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.
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
Niall has been a member of the leading brass chamber ensemble Onyx Brass since 1999 and appeared as guest principal trumpet with many of the UK’s finest orchestras. After 6 years in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Niall is now member of the London Symphony Orchestra. A performance graduate from Royal Academy of Music, Nial was principal trumpet with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland.
In 2002 Niall performed Haydn’s trumpet concerto on BBC television as part of the BBC Last night of the Proms, Proms in the Park series.
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.
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
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).
Dr. Olga Thomas
Composition Visiting Professor
Olga has composed and performed for various Film, TV, Music productions and Charity projects, including crossover songs that regularly reach No.1 in the Classical charts. Her compositions range from classical drama (Hedda Gabler, Cousin Bette) to murder mystery thrillers (Lady Audley’s Secret) to modern themes (The Country Girl, The Glass Menagerie). She has worked with the BBC and RADA and with such actors and directors as the late Susannah York, the late Corin Redgrave, Sarah Miles, Nicholas Le Prevost, Peter Kavanagh, Francesca Annis, Juliet Stevenson, Bill Nighy.
Olga’s work includes: “The Douglas Suite”, “Images for Drawings by Peter Falk”, “The Cherry Orchard”, directed by Peter Kavanagh for the BBC, “The Furniture Suite”, commissioned by John Bly of BBC’s Antiques Road Show and “Regent’s University London Theme”.
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. Past Musical Director of the American Society Sounds of Hope in Minnesota, consultant of the National Research Council (CNR) and vice-director and responsible of the laboratory of psycho-musical research for IRPAIAC.
Angela Elizabeth Slater is a UK-based composer whose music is played regularly both at home and abroad.
Angela is a 2020-22 Tanglewood Composition Fellow and is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist, where she worked with Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews, and Michael Gandolfi.
Her works have been performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, on BBC Radio 3, by Psappha, the New England Philharmonic, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
She is also the Artistic Director of Illuminate Women’s Music.
Composition & Music Activism Professor
Grammy Award Winner & US Billboard no.1 artist, Ricky is an internationally renowned Indian Music Composer and Environmentalist. He has performed at prestigious venues in over 30 countries, including the UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva. Ricky serves as the UNESCO MGIEP “Global Ambassador for Kindness”, UNCCD “Land Ambassador”, UNICEF “Celebrity Supporter” & Ambassador for “Earth Day Network”.
His vast repertoire of work includes 16 studio albums released internationally, over 3500 commercials and 4 feature films, including the natural history documentary ‘Wild Karnataka’ narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Ricky’s awards include the United Nations “Global Humanitarian Artist” award and is conferred with the title “Youth Icon of India”. ‘Real Leaders’, a Signatory to the United Nations named Ricky Kej as one of the 100 Real Leaders who ‘Inspire the Future’. The House of Commons, Parliament of Canada awarded Ricky for his “Outstanding Musical and Humanitarian Achievement”. Ricky is professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies and was named as a GQ Hero 2020 by GQ Magazine.
Sabino de Bari
Sabino is an Italian composer and classical guitarist based in London. His compositions received the honourable mention at the international composition competition “Premio Sinopoli” and third prize in the “Premio Abbado” composition competition. His guitar composition “Valse des Troix Oisons” was chosen for the “14 Selected Pieces By New Composers” collection, presented by Leo Brouwer for the “Roberto Fabbri Signature Series” (Ed. Carisch). His music has also been performed in Italy, England, France, Austria, Spain, China and Mexico. Sabino has released solo guitar albums ( Pas de chat, In lontananza) ) and ensemble music albums (Voices, Lo racconta il mare). Focused on improvisation and the exploration of extended techniques and new timbres on the guitar, Sabino has receintly published his guitar method “The sounds of the guitar”.
Head of Conducting
Damian has conducted some of the world’s greatest orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, San Francisco Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony and the BBC Orchestras.Recent opera engagements include Welsh National Opera and Opéra national de Paris. He has conducted at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Bonn Opera, Norwegian Opera and Helikon Opera in Moscow.
