I am an imaginative and friendly teacher and an experienced and versatile cellist who has performed internationally with leading ensembles for 25 years.
Having studied with some great 'maestri' (including the American pedagogue Steven Doane and British soloist Steven Isserlis) I have many 'pearls of wisdom' to pass on!
I have taught at the Royal College of Music since 2003 and externally for the Purcell School, as well as for the Ithaca College Exchange Program. I have co-led a three-day Bach workshop for Sir John Eliot Gardiner's "Monteverdi Apprentice" scheme, given masterclasses on Bach's Cello Suites in the USA (Eastman School, NY and University of North Carolina) and coached the continuo team for the Britten-Pears 'Young Artists' Programme' Baroque course at Snape Maltings.
Previously I have worked with young string quartets at Pro Corda North and taken the cello sectionals of London Schools Symphony Orchestra and Cambridge University Music Society. I have also taken several students through to Grade 8 with excellent results. I am equally happy to help those who prefer not to take exams and I enjoy working with keen amateurs, preparing chamber music and orchestral parts. Having been persuaded to take on some adult beginners I am absolutely stunned at their progress!
I really see no divide between these areas as I believe in applying 'first principles' (beauty of sound, balance and ease of movement, accurate pitch, strong rhythm, how to practise!) at every level, however simple or complex the repertoire.
I aim to demystify technical problems, to help you develop strong musical instincts and most of all to have fun and enjoy the process!