Information About Justyna - Edinburgh teacher
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My music experience goes beyond the classical repertoire, in which I holds a Masters Degree from RNCM, taught by Peter Dixon (Principal Cello, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra). Since my appearance at the Lucerne Festival Academy in 2014, where my focus was on contemporary music (working with Sir Simon Rattle, Barbara Hannighan, Matthias Pintcher) I went on to study privately with Paris’ Ensemble Intercontemporain cellist - Eric-Maria Couturier. My journey with Lucerne Festival led to ongoing performances as part of Lucerne Festival Alumni, which I thoroughly enjoys. I'm delighted to have released her debut album -Karmana - with guitarist Simon Thacker, which presents Thacker’s diverse works for cello and guitar, funded by Creative Scotland.
Together with Simon Thacker and Masha Natanson, we succeeded in being part of the prestigious Made in Scotland showcase at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival with remarkable Songs of the Roma programme, which also was supported generously by Creative Scotland.
Before doing my Master's Degree in Manchester, I completed a first class BMus(Hons) degree at Edinburgh Napier University with the Edinburgh Quartet’s Mark Bailey in 2010. I also furthered my studies privately with Hannah Roberts.
In August 2015 I returned to the Lucerne Festival Academy, where I was performing alongside the members of the Ensemble Intercomtemporain, conductor Matthias Pintcher and violinist Isabelle Faust.
In 2014 I premiered Simon Thacker's new large scale guitar and cello duo Karmana at the Sound Festival in Aberdeen and will be touring it throughout 2014, before recording it for release in 2016, which was generously sponsored by Creative Scotland.
I am PVG registered.
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I gained my first experience in teaching cello as a music school graduate after receiving pedagogical training tailored especially for an instrumental instructor. Since then, I have been teaching privately, for Edinburgh Instrumental Music Service, Fettes College and Merchiston Castle School.
My students always succeed in ABRSM, Trinity, SQA and GCSE exams.
Lessons take place in my New Town flat, where I provide my pupils with piano accompaniment.
I draw on my 22 years of studying the cello with some of Europe and Britain’s top performers to enable my students to overcome technical obstacles to mastering their instrument, unlock creativity, and ignite musical passion.
My approach is grounded in the traditional methods that I learned at Europe’s leading musical academies (such as sight reading, correct body posture and bowing technique). I also tailor my approach to each child. I seek out ways to instil good practice habits that suit each student whilst making the study of the cello into a musical journey that fosters self-confidence, musical appreciation, and even cognitive development.
To that end I’ve designed my own instruction book as I found existing ones not challenging enough, underestimating children's potential.
What I most love about teaching is to accompany students through their journey towards self-confidence and musical self-expression.
Instruction will enable them to excel at ABRSM and Trinity graded exams, SQA and GCSE (which I prepare for at Fettes College and Merchiston Castle School) exams, but also give opportunities to develop their musicality and prepare them for performance beyond what is offered in schools. I perform regularly at prestigious concert halls in Europe and beyond – from the Hindu November Festival in India to the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland to the Edinburgh Festival. I draw on my professional experience to expose students to both the classical repertoire as well as some of the most exciting new classical and intercultural music being composed today.
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- Royal Northern College of Music (2011) - MMus (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- Edinburgh Napier University (2010) - BMus(Hons) (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)