He has made a number of highly acclaimed recordings for the Naxos label and is a passionate advocate for music education. He has been involved in education projects worldwide and is Music Director of the National Youth String Orchestra of Great Britain.
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.
Adrian Partington FRCO
Choir Conductor Visiting Professor
Adrian is an English conductor, chorus master, organist and pianist. He is director of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, director of music at Gloucester Cathedral, joint conductor of the Three Choirs Festival and artistic director for the Gloucester festival years, conductor of Gloucester Choral Society, and former conductor of Bristol Choral Society and leader of the postgraduate choral conducting course at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
He also remains an active organist and pianist, appearing as organ soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, CBSO and BBC Philharmonic amongst others and recording several solo organ CDs. He also frequently performs with leading instrumentalists as a pianist, such as Baroque violinist and co-leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Margaret Faultless with whom he gives recitals in the UK and Germany.
Conductor Visiting Professor
Conductor, composer, pianist and librettist, MºColabianchi is Director of the Lyric Theatre of Cagliari. Member of the Board of the Lazio Regional Orchestra, he has also been Artistic Director of the Rome Opera Theatre for several years.
As conductor, he started his career as assistant to Giuseppe Patanè and collaborated on opera, concert and recording productions with such artists as Domingo, Pavarotti, Krauss, Ramey and Ughi, including the first Chinese performance of Massenet’s Manon in Hong Kong and the first performance of Strauss Salome in Tirana. His symphonic and chamber music compositions and new orchestrations are widely performed in Italy and abroad.
Expert and historian of lyric voices, he has created and conducted 120 radio broadcasts for Rai International, based on recordings of opera singers from the origins of phonography to the 1960s.
MºColabianchi is also professor of Theory&Analysis at the St.Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome and music columnist for the online newspaper “L’Indro”.
Conductor Visiting Professor
Carlo Goldstein is the designated Principal Guest Conductor of the Wiener Volksoper starting in 2022.
In recent seasons he conducted La Bohème and Carmen at the Sydney Opera House, Guglielmo Tell for OperaLombardia and Cavalleria rusticana in Teatro Massimo in Palermo.
Very active as both symphonic and operatic conductor he recently conducted the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz and the Orchestra Toscanini in Parma, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Brescia, Livorno, Lucca, Pisa and Reggio Emilia. Since 2014 regularly invited to Israel and Korea where, at the Seoul Arts Center, he conducted Carmen, Un ballo in maschera, Madama Butterfly and La Traviata.
Dr. Theo Vinden’s work has taken him across the world: he was conducting Fellow of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (U.S.) and director of orchestra at the University of Texas Permian Basin. He has been head conductor of the Matador Opera Workshop, the Music in the Marche opera programme in Italy, and faculty on the West Texas Kodály Initiative. Prior to this, he was director of the chamber choir at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy, Hungary, and completed his Masters in Kodály pedagogy and choral conducting. Whilst there, he conducted in prestigious ceremonies honouring Kodály. This followed his conducting studies at St. Petersburg, Russia, and the RNCM/Manchester University Joint Course, U.K
Conductor Visiting Professor
Maestro Valerio is the creator, mentor and guiding light for the Villages Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale. Born in Naples, Italy and began his music studies at the age of 9, graduated in Trumpet at The N. Piccinni Conservatory of Music and studied Composition and Conducting with Maestro Filippo Veniero. In 1996, Maestro Valerio relocated to the United States continuing his conducting studies with J. Whitney and Günter Schmidt. In 2004, he became the Founder and Music Director of The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, of Lake Sumter Chamber Orchestra as well as co-founder and conductor of The Florida Lakes Symphony from 2005-2006. He was mentored by Sir Antonio Pappano and has been regularly invited as a guest conductor at the Orchestra Filarmonica 900′, Teatro Regio, and the Viotti International Music Festival.
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.
