Our teaching staff is comprised of highly skilled professionals with years of experience in teaching. You can read about each of them and learn more about their background and experience, their area of expertise and teaching methods.

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Caterina Bevegni

Teacher in: Harp
Languages of teaching: English, Italian & Spanish

Born in Genova, Italy in 1991, Caterina Bevegni is a harp player, harp teacher, leader/facilitatorand a founding member of The Odd7 Collective as well as Production Leader of Ciconia Consort, a string orchestra based in Den Haag. Caterina earned her “Classical Harp” Bachelors Diploma in 2014 at “Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini” where she was  awarded with the European scholarship “Leonardo” for the project “WWM-Working With Music”, a prize granted by the European Commission, which allowed her to complete a six-month Internship at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag (NL) in the harp class of Ernestine Stoop with Methodology for Music Education under Julia Stegeman. Due to the vibrant and stimultating environment, Caterina decided to stay in Den Haag, gaining acceptance into the “NAIP – New Audiences & Innovative Practice” European Masters Program, in September 2015. As harp performer, Caterina is an open-minded and curious player, cultivated by her many years experience of Contemporary Music repertoire – focusing on improvisation, live-electronics performances, collaborations with composers and experimentation of all possibilities on her chosen instrument. She has performed as part of the NOOS Ensemble (Italy), PYO-Palestine Youth Orchestra (Italy, Palestine, Jordan), GEO-Galata Electroacustic Orchestra (Italy), Jeune Orchestre International de Montecarlo and DUO Flauto & Arpa (Italy). Caterina has been trained to lead and teach different kinds of groups, from children to teenagers as well as people with dementia and vulnerable groups. In 2017, she worked in the Artistic Production of an intensive training-program for teachers of El Sistema Greece in Athens (supported by Impact Hub Athens) analysing and developing the organization of music lessons for children in refugee camps in the area surrounding Athens. Caterina is now collaborating with vibraphone player Fernan Mejuto Vazquez on the realisation of their original music workshop format “Around the world”, addressed to children and kids from different parts of the world but living in NL based upon their shared philosophy of working through Creative Music Making and Collaborative Composition Processes applied to any kind of group and community.

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Alice Boccafogli

Teacher in: Recorder, Early Childhood, Music Preparation Class, Singing
Languages of teaching: English, Italian, French

Recorder player and soprano Alice Boccafogli was born in Bologna, Italy, in 1983. Ms Boccafogli studied flute at the “G. B. Martini” Conservatorio in Bologna under Giorgio Zagnoni. She also studied recorder at the same institute with Giorgio Pacchioni and Daniele Salvatore. She graduated summa cum laude in March 2008. Alice specialises in both Contemporary & Early repertiore, working with the Prime Project in Lausanne (Switzerland), Antonio Politano, Siderum Pulvis Ensemble, Daniël Brüggen. Consort Mirabile (Founding Member), Soledad Brondino, Kevin Kim and Lisa Kortleitner. As recorder player she has taken part in many master classes with Daniël Brüggen, Lorenzo Cavasanti, Peter van Heygen, Sebastian Marq, John Tyson, Reine-Marie Verhagen and Dorothea Winter. She also performs as a vocalist. Ms Boccafogli has performed with many Italian Baroque ensembles, such as Bal’danza, Charivari and the Coro da Camera di Bologna. With the latter, Ms Boccafogli released two recordings: “Alleluja, Nativitas” in 2006, and “Terzo libro de’ madrigali a cinque voci di Camillo Cortellini” in 2009 (both with Tactus Records). Ms Boccafogli earlier trained as a professional vocalist under Michele Andalò and Kelly McClendon. Alice presently furthers her studies with Daniël Brüggen, and singing with baritone Vitali Rozynko and mezzo Elisa Fortunati. In June 2014, she graduated as Master in Music Pedagogy at the Royal Conservatiore in the Hague, with methodologies in Recorder and the Kodály method. As a specialist in the field, Alice teaches both the Early Childhood and Music Preparatory class for children 4-7 years at the Virtuosi School of Music in The Hague & Leiden. She is also available for group and individual instrumental lessons.

