TUTORS

PLAM’s Tutors

Our music tutors are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. They have warm personalities, are extremely patient, friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson.

  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Flute
  • Singing

PIANO

  • Sebastián Espinosa Carrasco (Harringay, N4, covers North London area)

    Sebastián Espinosa (Mexico City, 1992) completed the Guildhall Artists Master Programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied piano with Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen. He holds both a Master of Music and Master in Performance degrees.

    As an undergraduate student, he was invited through the Mexican Consulate to perform as a soloist and collaborative pianist at the Expo Cultural Center in Shanghai Expo 2010; the University of British Columbia in Vancouver; and New York University, NY.

    Collaboration is his main interest; working often as a chamber musician and with composers. With oirTrio Ensemble he won first prize in the Seventh National Chamber Music Competition Ollin Yolliztli 2014 (México). With Sedna Trio he won special prize in York Chamber Music Competition 2015.

    In summer 2014 he debuted as a soloist with orchestra performing the premiere of Armando Luna’s Second Piano Concerto with Mexico City Philharmonic. On March 2017 he performed Stravinsky’s Concerto for piano and Wind Instruments, together with Guildhall Wind and Brass Ensemble.

    He is based in London, where he has performed at Occupy the Pianos Festival, BBC Total Immersion Day: Edgard Varèse, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, as well as recorded in Abbey Studios for the British Film Institute.

    Sebastián is teacher assistant in the Creative Performance and Improvisation Department at the Guildhall School. Recently he started working at the City of London School for Girls where he teaches piano, ensemble and improvisation.

    Sebastián can teach in English and Spanish.
    https://plamusic.co.uk/videos/
  • Catherine Leonard (East Molesey, KT8, covers South West London area)

    British pianist Catherine Leonard studied music at King’s College London and piano at the Royal Academy of Music with Aaron Shorr and was accepted on to the prestigious third-year Advanced Performance Studies course in association with the Royal Academy of Music after being awarded a First in piano performance at the end of her second year at King’s. She has also studied piano with Konrad Richter at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, and with Alexandra Andrievsky and Peter Feuchtwanger in London.

    She has performed in masterclasses at the International Holland Music Sessions summer academy and has given more than 200 solo recitals throughout the UK in venues including the Bowes Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, Foundling Museum, the London Charterhouse, Blenheim Palace, Charlton House, Hylands House, Leith Hill Place for the National Trust and Chichester, Chelmsford and Southwark Cathedrals. She has also given solo recitals at the Brighton, Harwich and Edinburgh Festivals.

    She is very enthusiastic and passionate about music and a huge believer of music education and she loves to share this passion with her students. She has taught piano since 2004.

    Catherine teaches in English
    https://plamusic.co.uk/videos/
  • Eri Yamamoto (Finchley Central & West Hampstead, N3 & NW6, covers North & North West London area)

    Born in Tokyo, Japan, Eri Yamamoto is one of the most exuberant pianists performing today. Established in Europe, her unique and first-rate musical background and style has been described as outstanding.

    Moving to Budapest, at 16, as a Rotary Youth Exchange Program student, she then embarked on her BA as a student of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, in Piano. Continuing on with her studies, she successfully was awarded her MA with the highest honors, as a Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship receiving student, organized by the Hungarian government, under the guidance of Nádor György, Orsolya Szabó. After she graduated from the Liszt Academy of Music, she moved to London to further her skills at the Professional Diploma course of the Royal Academy of Music, London, under the guidance of Rustem Hayroudinoff. Attending classes and master classes by numerous prominent and prestigious pianists such as Pavel Giliov and Cyprien Katsaris has also enhanced her education.

    Eri Yamamoto has won numerous prizes and awards for her outstanding piano performances, including being placed first and recital concert prize in the Citta di Barletta’ Italy, the Rosalia de Castro Special prize and CD recording prize in the International Piano Competition ‘City of Vigo’ in Vigo, Spain, first in the 18th Euterpe International Music Competition in Corato, Italy and first in the Grande Prize Virtuoso International in Salzburg, Austria. She was also honored to play at the gala concert at the Wiener Saal Mozarteum and received several other prizes and awards throughout Europe and Asia.

