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.
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.