East London Piano’s tutors consists of experienced, fully qualified professional pianists with years of experience performing and teaching all ages and levels.
Our tutors are trained at the highest standard by renowned pedagogues in some of the finest school in the UK and abroad. They all have public liability insurance, are DBS checked and are members of the Musicians’ Union/Incorporated Society of Musicians.
Dr. Eleni Keventsidou
Eleni was born in Athens and started playing the piano at the age of 9 with Kate Trulli at the Athens National Conservatory. She graduated in 1995 with a unanimous First Prize. Eleni has also studied Greek Literature (Linguistics) at the National Republic University of Athens.
In 1998 Eleni was awarded the B’ Prize at the 13th Panhellenic Piano Competition and a three- year scholarship by the “Friends of Music Society” in order to study the organ with Nicolas Kynaston at the Athens Concert Hall. She continues her studies of organ with Nicolas Kynaston and David Titterington at the Royal Academy of Music and in 2004, Eleni graduated from the Postgraduate Performance Course with distinction. She has also studied privately with Johannes Geffert, Head of Church Music Studies at the Cologne Hochschule.
Eleni has performed as a soloist at the Athens Concert Hall, Bonn-Beuel. Dusseldorf, Himmerod Abbey (Germany), All Souls Langham Place, Westminster Cathedral, Bath Abbey, Huddersfield Town Hall, Cambridge Festival, St. Dominic’s Priory, Ciuntadella Cathedral (Menorca), Temple de Foyer (Paris), Bristol Cathedral, York Minster, Canterbury Cathedral. As a chamber music player Eleni has performed at St. Martin in the Fields, the Dutch Church London, the Evangelist Church of Katerini (Greece), the Athens Spring Organ Festival and the Athens Megaron with the Capella Istropolitana Orchestra and the Athens Camerata and the National Greek Radio Orchestra.
In 2003 Eleni was awarded a scholarship from the Alexander S.Onassis Scholarship Foundation. In 2004 she was awarded the “Margaret and Sydney Lovett Organ Prize” and the “United Music Publishers Ensemble Prize (London-Royal Academy). In 2007 she was awarded the Artistic Director’s Prize at Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia. In 2005 Eleni participated in a joint recording project with the Royal Academy of Music and the Southwark and South London Organ Society, playing at the Royal Festival Hall. In February she participated in a CD recording of English Choral music with the Rugby School Choirs.
Eleni has been Organist-in-Residence at Tonbridge School, Bilton Grange School and Musician-In –Residence at Bishops Stortford College. She currently teaches piano at Kent College and piano- organ at Rugby School. Eleni recently completed her PhD in Performance on Max Reger’s music on a studentship at Christ Church University, Canterbury .
Listen to Eleni perform:
Fantasia & Toccata Op 57 (organ)- Charles Villiers Stanford:
Kat is a pianist with training at the National Conservatoire in Athens where she graduated from with distinction (in Maria Kanatsouli’s class) and further private studies with Prof. Christopher Elton. Kat has completed a Masters’ in Piano Performance at Goldsmiths (University of London) under Andrew Zolinsky’s tutelage. Kat is also currently studying remotely towards her Harmony diploma via the National Conservatoire of Athens, which will complete in 2018 (in Alkis Xanthakis-Tertsetis class).
Kat has been playing piano since the age of 4 and is active as a pianist (both solo as well as music for 4 hands/2 pianos), working as a songwriter -with funding from Arts Council England- and teaching.
In November 2012 Kat participated in the Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition organised by the Beethoven Society of Europe. In the summer of 2016, Kat was shortlisted to audition for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s prestigious Future Firsts development scheme as orchestral pianist. During 2012/2013, she acted as the principal pianist at Goldsmiths’ Contemporary Music Ensemble with whom she made her debut at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room in May 2013 performing John White’s Piano Sonata (arr. Ian Gardiner). Kat was personally selected by Artur Pizarro to participate in a showcase masterclass at Venables Pianos (April 2013) and has taken part in masterclasses given by Andrei Gavrilov, Dmitri Alexeev, France Clidat and Stephen Kovacevich at Dartington Summer School with a bursary provided by Dartington Hall Trust. She has also received coaching from Leslie Howard and Julian Jacobson.
In addition, Kat has performed at London Fashion Week (for Erdem’s catwalk show), had her songs broadcast on BBC (Radio 3 and World Service) and made her European debut at Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Kat has a keen interest in contemporary music and often collaborates with up and coming composers and gives premieres of their works; in the summer of 2014 she performed at LSO St Luke’s as part of the Soundhub’s series premiering an ensemble piece written by resident composer Helen Papaioannou. Most recently she was the pianist for ‘Calculated to Death’, a contemporary opera composed by S. Laskowski which premiered at Tete a Tete opera festival in two sold-out shows, favourably reviewed in The Telegraph. Kat is currently in the process of composing and producing her first rock-opera based on Kurt Vonnegut’s seminal novel ‘Slaughterhouse five’.