    Described as an artist who performs as a solo pianist, accompanist as well as a chamber musician, Eri has proved she is a very skilled and diverse pianist. Performing as a solo pianist, she worked with the Szolnok Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Masahiro Izaki, directed by Akira Senju, and with the Anima Musicae Chamber Music Orchestra. Having recitals throughout Europe and Japan, Eri successfully performed at the Chopin Birthday Festival in Warsaw, Poland, the Citta di Barletta in Italy, and the Stipendium Hungaricum Ceremony in front of the Hungarian prime Minister, Budapest, Hungary, also in Suginami Kokaido small hall, the Takashimaya special salon concert in Tokyo, Japan to name just a few. Concert engagements have not been limited to solo performances, and Eri enjoys a successful career as a chamber musician and accompanist.

    Eri can teach in English and Japanese.
    https://plamusic.co.uk/videos/

VIOLIN

  • Clara Garde (Kensington, W14, covers West London Area)

    Born in a musical family, Clara Garde quickly showed an interest for the violin. Noticed by the Soloist Marie-Annick Nicolas, she studied eight years with her.

    At the time of her progression, she had several opportunities and rewards, such as playing the mondial creation and first recording of ‘The Sonata for violin and piano’ by Claude Duboscq, being awarded at ‘The Vatelot-Rampal Competition’ and at the ‘Competition for young musicians’, followed by a scholarship to carry on her musical studies. She also had the chance to play as a soloist in France with the University Orchestra of Grenoble and at the Festival d’Ordonnaz.

    In 2010 she obtained her DEM (Diploma of Musical Studies) and moved to Paris for two years of Perfectionnement-Concertiste in the class of Bertrand Cervera.

    Then she moved to London and entered the Royal Academy of Music to study with Lydia Mordkovitch and Remus Azoïtei.

    During her Bachelor, she has taken part to several chamber music and solo projects; she was highly commended at the ‘Winifred Small Prize’ and participated to several masterclasses. She plays in a Quartet and takes part as chamber musician and soloist to recitals in Switzerland and France.

    On the other hand, she is deeply involved in orchestra activities. She worked with Semyon Bychkov, Trevor Pinnock, Edward Gardner, Sir Mark Elder, Bernard Haitink and The Manson Ensemble.

    In 2017 she graduated from The Royal Academy of Music with a Bachelor ’First Class Honors’ and moved to The Royal College of Music for her Master in Performance Degree, in Maciej Rakowsky’s class.

    She won a second prize at the North International Music Competition (2017), won the European Soloist Competition (2018) and will perform a concerto with orchestra in September 2018. She recently received an award from the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust.

    Clara Garde is also a harp player and performer in festivals.

    Clara can teach in English and French.
    https://plamusic.co.uk/videos/
  • Arisa Nemoto (Old Street, N1, covers North London area)

    Arisa is a violinist, born in Tokyo, Japan, where she completed her Bachelor degree in violin performance in Tokyo University of the Arts.

    In 2018, she completed Guildhall Artist Master Programme - Orchestral Artistry course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Krzyzstof Smietana and LSO players for orchestral coaching. In 2018-2019, she was awarded Guildhall Artist Fellowship.

    Arisa was awarded Guildhall School of Music and Drama Full Scholarship 2017-2018, London Symphony Orchestra/Guildhall School Orchestra Artistry, Full scholarship 2016-2017.

    In 2015, she was awarded the 15th Osaka International Music Competition/Strings, Espoir Prize. In 2016-2017, she has worked with Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pietari Inkinen. She has appeared in LSO’s Rattle festival, LSO discovery concerts, LSO On Track and many other concerts with LSO players in Barbican hall, St, Luke’s. Recently, she has held recitals in Southwark cathedral and St, Johns Waterloo.

    As an orchestral musician, she has worked with Valery Gergiev, Tadaaki Otaka, Kazufumi Yamashita and performed in Suntory Hall, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo bunka Kaikan, Sumida Triphony hall, Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall in Japan. Recently, Arisa has been performing and collaborating with contemporary dancers and recording contemporary music with composers. She is also interested in improvisation.