Alice Boccafogli – Solfege / Early Childhood / Music Preparation Class / Recorder / Singing

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Mariano Boglioli

Teacher in: Piano, Harpsichord, Organ
Languages of teaching: English, Dutch & Spanish

Mariano Boglioli is a harpsichord player, piano player and choir conductor based in The Netherlands. Born in Argentina, he began his musical education studying organ and piano with Marisa Gianni and Norma Scarafía respectively. He continued at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario (piano with Gabriel Scampino and choir conducting), Universidad Nacional de La Plata (choir and orchestra conducting) and Conservatorio Manuel de Falla (harpsichord), being part of the first generation of students at the first early music department in Latin America. His teachers there were Jorge Lavista (harpsichord) and Federico Ciancio (basso continuo). He moved to the Netherlands in 2012, where he finished his Master studies in harpsichord under the guide of Jacques Ogg and Patrick Ayrton. He participated actively in Master Classes by Luca Guglielmi, Dirk Boerner, Christophe Rousset, Kris Verhelst, Jordi Savall, Menno van Delft and Philippe Pierlot, among others. As a pianist he was member of the Orquesta Juvenil de la Universidad Nacional de Rosario, with which he performed in the most important theatres of Argentina (Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Teatro el Círculo from Rosario, etc). He also performed as a soloist with the Orquesta de Cámara Municipal de Rosario. Later he became the harpsichord and organ player of the Coro y Orquesta de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, performing mostly baroque opera and oratorio. He also was part of some chamber groups, and he created the Ensemble Fiori Musicali, which he conducted from the keyboard. He has been part of renowned ensembles such as La Compañía de las Luces (Buenos Aires), conducted by Marcelo Birman, specialized in baroque opera, including the recording of two CDs (David et Jonatas by M.A. Charpentier and Hipolyte et Aricie by J.P. Rameau). As a guest musician he performed several times with La Barroca del Suquía, baroque orchestra conducted by the violinist Manfredo Kraemer, either in orchestral projects as well as in chamber music concerts. He also participated in projects lead by Juan Manuel Quintana and Gabriel Garrido. He was invited to perform both as a soloist and as a chamber music player by the International Bach Festival of Gran Canaria (IBF), performing different programs with soloists and members of the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (Amsterdam), and members of the IBF Orchestra. He also collaborated with the ensemble Musica Temprana (The Netherlands), Orquesta Sinfónica de Rosario (Argentina), Orquesta Sinfónica de Córdoba (Argentina), Ensemble De Profundis (Uruguay), and many more. He was hired by the Conservatorio Manuel de Falla from Buenos Aires to work as co-repetitor for the singing lessons of Beatriz Moruja, position he kept until he moved to the Netherlands in 2012. He is regularly invited by the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag to accompany master classes and auditions. He co-founded the ensemble Radio Antiqua (The Netherlands), winners of the first prize in the Göttingen Chamber Music Competition (Germany, 2014) and selected for the emerging program of the Festival d ́Ambronay (France), being main members of the Academie Baroque d ́Ambronay 2015, conducted by Enrico Onofri. He was also part of the Ensemble Le Voci delle Grazie, also selected for the above mentioned program. He also co-founded the ensembles L ́Armée des Amoureux and the ensemble La Pantomime. With these and other ensembles he has performed in the following festivals: Pavia Barocca and Grandezze e Meraviglie (Italy), Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik (Austria), Göttingen International Haendel Festival (Gemany), Utrecht Early Music Festival and Grachten Festival (The Netherlands), Vivat Curlandia (Latvia), Música por los Caminos del Vino and Festival Camino de las Estancias (Argentina), Festival d ́Ambronay (France), Seviqc Brežice Festival (Slovenia), among others. He is also an enthusiastic teacher with more than 15 years of experience. He has taught piano to students from age 5 to 80 years old. Lately he imparted instrumental lessons in several schools in Den Haag (De La Reyschool, Eloutschool, The European School of The Hague), and works for the Kunst Onderwijs Organizatie in Den Haag.

