Information About Stathis - Manchester teacher - (11 reviews)
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Efstathios (Stathis) was born in 1993, and began his piano studies at the age of 5. He holds two Bachelor degrees in Music and Piano Performance from the American College of Greece and the Open University of UK with Summa cum Laude, having received a full tuition scholarship (H. C. Krentzman) with Prof. Dimitri Toufexis. The American College of Greece also awarded him a prize from the music department in a special ceremony for his outstanding performance. In addition, he holds a Master in Music (MMus) in Piano Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), holding a full tuition scholarship from the prestigious Onassis Foundation of Greece, with Prof. Frank Wibaut. Recently, he graduated with Postgraduate Diploma in Piano at RNCM with Prof. Wibaut.
His awards include the 1st prize in the 2nd UNESCO Pan-Hellenic Competition, 1st prize in the X.O.N. Competition of Athens, 2nd prize in the 1st ‘State Conservatory of Larissa’ Competition and 3rd prize in the 1st ‘Thessaloniki Piano Festival’ Competition. His repertoire consist of works by Bach and Scarlatti to contemporary works of Lowell Liebermann, Carl Vine and Greek contemporary composers. In addition, his repertoire includes numerous piano concerti, and he has appeared several times as a soloist with orchestras. Notable performances were with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (E.R.T.), Thessaloniki State Conservatory Orchestra, Anagennisi Conservatory’s Orchestra, and the Ioanna Sygkelaki Conservatory’s Orchestra.
Stathis has participated in numerous masterclasses and academies such as the 5th International Piano Academy of Poros 2013, the Val Tidone International Music Summer Camp (with Prof. A. Delle Vigne) and the Mozarteum Summer Academy 2018 (Prof. Wibaut). In addition, he participated at the 1st and 2nd Annual Student Research and Creative Arts Symposiums held in 2015 and 2016 organized by the American College of Greece; moreover, the Un Voyage des Impressions Chamber Music Festival held on RNCM. Tutelage has been received from J. E. Bavouzet, A. Delle Vigne, K. Stott, B. Frith, V. Viardo, D. Blumenthal, R. Hayroudinoff, P. Cassard, Y. Bogdanov, T. Ostrovskis , A. Kapelis, A. Leimoni, I. Petrin, D. Petralia, R. Boldorini, Y. Admony.
His education includes a Piano Degree with Honors and Distinction from the Anagennisi (Renaissance) Conservatory with tutor Eleni Kokolaki, a Piano Diploma and First Prize with the highest grade that the Conservatory has ever awarded with Prof. Dimitri Toufexis, and a Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue-Orchestration Diploma with honors with Prof. Fotios Pappas and G. Malefakis. Stathis has also studied orchestral conducting with Miltos Logiadis in Athens and Prof. Mark Heron in RNCM, and in the September of 2015, he was offered the position of the principal conductor of the Anagennisi (Renaissance) Conservatory Orchestra. In addition, he has studied composition with Prof. Adam Gorb at the RNCM and currently studies with Dimitri Economou; his original piano sonata has been premiered in the Royal College of Music.
2016-2019: Private piano and music theory lessons in Manchester.
2015-2016: Conductor of the Anagennisi Conservatory Orchestra (Athens)
2011-2016: Private piano lessons to students from beginners to advanced students in Athens
2011-2016: Piano and Theory tutor to "Anagennisi" (Renaisance) Conservatory In Athens
2013-2015: Assistant and accompanist to the American College of Greece
Each level and age of the students require a different approach to music teaching. In the young students, I prefer to teach them for 3-4 lessons how to understand basic elements of music before proceed to the instrument. It is similar to how children develop their cognitive skills; they learn to talk the language and then, they start learning how to write it. Therefore, pedagogically, I believe that the student must come gradually to the instrument. However, since the first lesson I introduce the children to the instrument in order to understand how it works, but at the same time- as children are curious by their nature- to start wanting to play the music. Balance is very important to the children and pushing them to the right direction is a serious work and must be done with tactful way. The teacher has to be not only an instructor but mostly a pedagogue.
The older students can be introduced immediately to the instrument as they can understand easier the basics and can at the same time incorporate them to the instrument. The most advanced students need guidance to incorporate their musicality to the musical pieces as well as develop their technique as better as possible in order to succed performing the difficult pieces that require extended technical skills.
Each student, regardless of age or level, needs specific approach as each one is a different human being with different characteristics, skills and issues that the teacher needs to solve. In my opinion, it is absolutely wrong for me as a teacher to instruct my students with the same way; instead, I must always find what my students need, and what and how I need to teach them. It is not only a challenge but also a way to improve myself as a teacher, performer and artist.
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Additional Languages: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Royal Northern College of Music (2018) - MMus in Performance (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Anagennisi” Conservatory (2016) - Harmony, Counterpoint and Advanced Music Theory Diploma-Fugue (Other) (✔ On File)
- Deree-The American College of Greece/ Open University of UK (2016) - BA in Music/ BA in Music Performance (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Anagennisi” (Renaissance) Conservatory (2011) - Piano Diploma (Other) (✔ On File)
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I have a weak music background and I used to think that to learn piano is just to learn how to put the notes onto the keyboard. But Stathis has taught me not only how to play notes, but most importantly how to turn them into something musical. He is also able to find the learning approach that suits me.
Stathis is friendly and easy going, I find it very comfortable to learn with him. Will continue to learn with him during the rest of 4 months in Manchester
Would highly recommend to anyone considering lessons.