Highly Trained

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.

Kat Perdikomati

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), as well as their Regional Organiser for East London, 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.

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 .

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Bota Kassymova

After graduating from Classical Music College in Kazakhstan with a Diploma and Certificate of excellence in classical piano, Bota moved to London. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Popular Music Performance at BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute) and Masters degree at London College of Music. Throughout her professional career, Bota has performed classical concerts with orchestras (Kazakhstan National Orchestra), won 1st places at the Piano and Singing competitions (International Piano Forum) and performed as a classical pianist and accompanist. Bota is comfortable teaching piano to all ages. Throughout her teaching career, she has worked at the various music schools (Music Maps, LMAT, JCM Music School, Fulham Boys School) and always strives to engage with the students and help them reach their full potential. With five years experience in music pedagogy, she covers Classical Piano, Contemporary styles, Music theory, Sight reading, Aural and Rhythm skills, as well as Stage presence techniques.

Michael Chang

Michael has been playing the piano for over 20 years, specialising in jazz, gospel, funk, blues, and pop. Michael’s first steps into playing the piano was via the classical grade system, however after falling in love with the improvisatory element of music, Michael’s playing and musical experience took a detour.

From working in the music industry, Michael was exposed to many top end musicians. He decided to study with some of the UK’s top session musicians in the genres mentioned above. Over the years Michael shaped his own musical vocabulary similarly to all the jazz greats. Michael decided to further his musical growth by studying a degree at Anglia Ruskin University in Popular music, where he undertook a further 3 years of Jazz piano lessons, whilst re-studying the ABRSM Practical & Theory grades.

For the past decade Michael has been a professional musician, producer, and musical director. Credits include: Tinie Tempah, Stylo G, Mobo award winning saxophonist Yolanda Brown, Esmee Denters, to name a few, and has performed in prestigious venues such as Jazz Cafe, BBC Live Lounge, Glastonbury Festival and National History Museum.

Alex Hill-Knight

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.

Dr Vasilis Rakitzis

Vasilis Rakitzis is a Doctor of Musical Arts from City University London, and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the Conservatories of Athens and Amsterdam. A pupil of Popi and Maria Efstratiadis, Martin Roscoe, Naum Grubert, and Caroline Palmer, he has also participated in masterclasses with Paul Badura-Skoda, Boris Berman, Martino Tirimo, and Leonidas Kavakos. Vasilis has performed as a soloist with the leading Greek orchestras, and he regularly appears in solo and chamber music concerts in England and Greece. He was a prizewinner in international competitions, and was awarded the prestigious ‘Eleni Tim. Mykoniou’ prize by the Academy of Athens. He currently lives in London and is a piano teacher at Christ’s Hospital School, The Royal School in Haslemere, and the Hindhead Music Centre.

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Max Burstyn

Max Burstyn recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London with a Distinction in the degree of Master of Music in Composition. He has over 20 years of piano performance experience, with a speciality in late-romantic, jazz, and contemporary music.
He has been teaching piano and music theory for 5 years, having successfully brought many students of all ages and abilities through their exams. He blends expressive and technical understanding in his lessons, and learns as much from his students’ individual needs as he guides and teaches them.
He is also a music producer, having composed soundtracks for many independent films, as well as being a computer programmer, video game developer, and performing his own live electronic music.

Johanna Kivimagi

Johanna is a composer, music producer and pianist from Estonia. She has a Masters degree in electroacoustic composition from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. She has studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and the Malmö Academy of Music with the Erasmus exchange program and taken courses at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and Goldsmiths University.

She has written acoustic and electronic music and has made music for dance performances and videos. Her compositions have been performed at many festivals, including “Estonian Music Days”, “InZonic 2017: Immersive Future” in ZKM, Karlsruhe, “New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2018” in New York, “Gaudeamus Muziekweek” Nova” in Netherlands etc and been part of exhibitions (including Venice biennale).
Johanna is currently working on her first album (recorded in Strongroom studios) with focus on piano compositions, played by herself.

She started playing piano at the age of 6 with Naily Saripova and continued taking piano lessons from Age Juurikas during her bachelor studies. She has collaborated with singer-songwriters as session musician and arranger.
Johanna has been teaching for more than 10 years in Estonia, Iceland and the UK.

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