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Earl Christy

Teacher in: Guitar & Lute
Languages of teaching: English & Italian

Earl Christy is an American lutenist and guitarist whose activities include performing, teaching and composition. He received his Batchelor’s (2000) and Master’s (2002) degrees from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag and his Post-Graduate degree (2007) from the Scuole Civiche in Milano, Italy. Earl has taught guitarists of all ages and levels for many years and has experience with teaching diverse styles of music (from blues to classical and rock to country ). His teaching methods place an emphasis on using the students own musical interest to develop their abilities and keep them active and invested in their musical progress.  As a performer he is active throughout Europe in both solo and chamber music settings and has recorded and released “Neue Lautenfruchte”, a CD of his own compositions. As a teacher he has been invited to give masterclasses and lectures (Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Michigan, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb Illinois, German Lute Society, Gronau Germany, Conservatorio di Musica “Nicolini”, Piacenza Italy ) and has given private instruction in Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and Poland. Earl is an active researcher whose articles and musical editions have been published by important musicological organizations. Since 2009 Earl resides in Den Haag and is in demand as both a teacher and performer.

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Alessandra Di Gennaro

Teacher in: Piano
Languages of teaching: Italian, Spanish, English

Alessandra was born in L’Aquila (Italy) in 1994 and started early to study piano under the guidance of his father. In 2005 she joined the class of M° Elena Matteucci at the Conservatory of Music “Alfredo Casella” in L’ Aquila, where at the age of twenty she obtained her master degree with full marks “cum laude”. She has won the First Absolute Prize in several National Piano Competitions, such as the ” National Competition of the Adriatic” (2008) and the ” Magliano Sabina National Competition” (2009). She took part of master classes held by internationally famous pianists: Kostantin  Bogino, Boris Petrushansky, Franco  Medori, Laura Pietrocini, Daniel  Buranovsky, Ida Cernekà and Frantisek Pergler (from “Bratislava Academy of performing Arts”), Fausto Di Cesare, Ruta Riktere  (from “Lithuanian Academy  of  Music and Theatre”  in  Vilnius- Lithuania) and others. She also gave concerts as soloist or in chamber music ensembles for many Institutions and Musical Associations, having the opportunity to perform in important concert halls and theaters in Italy such as the “Sala Casella” of Roman Philharmonic Academy in Rome, the Auditorium of “Accademia musicale Praeneste” in Rome, , the “Auditorium del Parco” in L’Aquila,  the “Castello Orsini” Auditorium in L’Aquila, the Auditorium “Diocleziano” in Lanciano, the ” Manlio” Theater in Rome and the “Auditorium  Gaber” in Milan. After the devastating earthquake of April 2009, she gave numerous concerts in favour of  L’Aquila’s reconstruction, and she also performed during the inauguration  of the new Conservatory’s building at the presence of M° Riccardo Muti. In September 2012, she played as soloist the Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra K 365 by W.A. Mozart with the “Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese”. In 2014 she won a scholarship for joining the Erasmus program at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, where she is currently studying under the guidance of Ellen Corver. During her experience in the Nederlands Alessandra had the great opportunity to collaborate with musicians from all over the world, performing with “Asko Schönberg” ensemble, joining masterclasses taught by David Kuyken, Kalman Drafi, Ronald Brautigam, and playing in important concert halls in Den Haag such as the “Grote zaal” and the “Arnold schönbergzaal” of the Royal Conservatory.