    Arisa has had a lot of teaching experience to young children. Her approach to music tuition and education is to encourage and discipline the students to understand all of the aspects of music making and to improve their understanding of playing, along with the theory of music and general musicianship skills.

    Arisa can teach in English and Japanese.
    https://plamusic.co.uk/videos/
  • Sarah McCabe (Camden, NW1, covers North West London area)

    Sarah McCabe is a violinist and violist originally from Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

    Sarah graduated from Acadia University in 2014 with her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance. While at Acadia, she studied violin under Robert Uchida, current concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and former concertmaster of Symphony Nova Scotia, and Jennifer Jones, Associate Concertmaster of Symphony Nova Scotia. She also studied viola under Laura Veeze and Gillian Smith.

    She was principal violist of the Acadia Chamber Orchestra for four years, and was a featured soloist in March 2014, playing 'Elegy for Viola, String Quartet, and String Orchestra' by Herbert Howells. She was also the violist of the AUSOM String Quartet, which won the honour of playing at the Tom Regan Memorial Concert in 2013, and received coaching from the Award Winning Tokai String Quartet.

    Sarah completed the Guildhall Artists Master Programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2017, where she studied viola with Matthew Jones. She has won many awards and scholarships, including the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra Leadership Award, the Janis and Felicita Kalejs Memorial Award in the Music, the Dr. Leverrett Dev. Chipman Scholarship in Music, and the Alice Maud Fitch Grant Memorial Award in Music.

    She participated in the premier of many new works during her time at Acadia, including pieces by JUNO Award Winning Composer Derek Charke, and up-and-coming composers Lucas Oikle and Liam Elliot. In addition, she played with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra under the baton of famed composer and conductor Dinuk Wijeratne, serving as Principal Second Violin for two years.

    From 2014-2016, she worked as a violin and viola teacher for Halifax All-City Music, a part of the Halifax Regional School Board. She taught at Inglis St. Elementary School, St. Mary's Elementary School, St. Joseph's A. McKay elementary school, and Oxford Elementary School, as well as Oxford Junior High, Citadel High School, and the All-City beginner and advanced viola class.

    Sarah teaches in English.
    https://plamusic.co.uk/videos/

VIOLA

  • Sarah McCabe (Camden, NW1, covers North West London area)

    Sarah McCabe is a violist and violinist originally from Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

    Sarah graduated from Acadia University in 2014 with her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance. While at Acadia, she studied violin under Robert Uchida, current concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and former concertmaster of Symphony Nova Scotia, and Jennifer Jones, Associate Concertmaster of Symphony Nova Scotia. She also studied viola under Laura Veeze and Gillian Smith.

    She was principal violist of the Acadia Chamber Orchestra for four years, and was a featured soloist in March 2014, playing 'Elegy for Viola, String Quartet, and String Orchestra' by Herbert Howells. She was also the violist of the AUSOM String Quartet, which won the honour of playing at the Tom Regan Memorial Concert in 2013, and received coaching from the Award Winning Tokai String Quartet.

    Sarah completed the Guildhall Artists Master Programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2017, where she studied viola with Matthew Jones. She has won many awards and scholarships, including the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra Leadership Award, the Janis and Felicita Kalejs Memorial Award in the Music, the Dr. Leverrett Dev. Chipman Scholarship in Music, and the Alice Maud Fitch Grant Memorial Award in Music.

    She participated in the premier of many new works during her time at Acadia, including pieces by JUNO Award Winning Composer Derek Charke, and up-and-coming composers Lucas Oikle and Liam Elliot. In addition, she played with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra under the baton of famed composer and conductor Dinuk Wijeratne, serving as Principal Second Violin for two years.

    From 2014-2016, she worked as a violin and viola teacher for Halifax All-City Music, a part of the Halifax Regional School Board. She taught at Inglis St. Elementary School, St. Mary's Elementary School, St. Joseph's A. McKay elementary school, and Oxford Elementary School, as well as Oxford Junior High, Citadel High School, and the All-City beginner and advanced viola class.