English guitarist and composer Sam Cave is one of the guitar’s leading exponents of new music. Sam’s performances have taken him to some of the leading venues and festivals in the UK and abroad with appearances at Kings Place, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Nonclassical, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, LSO St. Luke’s, AVGARDE concert series in Norway, the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, November Music in the Netherlands, and the Tianjin May Festival in Tianjin, China. Sam has been a Park Lane Group Young Artist and has recorded for both ‘Another Timbre’ and ‘Metier’ record labels. His playing has been broadcast on ‘Late Junction’, and multiple times on ‘The New Music Show’ on BBC Radio 3. His passion for mixed chamber music has led to performances with many leading new music groups including Octandre Ensemble, Apartment House, Riot Ensemble, and Explore Ensemble.
Dr. Nicolò Spera
Guitar Visiting Professor
Italian guitarist Nicolò Spera is one of the few guitarists in the world to perform on both six-string and ten-string guitars, as well as on theorbo. His wide-ranging repertoire includes the music of Maurice Ohana which he recorded in full for Soundset Recordings. He also published his own transcriptions for the ten-string guitar of Bach’s Cello Suites, works by Catalan composers Federico Mompou and Enrique Granados.
Nicolò has commissioned and performed a double concerto for guitar, violin, strings and percussion by Steve Goss, new works for guitar and various ensembles by Nicola Campogrande, Nicola Jappelli, Corrado Margutti, and Christopher Theofanidis.
A performance graduate from Bolzano Conservatory, Chigiana Academy in Siena, Denver University and Colorado University in Boulder, his most influential teachers are Oscar Ghiglia, Jonathan Leathwood, and Lorenzo Micheli.
Nicolò was appointed to the faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is Associate Professor of Classical Guitar.
Dr. Francisco Bernier
Guitar Visiting Professor
First prize at the International Guitar Competition “Michele Pittaluga” in Alessandria (Italy), Spanish guitarist Francisco Barnier is considered by critics as one of the world’s leading classical guitarists of his generation. His prize-winning career throughout the years led him to perform in over 40 countries around the globe.
He studied at the Ecole Normale “Alfred Cortot” in Paris with Alberto Ponce, at the Université du Québec in Montréal (Canada) and at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (France). He is Doctor in Arts by the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (Poland) and he is Guitar Professor of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Seville.
Francisco is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Seville Guitar Festival and President and Founder of Contrastes Records (London).
Guitar Visiting Professor
Golden Guitar as Young Promise at the International Guitar Convention in Milan, Pietro is the winner of numerous international awards including 1st prize at the XV International Guitar Competition Niccolò Paganini of Parma, the Gianni Bergamo Competition in Switzerland, the Bale-Valle Competition in Croatia and the Adelaide Competition in Australia. Invited to perform in Italy, Europe and Australia, he performed the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Toscanini Orchestra of Parma.
He has released two albums focused on the Spanish repertoire of the twentieth century and a third dedicated to Bach, well received by critics in Italy and abroad.
Pietro collaborates with the Teatro Regio in Turin and he is Guitar Professor of the Bergamo Conservatory.
Head of Historical Performance
David has toured throughout Europe, America and the Far East, sharing the stage with such Early Music luminaries as Emma Kirkby and James Bowman, performing concertos, directing orchestras and operas (including the first modern day performance of Arne’s The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green), and championing the harpsichord’s solo repertoire – in particular Bach’s Goldberg Variations. His unconventional background and unsurpassable technique made him a natural to join Red Priest, with whom he has toured and recorded since 2011.
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.
Prizewinner of the Raymond Russel Prize and June Emerson Prize, Petra performes in major concert halls including Royal Albert Hall. She is known for her radio and television work, including live broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and has recorded with The Harmonious society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen. She has been in high demand as a soloist, accompanist, orchestral and chamber musician. Recent project includes the release of an experimental single Chaccone Beat Drop.
