CURRENT TUTORS (Home visits & Online) 2020/21
Piano (classical/jazz/pop/electronic) ;
Singing ; Piano ; Theory ; Aural
Ileana Cosentino was born in Catania in 1993, where she started her musical path as a child. At the age of thirteen she started studying at the Conservatorio Vincenzo Bellini of Catania. During this period she had the opportunity to study with Giuseppe Andaloro, Giuseppe Gullotta, Rosella Clini, Homero Francesh, Massimiliano Ferrati, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Jean Paul De Backer, Eric Chardon, Jean Philip Collard Neven, Federico Gianello, Igor Petrin and Violetta Egorova.
Her performances include a series of solo and chamber music concerts in Italy and Belgium. She won the Erasmus scholarship during her third year of the Bachelor to attend the second semester in the Conservatoire Royal de Mons in Belgium. She had the opportunity to hold many concerts and auditions in Mons, Liege, Waterloo, Bruxelles and Diest.
In October 2015 she consequently graduated in piano at Conservatorio Vincenzo Bellini di Catania with the marks of 106/110 under the guidance of Maestro Giulia Gangi. She started the Master in Belgium concluding the first year in Conservatoire Royal de Mons under the guidance of Rosella Clini. Therefore she attended the second year of the Master in Catania under the guidance of Epifanio Comis and she graduated in October 2018.
Moreover she loves teaching, passing on her passion for music to her students in a way that motivates and inspires them, whether young or old, and tailoring their lessons to meet their needs and goals. Her students receive a comprehensive music education including, for the youngest, “Orff method” and body percussion as a sensorial experience in which children dance, sing and play in order to enjoy the moment of the lesson fully and connect them with their inner self. Ileana is also a writer, thus, she loves build and improvise a story with their pupils around every piece they study and play together. She obtained in Italy the “24 CFU insegnamento nelle scuole di primo e secondo livello” (24 ECTS educational credits for teaching in school). She started giving classical, jazz and pop piano lessons as well as History of the music, Harmony and Aural music at the age of 15. She taught piano and aural music to children from 3 years old to 15 in the music school “Les petites souris” in Cuesmes (Mons) in Belgium in the 2017. Since February 2019 she is been living in London. She works as piano teacher in several piano and music agencies like Muswell Hill Piano Teachers, Orpington Music Studio, Fireworks Music School, Marie De Bry Academy, etc.
Colombian soprano Meliza Metzger-Gomez recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Catherine Benson and Iain Ledingham. In 2016 graduated from the Conservatoire of Bordeaux obtaining her Diploma of Musical Studies in voice under the guidance of Sharon Coste. Meliza holds a bachelor degree from the Universidad los Andes (Colombia) in Music and Italian language and Cultural Studies.
Previous operatic experience include Belinda in “Dido and Aeneas” at Uniandes, Bogota, Queen of the night ”Die Zauberflote” in Concert version, Clorinda « la Cenerentola » and Adina “L’elisir D’amore” performed in a tour in Cinque Terre, Italy with Iain Ledingham, Marie "La fille du regiment", Giulietta “I capuleti ed I Montecchi” (RAM VF), Carolina in « il matrimonio segreto » , Prima sorella cercatrice « Suor Angelica » (CNR Bordeaux). In June 2017, debuted as soloist at the Auditorium of Bordeaux in the scheme of « La fête de la musique » noon recitals from the Opera of Bordeaux.
Oratorio repertoire include F. Beck Stabat Mater and Bernstein Mass with the Conservatory of Bordeaux Orchestra, Exultate Jubilate K.165, Mass C minor K.427 and Cantatas BW4, BW211, Purcell Te Deum with the University of los Andes Orchestra, chorus Soprano 1 on Mahler Symphony n.2 under the baton of Semyon Bychkov at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
As an academy student with a big interest on bringing music to the community Meliza took part in community projects with the Open Academy, working mostly with primary schools and care homes. She continues taking part on outreach projects in Colombia working with children choirs and the exploration of operatic repertoire. Future engagements include recitals at the Festival Lent in Maribor, Slovenia and The 31st international Festival Imago Sloveniae in Ptuj, Slovenia.
RUSNĖ TUŠLAITĖ (Tutor-Plus)
Singing ; Piano ; Aural ; Theory
Rusnė Tušlaitė is a Lithuanian Soprano currently finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music under Nuccia Focile and Marek Ruszczynski. She is a winner of 6 National and 2 International grand prizes in singing competitions in Lithuania. She was also awarded with an entrance scholarship at RAM, got commended in Historical Women Composer Prize 2018 as well as received Arthur Burcher Memorial Prize and Toni V Fell Prize for 1st and 2nd academic years.
In 2018 she represented the academy in the 25th Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for young singers as one of the 16 top singing students in the UK. Her newest operatic engagements include participation in the chorus of RAO’s productions of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Iolanta’, Ravel’s ‘L'Enfant et les Sortilèges’ and Massenet’s ‘Cherubin’. January, 2020 Rusnė debuted as Tiresias in Geoffrey King’s world premiere of ‘Cantata Superba’ with Audentia Ensamble under the baton of Ryan Bair. She is often requested to collaborate with orchestras such as RAM Chamber Orchestra, Naujamiestis brass band 'UP', Pereksliai brass band 'Sun' and Panevezys brass band 'Sound'. Rusnė is also employed as soprano in the prestigious Philharmonia Chorus Student Scheme.
She is actively performing and taking part in masterclasses in Lithuania, United Kingdom, Austria and France. She had an honor to work with great singers such as Michèle Crider, Dennis O’Neill, Della Jones, Rosemary Joshua, Tamara Dimitrievna Novicenko and many more. She already sang in Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, King George Hall, Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle, Grand Théatre Amiens and others.
Piano ; Theory ; Aural
Lithuanian pianist Greta Andrijauskaitė is a graduate from University of Aberdeen (Scotland). In 2017 she obtained the Bachelor of Music (Hons) and in 2018 Master of Music degrees.
Greta started studying piano from the age of 7 in her hometown Art School (Lithuania). Later, in Aberdeen, for five years she was developing her piano skills with Doc. Barbara Payne. Greta’s abilities and competence have been tested in various competitions in the Republic of Lithuania as well as international projects and concerts in Latvia, Germany, Poland and Scotland where in some of them she became diplomaed, laureate and prized: The Labyrinth of Lithuanian music (2007), Play, Imagine, Draw (2008), The Baltic Amber (2006), Aberdeen and North East of Scotland music festival (2014, 2015, 2018).
In 2017 Greta was of three performers who won the Chris James Cadwur Concerto competition, the concerto competition for students of the University of Aberdeen. In March 2018, she was honoured to perform W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor (K.466) with University of Aberdeen Marischal Chamber orchestra.