    Sarah teaches in English.
    https://plamusic.co.uk/videos/

CELLO

  • Lucy Gijsbers (Barbican & South Kensington, N1 & W14, covers Central & West London area)

    New Zealand cellist Lucy Gijsbers graduated in July 2018 with an Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music, London. As an RCM Scholar, she graduated top of her class under the tutelage of Thomas Carroll. She completed her Bachelor of Music in cello and piano performance with first-class Honors in 2014, and in 2015 completed her Master of Musical Arts at the New Zealand School of Music.

    Lucy has performed in venues throughout the UK, New Zealand and Australia. She has participated in masterclasses with Lynn Harrell, Wolfgang Schmidt, Philippe Muller, Natalie Clein, Marko Ylonen, Alisa Weilerstein, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Leonard Elschenbroich, amongst others. Lucy performed in the 2018 Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival, and also the Adelaide International Cello Festival and the Canberra International Music Festival. In September 2015 she was invited to attend the Melbourne Cello Festival, where she performed Ligeti’s Solo Cello Sonata in the Rising Stars Concert.

    Lucy has been concerto soloist with the Tawa Orchestra, Wellington Youth Orchestra and the Michael Monaghan Orchestra in Wellington. A member of Duo Cecilia, the duo won first prize in the New Zealand School of Music Duo Competition in 2015. This year, she was a prizewinner at the RCM Cello Competition.
    She has recently been a contract player with the NZSO and was a member of their 2017 Fellowship Programme.

    Lucy has had years of teaching experience and loves teaching adults and children alike. She tailors her teaching style to suit each pupil's needs, and has had fantastic reviews from her students

    New Zealand cellist Lucy Gijsbers graduated in July 2018 with an Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music, London. As an RCM Scholar, she graduated top of her class under the tutelage of Thomas Carroll. She completed her Bachelor of Music in cello and piano performance with first-class Honors in 2014, and in 2015 completed her Master of Musical Arts at the New Zealand School of Music.

    Lucy has performed in venues throughout the UK, New Zealand and Australia. She has participated in masterclasses with Lynn Harrell, Wolfgang Schmidt, Philippe Muller, Natalie Clein, Marko Ylonen, Alisa Weilerstein, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Leonard Elschenbroich, amongst others. Lucy performed in the 2018 Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival, and also the Adelaide International Cello Festival and the Canberra International Music Festival. In September 2015 she was invited to attend the Melbourne Cello Festival, where she performed Ligeti’s Solo Cello Sonata in the Rising Stars Concert.

    Lucy has been concerto soloist with the Tawa Orchestra, Wellington Youth Orchestra and the Michael Monaghan Orchestra in Wellington. A member of Duo Cecilia, the duo won first prize in the New Zealand School of Music Duo Competition in 2015. This year, she was a prizewinner at the RCM Cello Competition.
    She has recently been a contract player with the NZSO and was a member of their 2017 Fellowship Programme.

    Lucy has had years of teaching experience and loves teaching adults and children alike. She tailors her teaching style to suit each pupil's needs, and has had fantastic reviews from her students.

    Lucy teaches in English.


    https://plamusic.co.uk/videos/
  • Francisco Javier González Navarro (Lambeth, SW8, covers South West London area)

    Francisco Javier González Navarro (1993) - started to receive cello classes from Marina Bellver from the age of 8 years old, studying at the Real Conservatorio de Música y Danza de Albacete, in 2003.

    During this early period of formation, he attended courses with the best teachers and cellist of Spain and start playing with several orchestras, such as OJA, (Albacete Youth Orchestra), JOSC (Castellón Youth Orchestra) and JORCAM (Madrid Youth Orchestra).

    Javier finished in 2012 (a year earlier than the ‘standard’ length) and graduated with the ‘Matrícula de Honor’, gaining the chance to play Haydn’s C major Concerto, as a soloist with the Conservatoire's orchestra. Javier gained a place to study at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla y León, Salamanca, gaining the first cello place at the institution. There he continued his studies with Dr Aldo Mata Payero, with whom he had been learning with since 2010. Javier developed his skills with the cello, playing all kind in special cello repertoire and baroque repertoire. At the same time he attend masterclasses with Jaap ter Linden, Lucia Swarts, Cristine Van der Gotz , Bruno Cocset and Cristophe Coin.