Guitar and Theorbo Professor
Since being a prize winner in the prestigious London International Guitar Competition, Swedish-born Johan Löfving has dazzled international audiences as soloist and chamber musician, notably with flautist Yu-Wei Hu as Flauguissimo Duo. He has performed in halls such as Kings Place, Wigmore Hall and The Sage Gateshead as well as frequently appearing on BBC Radio 3. Performing on an original 19th century guitar, Johan’s first solo album Fandango! was hailed as ‘clearly one of the best albums and players of recent times’ (This is Classical Guitar). A graduate of Royal College of Music of London and Mozarteum in Salzburg, Johan’s wide musical interests span from rustic baroque dances to the intricate intensity of contemporary works.
Historical & modern Flute Professor
Award-winning historical and modern flautist, Yu-Wei has performed internationally, including at Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Sage Gateshead, Palace of Versailles, the MuTH (Austria), BBC Proms, Radio France Festival, Carinthischer Sommer Festival (Austria), Opera Barga Festival (Italy) and Saxå Chamber Music Festival (Sweden). Frequently performed as the principal flute at Opera Warberg and Oxford Bach Soloists, she has also played with Academy of Ancient Music, Florilegium and The Mozartists.Yu-Wei gave master classes and workshops at Leeds College of Music, Brunel University, Bristol University, Huddersfield University (UK), and Ingesund College of Music (Sweden). She performed live on BBC Radio 3 and Austrian Radio Ö1, and has albums released by Resonus Classics and Signum.
Lisete da Silva Bull
Recorder & Baroque Flute Professor
Portuguese-born Lisete da Silva Bull is a natural communicator with a passion for teaching and performing. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has worked extensively in Europe and Brazil, playing and teaching at some of the most prestigious concert houses and educational venues with some of the world’s leading period Orchestras. These include the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Handel Orchestra. She is a member of The Brook Street Band.
Lisete has recorded for Naxos, Somme, Quartz and AVIE records. She has a keen interest in French Baroque music and musicology, having worked extensively in the field with some of the world’s foremost authorities both academically such as Graham Saddler and as a performer with Christophe Rousset and William Christie.
Cornett & Historical Reed Instruments Professor
Sam is a specialist performer of cornett and historical reed instruments including dulcians, shawms and the transitional Deutsche schalmei. He directs ‘The Corporation of Musick’, an early wind ensemble, and has performed and recorded with some of the most influential groups in Europe and America including Cantus Cölln, Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Dufay Collective, Musica Fiata, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Concert, Handel & Haydn Society, I Fagiolini, and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra. Sam is also an instrument maker and copies and develops original instruments for modern performance. These replicas are giving fresh insights into the sounds and capabilities of the instruments and ensembles. Sam is in demand as a teacher, tutoring cornetts and sackbuts in Berlin, Dartington International Summer School, GSMD as well as teaching instrument making at Cambridge Woodwind Makers, in Rostock, Germany & Evora, Portugal.
Lutenist Toby Carr is as an active soloist, continuo player and chamber musician in the field of historically informed performance, bringing old music to new audiences in exciting, innovative ways. Toby has worked with many of the foremost period instrument groups such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Dunedin Consort and The English Concert, as well as augmenting the forces of the Royal Ballet and London Philharmonic Orchestra. A specialist in the music of 17th century Europe, Toby is particularly fond of the music of early baroque Italy and restoration-era England.
Viola da Gamba Professor
Ibrahim Aziz specializes in the performance of renaissance, baroque and contemporary music for the viola da gamba. He has recorded for First Hand Records as a solo artist, and for BIS, Signum Classics and several other labels with various early music ensembles such as Chelys and The Rose Consort of Viols. Ibrahim’s playing has been praised by many mainstream and specialist music magazines such as Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, The Independent (UK), De Volkskrant (NL), The Star, (MY) and the American Record Guide. A native of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ibrahim is now based in London where he makes a career as a baroque music performer and educator. He has worked with many distinguished musicians and played in prestigious festivals and concert venues worldwide.
