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Hourly Fee
Beginner £85.00
Intermediate £85.00
Advanced £85.00
Expert £95.00
Casual £85.00

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Personal Description:

Visiting cello and chamber music professor at Royal College of Music Junior Department since 2015. Assisting cello masterclasses at RECANATI, Italy.
I m dedicated and skilled cello tutor with a great experience as a solo and chamber musician.

Preparation for national and international competitions, scholarships, concerts, orchestral auditions, ABRSM exams.

Performances with: Julian Lloyd Webber, Valentin Erben, Nikola Benedetti.

Masterclasses and lessons: Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalie Clein, Maria Kliegel, Peter Bruns, Johannes Goritzki, Andrew Ball, Dmitri Alexeev, Levon Chilingirian.

Concert halls: Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Wagner Hall, St. James`s Church Piccadilly in London, Culture Hall, President Hall and Moscow Hall in Latvia and Tbilisi State Conservatory in Georgia

Laureate of National and international competitions:
2000 National Competition in Riga, Latvia
2001 2nd International Dotzauer competition in Dresden, Germany
2001 1st International Competition “Gradus ad Parnassum” in Kaunas, Lithuania
2002 National competition “Talent of Latvia”
2002 3rd International Competition “Valsesia-Musica juniors 2002” Varallo, Italy
2004 International K.Davidov competition in Kuldiga, Latvia
2005 3rd International Dotzauer competition in Dresden, Germany
2005 International A.Dombrovski competition in Latvia
2006 International instrumental competition in Kaunas
2006 National Chamber competition (duo with pianist Maija Karklina) Riga
2007 International Brahms competition in Austria
2008 International cello competition in Litz, Austria
2008 Won a Scholarship at Royal College of Music
2011 International Flame competition in France
2012 National competition Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra young musician, England
2012 International Cully Classique Festival in Switzerland. Performance in quintet with Valentin Erben. (Berg quartet)

Tutoring Experience:

I have more than 15 years of teaching experience.

Visiting professor at Royal College of Music Junior Department.
Since 2022 member of stuff at Oxford cello school.

My students are laureates of National and international competitions, music scholarships holders, and active orchestra participants.

2013 Bulgary international competition. 1st prize in cello category and 2nd prize in chamber music. Katarina Khan (cello)
2018 Sutton Music Festival 1st priz,e Larry Jang (Instrumental –Violoncello solo, Grade 6 &7),
2018 Redhill and Reigate Festival – 1st prize Alexander Stevenson cello solo, 2st prize in duo category with Mila Stevenson.
2018 Kingston Upon Thames Festival - Alicia de Silva 1st prize.
2019 National Children Orchestra – Alexander Stevenson.
2019 ProCorda – Alexander Stevenson.
2019 National Youth Orchestra – Euna Oh
2019 Royal College of Music, Junior Department – Euna Oh
2019 Horsham Performers Platform - Larry Jang (Distinction), Charlie Jang (Commended).
2019 Sutton Music Festival – 1st prize Alicia de Silva.
2019 Kingston Upon Thames Festival -Larry Jang 1st prize, Charlie Jang.
2020 North International Music Competition – Larry Jang 2nd prize.
2020 Kingston Upon Thames Festival – 1st Prize in Grade 1 category and
1st prize in beginner class for Ray-Chinh .
2020 Sutton Music Festival – Distinction performance, Grade 2 and 3 class, Katherine Ajaz.
2020 Sutton Music Festival – 2nd place an outstanding performance Own choice class, Katherine Ajaz.
2021 London Young Musician season 3, grade 1 Gold prize for Ray-Chinh.
2021 London Young Musician annual championship under 9 Silver prize Ray-Chinh.
2021 Royal Academy of Music, Junior Department – Oregon Thia Gerrits.
2021 Royal College of Music, Junior Department – Larry Yang
2021 Putney High School Music Festival under 9, 2nd prize Ray-Chinh.
2022 Successfully applied for Royal College of Music: Charlie Yang, Ray-Chinh, Katherine Ajaz.

100% success record for ABRSM exam grades 1-8, as well as successfully preparation for competitions and performances.

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Tutoring Approach:

I do focus on individual needs of my pupils to ensure good progress from lesson to lesson, developing a strong technique.
We work on tone, musicality, memorisation skills, knowledge of theory, good attitude to practice and learning how to be independent and practice without teacher between lessons.

For pupils aged 4-9, I advise arranging two 30-45min lessons per week depending on concentration abilities.

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


  • Royal College of Music (2014) - Master of Performance (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • Royal College of Music (2008) - BMUS (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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