Kat has been kindly supported by Goldsmith College’s International Student Fund and acknowledges further sponsorship via the P. and M. Lovell Trust. She also holds a BSc in International Economics and Politics from the Athens University of Economics and Business and a MSc in Management from the London School of Economics. She’s a member of the European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA) and remains committed to enhancing her teaching portfolio by frequently participating in conferences, seminars and workshops on music education and teaching methodologies (recent seminars attended focused on Alexander Technique, posture and injuries sustained by musicians, Kodaly system and tuition for pre-schoolers, Bach authentic performance, dyslexia & learning difficulties etc). Kat has a proven track record of 100% success in ABRSM graded exam exams with the majority of her students achieving merits and distinctions; she is the founder and director of East London Piano. You can read more about Kat on her artist website: www.katerinaperdikomati.co.uk
Watch Kat perform:
M. Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (complete):
Coming from an initial career in architecture, Irish born pianist Darragh Brogan began his BMus in 2009 at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, studying under Dr. Mary Lennon. He enjoyed much success as a student gaining first prize in all the major piano competitions held at the Conservatory and claiming regular prizes at Ireland’s premier festival for classical music, the Dublin Feis Ceoil, including first prize in the 2014 Anthony Glavin Trophy Competition for performance of a modern sonata.
Through his studies, he participated in regular masterclasses with internationally acclaimed pianists such as Barry Douglas, Graham Johnston, Phillippe Cassard to name a few. He has availed of many performance opportunities as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in prestigious venues such as the National Concert Hall, Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin; Dublin Castle, the Royal Dublin Society, the Pepper Canister Church and the Boyle Arts Festival.
Darragh graduated with first class honours in 2013 receiving the prestigious Student Academic Excellence Award. He has recently been awarded the fellowship diploma from Trinity College London. He has been teaching piano for a number of a years now to both children and adults alike at one of Dublin’s most highly regarded music schools, Newark Music Centre. He has now relocated to London for a Masters’ at the Royal College of Music.
Listen to Darragh perform live:
S. Rachmaninov – Piano concerto no. 2 (1st mvmt.):
A young pianist from the south coast of England who has played from the age of 4 and completed the ABRSM classical and jazz grades. After graduating with his music degree from Goldsmiths College, he now specialises as a pianist and theorist in classical and contemporary studies. He has performed in various function bands as a pianist and bass guitarist, one of which won the New Milton Music Festival in 2008. Alex has also been a keen performer on the scene of musicals, acting as Colonel Pickering in ‘My Fair Lady’ and Harry in Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Company’. In London his performing career continues as a pianist and bass player in the popular and jazz music scenes.
Through his study of the piano at Goldsmiths he was taught by Coady Green and Danny Driver. Has has performed in Master Classes by Julian Jacobson, Peter Bithell, Philp Fowke and Andrew Zolinsky. Alex has participated in Alexander Technique workshops and performed within many ensembles within Goldsmiths of which works include Out of Zaleski’s Gazebo – Gavin Bryars and Sciosophy – Graham Fitkin for eights hands on two pianos. This ensemble later developed into a 6 piano ensemble coached by Piano Circus’s member Paul Cassidy playing repertoire such as Steve Reich’s 6 Pianos, Totti, Terri Riley’s Keyboard Study No. 2. and other contemporary minimalist works. Alex was also the director for the Goldsmiths Big Band which played large a range of jazz classics and more modern jazz fusion works.
Listen to Alex perform:
Dr. Qui -jazz improv based on a theme by Bill Bailey:
Dominic Saunders read music initially at York University, winning the Wilfrid Mellers Prize and graduating with first-class honours. He then attended the Royal Academy of Music in London, with the Lloyds Bank Scholarship, where he won numerous prizes. Since then he has gained increasing recognition for his work as soloist, accompanist and ensemble player in a wide range of styles, playing at the Proms and all the main London venues, all over the UK and Europe, and in the USA and the Caribbean. His first appearance at the Carnegie Hall in New York was in 2002. Dominic was a founder member of Jane's Minstrels, the instrumental ensemble set up by Jane Manning. He is also the pianist with Icebreaker and Lontano and has played with other ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta and Endymion. Contemporary music is a special priority and he has premiered the works of numerous composers. Recent commercial recordings have included a disc of chamber music by the Scottish composer Ed McGuire which was selected as a CD of the month in Gramophone magazine. Concerts in the last few years have included appearances at the London's South Bank and at the Lincoln Centre in New York. He enjoys teaching, and has also written on music for the Guardian newspaper. Watch Dominic perform with Althea Talbot-Howard, oboe:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpRrT5cDejM (Henri Dutilleux - finale)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiNS8dKk-FA (Charles Colin)
Paul Cassidy studied as a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music with Irina Zaritzskaya and Andrew Ball, graduating in 2001 as recipient of the Hopkinson Silver Medal for his performance in the RCM Chappell Medal Final. Upon graduation from the RCM Paul studied philosophy at the University of Manchester and Kings’ College London, whilst maintaining a career as a freelance pianist and contemporary music. He has twice reached the semi-finals of the British Contemporary Piano Competition, and has given numerous premieres of new works, including the world premiere of Kevin Malone’s CountMe In for piano and electronics at the University of Manchester. In 2007 Paul performed inthe PLG Young Artists Concert Series at the Purcell Room, London, and later that same year he participated alongside Michael Nyman and Gavin Bryars in a complete performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations at the Tate Modern, London. Since 2008 Paul has been a member of the six-piano contemporary music ensemble Piano Circus and has performed extensively with the group across the UK, Europe and the United States. Paul is also an experienced Jazz pianist and performs regularly in a variety of venues in and around London. Paul is currently in the third year of his PhD in Music Performance at Goldsmiths, where he has been working with Keith Potter and Andrew Zolinsky on his primary research and repertoire interest – American minimalist piano music
Listen to Paul perform:
J. Haydn – Sonata in C minor
M. Ravel – Oiseaux tristes
Listen to Tom perform:
Vanesa studied piano at the Conservatory of Manresa with Lluís Rosselló and graduated in the Conservatory of Barcelona with Paula Torrontegui. Afterwards, she did postgraduate studies at MusicaStudio with conductor and pianist Jean-Pierre Dupuy, and obtained a Masters in Performance and Related Studies at Goldsmiths’ University of London. She has also been taught by pianists such as Suzanne Bradbury, Ramon Coll and Josep Maria Colom, and has performed in masterclasses given by Edith Fischer, Stephen Kovacevich,Elgar Nebolsin, Claudio Martínez – Mehner, Hilomi Sakaguchi and Sergei Senkov. Her studies have been generously supported by foundations Àrea de Creació Acústica, Fidelio and Centro de Estudios Pianísticos de Barcelona.