Historical Violin Professor
Bojan specialises in repertoire ranging from the late 16th century to the Romantic violin concertos of Mendelssohn and Beethoven. He is the leader of the Academy of Ancient Music and Florilegium. He performed as a soloist with the Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra Tokyo, the Academy of Ancient Music, Instruments of Time and Truth and Florilegium. Bojan formed the Illyria Consort to explore rare repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. Their debut recording of Carbonelli’s Sonate da camera (Nos. 1-6) was chosen as one of Presto Classical’s “Presto Recordings of the Year”. Upcoming releases will feature virtuoso concertos by Vivaldi, Tartini and Locatelli, J.J.Walther’s Scherzi per violino solo and J.S.Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo. Bojan is also Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music, and is passionate about training the next generation of instrumentalists in historically-informed playing styles.
Head of Keyboard
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
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
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.
Patrizia is a concert pianist, jury member in international competitions and film director for documentaries about musicians. An active chamber musician, she has collaborated with soloists of Teatro Alla Scala, La Fenice, Kölner Philarmonie. Winner of several music prizes, such as the Togni Competition for Piano and Orchestra and the International “Academy Prize” in Rome, Patrizia was finalist of the Grand Piano Prix in Lyon and laureate of the Music Grand Prix in Rijeka. Recitals in major concert halls include Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, National Croatian Theatre and one year artist residency at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
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.
Contemporary Experimental Piano Professor
Tania is a grammy nominated sound artist, free improvisor, and interdisciplinary contemporary pianist and composer.
She has collaborated with artists including Steve Beresford, Andrew Poppy, John Tilbury, John Edwards, Mark Sanders, Rhodri Davies and film-maker Jayne Parker.
She has had concerts in the US, UK, Asia and Europe, at venues including Tate Modern, GaleGates (Brooklyn, NYC), The Hamburger Bahnhof Museum (Berlin), the Purcell Room, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
She has been broadcast on KPFA radio, Berkeley and BBC Radio 3.
Music Appreciation, Piano and Classical Indian Music Professor
Cheslav performs as a pianist in major concert halls, radio and television in a range of styles, from free Jazz to Beethovn. He also composes for a variety of ensembles and orchestra, co-founded borth the audiovisual group a=b=x=y and Our ‘PL’ace Foundation, through which he co-curates and co-produces an International Audiovisual Festival. Cheslav constantly searches for extended playing techniques on the piano, and is an active researcher of Gurbāṇī Saṅgīta, the oldest surviving tradition of Indian Classical Music, having have the good fortune of being able to work with and for its primary exponent (Bhai Baldeep Singh) since 2013. As an educator, he is the author of two academic courses on Music Appreciation, based on the methodology set out by dr. Craig White of Yale University.
Piano Visiting Professor
Svetlana performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. Appearances with orchestras include Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Dublin Philharmonic. A frequent guest at festivals worldwide, Ms. Smolina has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Royal Covent Garden Opera, Mozarteum, Merkin Hall, Kravis Center, NJPAC, GulbenkianFoundation, Grand Artists Series in Tel-Aviv, Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Corfu Festival in Greece.
Svetlana is the Director of the piano program at Philadelphia International Music Festival since 2011, served as an Artist in Residence at West Chester and at Temple Universities, has been a member of the piano faculty at Lucy Moses School in NYC and Nelly Berman School of Music in Philadephia. Currently Svetlana is on the piano faculty at Irvine Valley College in California.
Piano Visiting Professor
Alexey is a Russian concert pianist, musicologist, writer, educator, TV and radio presenter.
A graduate from the world famous Central Music School and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, he extensively performs in Russia and abroad, including USA, China, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina both as soloist and in Chamber music ensemble. He performed together with the Borodin String Quartet, Shostakovich String Quartet, Rachmaninoff String Quartet, Alexander Zagorinsky, Victor Shpiller, Anton Yaroshenko, Alexander Trostyansky, Alexei Martynov among others. Solo concertos with the orchestra include the collaboration with conductors Sergei Skripka, Gennadi Galkin, Vladislav Bulakhov and Nicholas Smith.
He is currently the Head of MusicPlus Programme at the Brookes Moscow International IB World School, Director of the Gryphon Award RBCC Young Musician of the Year competition and presenter for the Orpheus radio station.
