CURRENT TUTORS (Home visits & Online) 2021/22
Piano ; Aural ; Theory
As an internationally sought-after performer, Damir Durmanovic has performed in venues and festivals including the Wigmore Hall, Champs Hill Studios, YPF Festival Amsterdam, Wimbledon Music Festival, Renia Sofia Audotorium Madrid, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Derby Multifaith Center, Flusserei Flums, ‘Ballenlager’ Vaduz. He has won prizes in numerous international competitions including The Beethoven Intercollegiate Junior Competition in London, Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition in Geneva and Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in Novi Sad.
He has performed in masterclasses with Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Dmitri Bashkirov, Pascal Devoyon, Jacques Rouvier, Robert Levin, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Tatyana Sarkisova, and chamber ensembles such as the Emerson Quartet. Damir is also a scholar at the ‘Musikakademie Liechtestein’ and regularly participates in the courses organised by the academy.
Damir began his studies at age of eight in his home country, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Maja Azabagic before continuing his studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied with professor Marcel Baudet.
Damir is an ABRSM scholar and is kindly supported by the Talent Unlimited Scheme. He is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London with professor Dmitri Alexeev.
“He aroused enthusiasm with his flawless technique, sensitivity and boldness”. Miriam Schild, Schweizer Musikzeitung
“A poet speaks”. Christopher Axworthy, Christopher Axworthy Commentary
Piano (classical/jazz/pop/electronic) ; Aural ; Theory
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.
Singing ; Piano ; Theory ; Aural ; Theory
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
Lithuanian Soprano Rusnė Tušlaitė recently graduated from the the Royal Academy of Music with a First-Class Bachelor of Music degree with Honours studying under Professors Nuccia Focile and Marek Ruszczynski.
Rusne was a Royal Opera House Emerging Artist at their Youth Council Steering Group sessions (2021) and has won six National and two International grand prizes in singing competitions in Lithuania. She was also awarded with entrance scholarships for both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music.
Whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music she was commended in the Historical Women Composer Prize (2018) and received the Arthur Burcher Memorial and the Toni V Fell Prizes. In 2018, Rusne represented the Royal Academy of Music at the 25th Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for young singers competition as one of the sixteen top singers across the UK conservatoires.
Her recent operatic engagements include the role of Tiresias in Geoffrey King’s world premiere of ‘Cantata Superba’ with the Audentia Ensemble and Susanna from Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ in the Royal Academy of Music’s Vocal Faculty Opera Scenes. Rusne looks forward to making her opera debut as the Countess in the Hampstead Garden Opera’s production of Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ in November 2021.
Rusne has previously participated in the chorus of the Royal Academy Opera’s productions of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Iolanta’, Ravel’s ‘L'Enfant et les Sortilèges’ and Massenet’s ‘Cherubin’. She often collaborates with orchestras such as the Naujamiestis brass band 'UP', the Pereksliai brass band 'Sun' and the Panevezys brass band 'Sound'. Rusne is also a member of the Philharmonia Chorus Student Scheme and has actively performed and taken part in masterclasses in Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Austria and France.
She has had the honour to work with great singers such as Michèle Crider, Dennis O’Neill, Della Jones, Tamara Novicenko, Lucy Crowe and many more. Some of the prestigious venues Rusne has performed at include the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the King George Hall, the Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle and the Grand Théatre Amiens.
Piano ; Theory ; Aural ; Theory
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.