frequently as a concerto soloist in the UK and Germany.
Luke is Principal Contrabassoon with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
He has performed with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, Northern Sinfonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, as well as working extensively with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of Opera North.
Tom is Joint Principal Oboe at Philharmonia Orchestra – Guest Principal Oboe with The London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Aurora Orchestra.
Bassoon Visiting Professor
Zilvinas is solo bassoonist at Opera Nacional de Chile, Past Principal Bassoon of Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Lithuanian State Symphonic Orchestra and Orchestra del Teatro Municipal de Santiago.