Serbian born Miloš is an Award-winning soloist who has performed with the London Mozart Players, Russian Virtuosi, London Sinfonietta, Filharmonika Orchestra, Chroma Ensemble and the Chorus of Opera North. Live broadcasts include BBC Radio, Classic FM, ABC and the Serbian national radio and television networks. Miloš is a member of the London Tango Quintet, Kosmos Ensemble, AccordDuo and the Balkan group Paprika and he regularly performs with guitarist Craig Ogden and violinists David Juritz and Lizzie Ball. He has been appointed as an external examiner for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2014 he was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music ARAM for his contribution to music and appointed as an external examiner for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is an official artist and exclusively performs on Pigini Accordions.
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.
Marimba Visiting 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 an international soloist and prizewinner at Vittorio Veneto Violin Competition and A.Postacchini International Violin Competition. He is also Assistant Leader of Philharmonia Orchestra and guest concertmaster with world class orchestras including the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome.
As soloist he regularly performs in the most prestigious theatres and festivals throughout the world, such as the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Brahms Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli, to name a few.
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.
Alexander is Assistant Leader of the Bolshoi Orchestra, previously first violin of the Russian State Symphony Orchestra. He is prizewinner of the Quartet International Competition in Rovaniemi (Finland) and Yankelevich Violin Competition in Omsk (Russia).
He is regularly invited to perform as Soloist with the best symphonic orchestras of Russia and under the baton of great conductors, including V. Sinaisky and V. Fedoseev. Chamber Music partners include N.Gutman, E.Virsaladze, K.Blakher, A.Goribol.
Violin Visiting Professor
Astrahancev is an international soloist, professor at the Kharkov State University of Arts and jury member of the international competitions “Bogodar Kotorovich Maestro-Fest” (Ukraine) and “Gates of Hope” (Israel). Winner of the Lysenko Violin Competition, he toured as soloist with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, and performed in Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, Far East, Central Asia and the USA, including the Berlin Schauspielhaus, Tonhalle Zurich, Kiev Philharmonic Hall, Bunka Kaikan Tokyo Hall, Osaka Symphony Hall, Muroran-shi Kaikan Center. Astrahancev’s recordings have ben released for the Bavarian Radio, Swiss DRS, NHK of Japan, Ukrainian Radio and Television and National Television of Kyrgyzstan.
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.
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.
Viola Visiting Professor
Prof.Lindemann is widely acknowledged for his deep dedication to the late 19th and early 20th century string playing and technique. He has appeared in Solo performances with the Melbourne and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, Detmolder Kammerorchester and Kammerphilharmonie Amadé. Since 1997 Hartmut has been Professor of viola at the ‘Hochschule für Musik’ in der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster/Germany.
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 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.
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
Ekaterina is cello Professor at our institutional partner in Kiev, the Tchaikovsky National State Academy of Music of Ukraine.
Laureate of several International music competitions, Ekaterina is an Honored Artist of Ukraine.
She is also a Doctor of Philosophy studies.
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 Visiting 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.
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.
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.
Saxophone Visiting Professor
Simon has been the principal saxophone at the London Sinfonietta since 1997. He is a member of the Graham Fitkin Band and plays regularly with the Philharmonia and London Symphony Orchestras. His interest in electronics has led him to play EWI and Moog with the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble. He is currently professor at Royal Academy of Music, previously in the faculty of GSMD, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, and has given masterclasses around the world. He has released solo albums with Black Box Music, Naxos, Virgin Classics, NMC, Cala Records and Sospiro.
Imogen is No. 2 Oboe with the Philharmonia Orchestra. She also performs regularly with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Sinfonia of London and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Oboe Visiting Professor
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. He played as soloist with Lithuanian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Guildhall chamber orchestra, Orchestra of Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago, Camerata Andres Bello and Orquesta de la Universidad Mayor.
He is currently a professor of bassoon and chamber music at Universidad Mayor de Santiago, and professor of bassoon at Universidad de Chile.