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Instruments Taught

Trumpet

Hourly Fee
Beginner £35.00
Intermediate £35.00
Advanced £35.00
Expert £35.00
Casual £35.00

Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £35.00
Intermediate £35.00
Advanced £35.00
Expert £35.00
Casual £35.00

Composition

Hourly Fee
Beginner £35.00
Intermediate £35.00
Advanced £35.00
Expert £35.00
Casual £35.00

Cornet

Hourly Fee
Beginner £35.00
Intermediate £35.00
Advanced £35.00
Expert £35.00
Casual £35.00

Conducting

Hourly Fee
Beginner £35.00
Intermediate £35.00
Advanced £35.00
Expert £35.00
Casual £35.00

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Personal Description:

*ONLINE AND IN-PERSON TEACHING*
Currently at the Royal College of Music, Graduate of The University of Edinburgh, I am a freelance teacher, trumpeter, conductor, composer, and pianist based in London.

As trumpeter, I am a prizewinner at national competitions, have participated in international festivals and recorded CDs. Trumpet performance was central to my First class degree at the University of Edinburgh. Over the years, I have performed with over twenty orchestras in Scotland, England, the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and Poland. My performances took me to a number of international venues including Edinburgh's Usher Hall, Dundee’s Caird Hall and Perth Concert Hall.

As pianist, I have given concerts in a number of countries, including Germany's Carl Orff Hall in Munich. Among others, I have studied with Anne Gardner (concert pianist who is in line of teachers leading back to Beethoven). As a keyboard artist, I also work with singers, choirs (e.g. have worked with NYCoS Midlothian, EUMS Chorus), and play for opera. Piano performance was a core part of my First class degree at The University of Edinburgh.

As conductor, I have worked on over 150 works internationally and have lead multiple ensembles as music director. These include Edinburgh University Music Society (EUMS) Sinfonia, Unison Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Coats Memorial Choral Society, InChorus, Edinburgh University Brass Band and others. I was also principal guest conductor with the opera company VoiceArc, fellowship conductor with Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, and assistant conductor to three opera productions with Berlin Opera Academy. I was also assistant conductor for Wagner's Das Rheingold at a Berlin production in August 2019. Most recently, I have been assistant conductor with RCM Symphony Orchestra and RCM Philharmonic. To the present day, I have been given several prizes and bursaries for conducting, most recently the Roderick Brydon memorial award.

As composer, I was a finalist in the Maurice Ravel International Composition Competition with my work Reverie for Solo Trumpet. With EUBB, I premiered and CD recorded my A Balkanic Eruption alongside other works. My work Pitch Black has been premiered at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Interconnect event. Moreover, I am an avid supporter of other people’s new music and have been extensively involved in organising and conducting composition competitions for EUBB and EUSO.

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Tutoring Experience:

'Ondrej is excellent at setting the right goal posts for your level: challenging, but not so challenging as to be discouraging. He has a discerning eye and ear and knows how to direct his advice to see immediate results.' - Lauren (student)

'Ondrej is friendly, accommodating and very knowledgeable. He has a teaching style that is encouraging and supportive, and I am very confident that with his help I will become a better musician' - Tony (student)

'I found Ondrej to be a patient, knowledgeable and friendly teacher. As a complete beginner, I found Ondrej's approach fun and productive. Ondrej adapted the lessons to approach topics that I was struggling with and provided me with a good mix of practical and theory tuition. Ondrej is a really nice guy, I would definitely recommend him to others!' - Harry (student)

I have experience teaching a variety of ages (5-60), and abilities (beginner to advanced) in individual and group lessons. Regarding graded music exams, students have a choice to study with me for graded exams on Trumpet, Piano, and Music theory. Also, I prepare students for GCSEs, A levels, Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers, and IB exams through one to one or group lessons. During the lessons, I can accompany my students on piano. I also have links with many pianists who can accompany them in performances and exams.

My broad experience enables me to cater to each student individually. This experience comes from having studied with some of the top players, conductors, composers and musicians in the industry (see Biography). This means I can offer a range of approaches to technique and teaching itself based on the needs of my students.

Tutoring Approach:

In my lessons, I make sure there is a good balance between variety and in-depth study. I also take particular care to adapt a lesson to a particular student on a particular day. In general, a part of the lesson will be dedicated to technique and another part to studying and interpreting a work. I encourage students to suggest works they themselves want to study but I do also recommend works. In preparation for GCSEs, A levels, Scottish Highers and other school exams, we focus on whatever the student needs help with most, while regularly revisiting other areas.

*For trumpeters* (and brass players): In the first part of a lesson, there could be breathing exercises, tonguing, slurring etc. Later in a lesson, we would look at a solo work, an orchestral part or even play Star Wars with a CD!

*For pianists*: The lessons put emphasis on improving technique, musicality, expression, sound, performance etiquette and other factors to a good performance. I also encourage students to prepare piano duets with me, since playing with other people makes progress easy and is very fun!

*For conductors*: The first part could involve baton technique, posture, a range of expressions depending on the music etc.; and approaching specific problems in traditional repertoire in the second part or working on music the student wants to study.
Furthermore, there is a possibility of organising sessions with players so that the student gets to conduct what they prepared in lessons. For further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Availability & Spaces
I am flexible with lesson times and spaces. I am happy to travel to teach, however, there may be an additional charge to reflect travel costs and time. Nevertheless, I am very open about discussing options and teaching on weekends is not a problem for me.

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Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: Czech, French, German, Russian
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • Royal College of Music (2021) - Master in Performance (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
  • The University of Edinburgh (2018) - Music BMus First Class (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
  • Ryde School (2014) - International Baccalaureate (School) (✘ Not On File)
  • British Council (2013) - IELTS 8.0 (C2) (Other) (✘ Not On File)

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