André Gaio Pereira is a violinist from Portugal. He has taught privately for the past four years and currently teaches at London Central Music School. André holds a Masters in Performance from the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed solo with Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Beiras Philharmonic Orchestra, Southern Classical Orchestra and Cascais & Oeiras Chamber Orchestra, amongst others. As a chamber musician he appeared with the Doric Quartet, the Chilingirian Quartet and the Nash Ensemble in venues such as Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall. André teaches violin and music theory.
Luís Mota is a composer, violinist and tutor from Portugal. He has taught at London Music Masters, Forte Arts, London Piano Masters and is now the coordinator of London Central Music School. Luís holds a master’s degree in Violin and Composition for Screen from the Royal College of Music and is currently taking part in another master’s degree in Composition for Screen (INMICS) in Belgium and France. He performs with various ensembles and orchestras and takes part in recording sessions for films, television series, animation videos and adverts. He also leads workshops on musicianship, music theory and composition. Luís teaches violin, piano, music theory and composition.
Sofia Silva Sousa is a viola player from Portugal. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel (Belgium) and in her first year of Masters in Performance at the Royal College of Music, London. Last July, she graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Academy of Music. In 2018 Sofia won the Portuguese Young Musicians Prize in the viola category, having also been given the distinction of Young Musician of the Year. She is enthusiastically taking up her first experiences as a music teacher.
Fee Blumenthaler, born in Taipeh 1991, is a pianist from Germany. She has taught for the past 10 years in Nuremberg and Vienna and currently teaches in London privately and in the Enhui music school in Kingston. Fee holds a Master of Arts degree from the Royal Academy of Music. Fee is a versatile and passionate pianist. Her activities have ranged from chamber music to experiencing contemporary music and collaborative work with various artists from different fields. Fee played on stages all around the world including the Musikverein in Vienna. Fee teaches piano.
Daniele Guerra is a teacher, coach and opera director from Italy. He has taught at Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He currently teaches at the Royal College of Music. He holds a degree in Psychology from Sapienza University, Rome; a Postgraduate Diploma in Singing from the Royal College of Music; an MA in Film Directing from Goldsmiths. He has worked at several European theatres, including Royal Opera House, Opéra de Paris, Opéra de Lille, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Teatro Verdi Trieste, Opera di Roma, London Handel Festival, Wexford Festival, Opéra de Metz, Opéra de Rennes, the Arcola Theatre. Daniele teaches singing.
Born in Italy in 1985, David Malusà started playing piano at the age of six and graduated cum laude in 2005 from the Conservatorio Arrigo Pedrollo in Vicenza. After three years of private studies with Leonid Margarius and Vincenzo Balzani, in 2008 he moved to London, where he completed the Masters of Music programme and the Artist Diploma course at the Royal College of Music under the guidance of Niel Immelman and Vanessa Latarche. Malusá has been a prize winner of several national and international competitons, including first prizes at the Città di Carrara , Città di Cortemilia, Città di Cantalupa, and second prize at the Berlin International Piano Competition Paul Hindemith. David won the sixteenth Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition, and as a result of that, he made his debut recital at the Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile as well as at the Wigmore Hall in London and had a CD released under S.W. Mitchell Capital records of his live Wigmore Hall recital.
Elena Toponogova is a pianist and teacher from Russia. She currently teaches at Windsor piano school and Tchaikovsky London music school and has more than 13 years of teaching experience. Elena holds a Master in performance degree from the Royal College of Music, London. She regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician and has played in such venues as V&A Museum, St.Martin’s in the ﬁelds, Charlton House, Amaryllis Fleming hall and many others. Elena studied with Norma Fisher, John Blakely and Kathron Sturrock.
Zita Silva is a harpist. She currently teaches at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. Zita holds a Master of Arts from the Royal Academy of Music. She has been performing nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, having been invited to perform with orchestras such as the Royal National Scottish Orchestra, the Orquestra Gulbenkian and the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, working with renowned conductors such as Sir Andrew Davies, Pedro Neves, Semyon Bychkov, Yan Pascal Tortelier. Zita has performed as a soloist in all the major venues in Portugal and for music festivals such as Harp On Wight and Proms at St. Jude’s in the UK. Zita teaches the Celtic and the pedal harp.
Alba Ramos is a singer from Canary Islands, Spain. She graduated in June 2018 with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre from the Institute of the Arts Barcelona and won the Principals Award out of Musical Theatre, Dance and Acting departments. Alba played main roles like Beth in the Musical ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ and Sukie Rougemont in ‘The Witches of Eastwick’. Alba teaches singing at the London Central Music School.
Gosia Garstka is a pianist from Poland. She has taught privately for more than 10 years and currently teaches at London Central Music School and Windsor Piano School. Over those years she has developed a unique teaching method, based on individual approach, creativity, fun and professionalism. Gosia holds a Master’s Degree with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music. She was appointed a Hodgson Fellow at the Academy for two consecutive years, and currently holds there a position of a collaborative pianist. Gosia has also won top prizes at numerous international piano competitions and performed at many prestigious UK venues including Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields. Gosia teaches piano.
Gonçalo Malafaya Almeida is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from Portugal. He has taught at PG Guitar Studio (Porto, Portugal) and currently teaches at the ICMP London. Gonçalo holds a MA in Songwriting from the ICMP London and a Jazz and Modern Music degree in Guitar from the Lusíada University of Lisbon. He has been the lead guitarist for the major Portuguese music act Kika playing in venues that hold up to 8000 people. He is currently invested in two original projects in London: the Mondegreen Trio (Folk/Pop) with two Sofar Sounds performances already and a single out on all music platforms and Gonzalo (solo singer/songwriter project), having played a total of 6 gigs (including a festival in Portugal) in as little as 3 months of activity. Gonçalo teaches Guitar, Songwriting, Music Theory and Ear Training.
Mafalda Ramos is a Historical Flutes specialist from Portugal. She has taught the recorder at Blackheath Junior High School (GDST) and the flute at Hill House International School and currently teaches Recorder (1-1 as well as Consort) at the Ealing Junior Music School. Mafalda holds a BMus(Hons) and an MMus in Historical Flutes from the Royal College of Music. She is part of Handel House Talent for 2018-2019. A keen orchestral as well as chamber musician, she has played with the Casa da Música Baroque Orchestra, The Brook Street Band, London Handel Orchestra, La Nuova Musica, amongst other orchestras and ensembles in the UK and Europe. She regularly works with harpsichordist Aidan Phillips. Mafalda teaches the Flute and the Recorder.
Janice Wijaya is a pianist-composer from Indonesia. She has taught at Clavier Music Academy and Junior Royal Academy of Music (grade 6 theory), and currently teaches at London Central Music School, Sokol Piano Academy, The Arts Revolution, MMQ Piano Studio, Lycaeum Music, as well as London Music Centre. Janice holds a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. Janice performed numerous times with Jakarta Concert Orchestra, including her performance of Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op. 21. Her major orchestral works include “The Reverie”, and she also composed numerous piano works such as her Fugue in F minor. Janice teaches piano performance, music theory, music history and composition.