Vanesa has performed numerous recitals as a soloist and as a member of chamber groups. She has been part of classical chamber music groups amongst which Velvet Trio, Duo Portella-Santanach and Duetto Besses-Santanach. She also has a great interest in contemporary music and has attended to related courses taught by the ACA Foundation Contemporary Academy, by Vicent Minguet and by IRCAM (Acanthes). She has played in ensembles like Youth Contemporary Ensemble ACA, Tactum, Martinu Ensemble, Goldsmith Contemporary Ensemble and Variable Geometry, under the direction of outstanding conductors as Andrés Gomis, David Quiggle, Armando Merino, Jean-Philipp Calvin and Alexander Ivashkin. She has has worked with composers such as Xavier Gelabert, José Manuel López-López, Vladimir Tarnopolski, Faradh Karaev, Santiago Díaz-Fischer and Ivan Fedele, among others, and has premiered numerous works.
Vanesa has performed in Spain, France, Germany and UK in venues such as the Teatro Principal in Palma de Mallorca, Ateneu of Barcelona, Sala Clemente in Valencia, Auditori Enric Granados de Lleida, Sala Paper de Música de Capellades, Salle du l’Orangérie in Metz, Deptford Hall and Senate House in London; in festivals as Encontre Internacional de Compositors in Palma de Mallorca or Atomino in Crimmitschau.
She is currently studying a Master in Performance in Contemporary Piano at the Royal College of Music with Andrew Zolinsky, performing, creating new projects and teaching.
Watch Vanesa perform:
O. Messiaen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-4oRjdrros
K. Stockhausen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaO7Q-N5WDw
Born in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Marta started to study piano when she was 8 years old with Marina Shamagian and Ofelia Aznaurova. In 2010 she obtained her Degree in Piano Performance with Distinction from the Coruña Conservatoire, under the guidance of Alicia González Permuy and Ewa Bukojemska, the latter while doing an Erasmus exchange in Akademya z Muzycne in Krakow (Poland).
She has undertaken postgraduate studies with Peter Bithell and Pamela Lidiard at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she completed her MPerf – Guildhall Artist Masters specialising in Piano Solo and Accompaniment. Her studies have been generously supported by the Guildhall School Trust, Spanish Performers’ Association (AIE) and Segundo Gil Davila Trust.
While completing her degree in Spain Marta gave concerts in well-known venues in cities such as Madrid, Málaga, Santiago de Compostela, Ferrol, A Coruña, and Vigo. During her studies in London she has performed in venues such as Barbican Hall, St. Mary-le-Bow church, St. Peter’s in Eaton Square, The Courtauld Institute of Art (Somerset House) and Southwark Cathedral among others. She has taken part of the City of London Festival 2012, performing at St. Mary-at-Hill for the project “Where the wild flowers are”. Recent highlights include her appearance in the BBC Radio 3 programme “In tune”, as part of the Perseidas Ensemble.
Marta is a devoted piano teacher, who enjoys sharing her experience with young children and adults. She is currently teaching at ELP’s piano hub at the Faraday School – Trinity Buoy Wharf. While keeping a busy performance and teaching schedule she also works as an accompanist for the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Marta took part in a number of competitions in her home country such as “Premi Ciutat de Manresa”, “Ciudad de Linares” Competition, “Ciutat de Carlet” Competion, ASGAIM Competition. More recently she was awarded the Prize for the Musical Excellence by the Paideia Foundation. Marta has participated in Masterclasses given by Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Jonathan Papp and Jan Willem Nelleke. Her strong interest on Historical Performance of Early Music led her to undertake studies in harpsichord and organ with Fernando López Pan and Bruno Forst.
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