    He improved his chamber music knowledge through classes with Ferenc Rados Alejandro Bustamante, Kennedy Moretti and Alberto Rosado, as well as masterclasses with the Quiroga Quartet, Casals Quartet, Ardeo Quartet and Arborada Trio.

    In 2015 he gained a place to play in the JONDE (National Youth Orchestra of Spain). Last September he was awarded with the prize, “ARTE 16 30”, from Albacete's Townhall. In 2016 he was studying a Master foundation course at Koninklijk Conservatorium with Larissa Groeneveld and Lucia Swarts.

    Currently Javier is studying the postgraduate Advance Instrumental Studies course at the Guildlhall School of Music and Drama with Rebecca Gilliver, cello Principal of London Symphony Orchestra.

    Javier can teach in English and Spanish.
    https://plamusic.co.uk/videos/

FLUTE

  • Kiyoka Ohara (Hamstead, NW6, covers North West London area)

    Flutist Kiyoka Ohara made her Wigmore Hall debut in 2006 and has since been performing regularly across the UK and Japan as a soloist and chamber musician.

    She studied flute at the Royal Academy of Music in London for her Bachelor and Master degrees. Her Principal teachers were William Bennett, Kate Hill, Karen Jones and Patricia Morris (piccolo). She has also participated in master classes given by Lorna McGhee, Ian Clarke, David Takeno (violin) and David Waterman (cello).

    She is now based in London and is in regular demand as a soloist at venues such as Colston Hall in Bristol, Trinity College in London and in many cities across Japan.

    Kiyoka is also a passionate and dedicated teacher. In 2010, William Bennett invited her to be his teaching assistant at the William Bennett International Flute Summer School. She was also invited to the Canadian Flute Convention 2015 where she and her colleague gave a workshop on the flute basics with a flute ensemble recital. In 2016, she was invited to join the Flute Retreat with William Bennett in Japan.

    Kiyoka is a qualified core strengthening instructor and uses her knowledge of this discipline in her teaching. Kiyoka teaches lot of young students. As an instructor she is supportive and friendly but always instills discipline in order for the pupil to achieve their full potential.

    Kiyoka can teach in English, Japanese and Korean.
    https://plamusic.co.uk/videos/

SINGING

  • Tereza Gevorgyan, Soprano (Hanwell & Ealing Broadway, W7, covers West London area)

    Soprano Tereza Gevorgyan was a finalist in the prestigious Ferrier Competition in 2015, and was a member of the National Opera Studio in London in the 2014-15 season, supported by opera North, the Amar-Frances and Foster-Jenkins Trust and Opera Les Azuriales.

    She completed the Royal Academy Opera course at the Royal Academy of Music in 2014, studying with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp, and she completed her Master of Arts at RAM with distinction (with Diane Forlano).

    She performed Frasquita in Carmen (for Royal Opera House) Lauretta in Gianna Schicchi, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera (for Opera North), Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera (for Grange Park Opera), Norina in Don Pasquale (for Gala City of London Sinfonia), Musetta in La Bohème (for Nevil Holt Opera), La Fée in Cendrillon, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, First Witch in Mansfield Park (for the Royal Academy of Music), The Bat/Animal in L’enfant et les sortilèges (for the Barbicam Centre with BBC Symphony Orchestra), Serafina in Il campanello, Serpina in La serva padrona, Fanni in La cambiale di matrimonio (for National Opera Studio in Armendia and the Armenian opera), and Anoush (At the Tabernacle). Other studied and performed repertoire include Elvira in I puritani, Countess Adèle in Le comte Ory, Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann and Miss Wingrave in Owen Wingrave.

    Tereza performed concerts in Carnegie Hall and Chicago Symphony Hall celebrating Georg Solti’s 100th birthday with the World Orchestra for Peace conducted by Valery Gergiev.

    She is the winner of the Rosenblatt Recital prize and the Edith Mary Clarke Cup for best female singer, winner of the Pavarotti Prize, the Les Azuriales Karaviotis Prize, the Thelma King Singers’ Award and the Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Prize.

    Tereza can teach in English, Russian and Armenian.
    https://plamusic.co.uk/videos/
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