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Yiannis Giagourtas

Teacher in: Guitar
Languages of teaching: English & Greek

Yiannis studied guitar in Greece, Italy, Ireland and The Netherlands at the Athenaeum Conservatory, Academia Chigiana,  DIT College of Music and Drama, Royal Conservatory of The Hague next to D. Svintridis, E. Assimakopoulos, O. Ghiglia, John Feeley and Z. Dukic. He has taken part in master classes with R. Dyens, D. Russell, V. Mikulka, G. Ryan, C. Marchione, N. Koshkin, R. Gallen, A. York, M. Masters, A. Swete and Sir R. R. Bennett. Yiannis regularly performs both solo and chamber music recitals and gives master classes and lectures throughout Europe. His most recent Tour dates have taken him to Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Serbia, Cyprus, Republic of Ireland, Austria and Greece. He has performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Public Conservatory of Thessaloniki. In 2002 he was awarded with the First Prize in the National Competition of Veroia, dedicated to Dimitri Fampas. In 2010, he won First Prize in the International Music Competition of the Faculty of Applied Arts in Dublin, a competition open to all instrumentalists. During the same year, Yiannis was a finalist in the International Guitar Competition in Berlin and in the Second World Guitar Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia. In 2012, the prolific Greek composer, Theodore Antoniou, composed his second concerto for guitar and string quintet or Orchestra especially for Yiannis. The world premiere was held with Yiannis as a soloist at the chamber music festival organized by the Royal Conservatory of the Hague in 2013. Yiannis is based in The Hague and teaches guitar at the Virtuosi School of Music of the Hague. For more information about Yiannis as both a performer and teacher please visit: http://www.yiannisgiagourtas.com

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Mischulaikah Grune

Teacher in: Vocal Performance / Songwriting
Languages of teaching: Dutch & English

Born in the Netherlands of Caribbean parents (her mother from St Maarten & father Suriname), Jazz & Soul singer-songwriter Mischa Laikah released her debut album “Life. Music. Love” in 2012. Hardened by her upbringing between cultures, she previously pursued medicine before relenting to her life-long passion and entering the music industry in 2008. She has shared the stage with acts including Perfect, Eroz Ramazzotti, Mojo Morgan, Kindred the Family Soul, Orange Grove, and many more. Also an entertainer, she co-hosts the talk show ‘Girls ‘N Cocktails’, which explores contemporary issues impacting young women from fresh cultural perspectives. Describing herself as a ‘cheerful’ but ‘driven’ vocal coach, Mischu takes her pupil’s interests to heart to develop their interests, in their best interests, with meticulous care and attention – imparting her ‘tough cookie’ mentality when taking to the stage. In addition to training aspiring performance artists at Virtuosi, Mischu runs performance and master classes for all ages, including her own ‘Glee Club’ and ‘Pop Choir’. She joins the Virtuosi family as a welcome addition to our expanded curriculum, offering group and individual training by special appointment only.

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Trevor Howe

Teacher in: Guitar, Lute, Rock Band & Music Theory
Languages of teaching: English & Dutch

Trevor Howe studied classical guitar with Bernhard Bielowski and John Della-Torre, then subsequently lute, archlute and theorbo with Tim Kersten in South Australia before he came to The Royal Conservatiore in The Hague as a lute student of Nigel North and Mike Fentross in 2005. Trevor has recorded with the early music ensemble Nova Hollandia, and is director of Virtuosi NL. Trevor’s musical interests are varied, and while specialising in the solo repertiore of Weiss and Bach, he also recorded with the heavy metal band Hegemon alongside his classical studies, as well as performing on the local cover circuit with South Australian good-time house band Spiny Norman (lead guitar). He worked closely with Virtuosi founder Tom Penn-Davies (AUS) from the school’s inception in Queensland in 2005. Tom has previously recognised Trevor’s dedication, and generously provides the logistics in support of Virtuosi NL: “Trevor’s unique teaching methods enable students to develop a strong technical ability and an appreciation and understanding of music across a variety of styles.  I was consistently impressed by Trevor’s attitude towards his work and I frequently received positive feedback from his many students. Trevor’s dedication to his work and the school contributed greatly to the increase in students we experienced… I recommend Trevor without reservation for any position or endeavor that he may seek to pursue. Trevor is organized, reliable, extremely competent, and has an excellent rapport with people of all ages. He is a valuable asset.” Trevor teaches classical and electric guitar to young and old, as well as coaching rock bands and ensembles for our biannual concert series. He has previously worked as a chef and high school teacher (with qualification to teach Music, Politics and Philosophy), and aims to help pupils infuse & develop their own sense of self-discipline around thier own interests and idiom to organise, coordinate and execute the work needed to achieve their personal musical goals.

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David MacGregor

Teacher in: Guitar
Languages of teaching: English

David MacGregor teaches Guitar at the Virtuosi School of music from beginner to advanced levels and has over 16 years of experience teaching his instrument. He is also a touring World Jazz Guitarist, Composer, Recording Artist and Music Educator.  Originally from Scotland, David now spends most of his time travelling around the world performing solo concerts and collaborating with world-renowned musicians as well as giving Master Classes, Workshops.  Although David is mainly known as a ‘Fingerstyle’ Jazz player, over the last 20 + years throughout his career, he has played many different styles of music including Rock and Heavy Metal, Blues, Folk, Traditional Scottish Music, Reggie, Country, Pop and even a little Classical. His approach is to find out what inspires you and to guide you on a fun yet efficient path to get the most out of your lessons.  As well as teaching guitar, David can also offer aspiring professional musicians advise on working within the music industry; help you with your compositions, arranging and music theory, as well as advise on how to put together a great live performance.  For more information about David you can visit his website: http://www.world-jazz-guitar.com

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Magdalena Morales

Teacher in: Cello & Piano
Languages of teaching: Spanish, English, German

Magdalena Morales was born into a family of musicians and teachers, experiencing music as a companion since birth; “My development as a music teacher has always been guided by a personal belief that everyone deserves the chance to receive a quality education. Whether one becomes a professional musician or not, I am always committed with the responsibility as a teacher on guiding the path of my students the best the situation allows…” Magdalena’s focus is directed toward awakening the motivation and self-confidence of her students, applying the various pedagogical tools for an efficient and exciting learning experience.  Her many years of training and experience give her many tools to apply during lessons, adapting to each individual student’s specific learning style and needs. This sees her sit naturally at home amid the Virtuosi family of teachers. “Perseverant, charismatic and passionate would be three things that describe myself well. Thanks to these qualities, I am able to connect easily with people and students who are eager to find out the profound world behind music learning.” Magdalena is a graduate from el Centro Universitario de Estudios Musicales in Querétaro México, and Currently follows the Master in Music Education program at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague in The Netherlands.

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Laura Motta

Teacher in: Piano, Harpsichord, Fortepiano
Languages of teaching: English, Italian

Laura Motta began her piano studies at the age of 7, following on at the Conservatory “G.Nicolini” in Piacenza where she graduated in piano under the supervision of Cristina Frosini. After her initial piano degree she choose to study the harpsichord in order to explore and discover baroque to expand her historically informed knowledge of this particular repertiore. She attended both a Bachelor and Master (cum laude) at the Conservatory “G.Verdi” of Milano under the supervision of Laura Bertani, Maria Cecilia Farina and Giovanni Togni where she additionally attended several masterclass with Emilia Fadini, Christophe Rousset, Pietr Jan Belder and Francesco Corti. After her graduation in Italy, she decided to improve her musical skills by enrolling as a student in the Bachelor programme at The Koninklijk Conservatorium of The Hague, where she’s currently studying with Fabio Bonizzoni and Patrick Ayrton. Laura is also studying fortepiano under the supervision of Bart van Oort and Petra Somlai as part of her minor degree. Laura joins Virtuosi as a piano teacher since 2017, and is happy to share her knowledge with pupils of all ages from beginner to advanced.

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Etelka Nagy

Teacher in: Flute
Languages of teaching: English, Italian & Hungarian

Hungarian flute player, Etelka Roza Nagy was born in 1988 in Budapest. She started playing the flute at the age of eight. Her first teacher was Maria Herczegh. She participated in both chamber music and solo flute playing competitions throughout her training, winning first prize at the The Bantai Vilmos Flute Competition. At the age of thirteen, she was admitted to the Egressy Beni Conservatory in Budapest, where she studied for four years with professor Gyula Csetenyi. From 2004 she played Budapest’s Vig theater as a chamber musician. During that period she had the opportunity to play in both chamber & symphonic orchestras. In 2005, aged seventeen, she was admitted to the University of Miskolc, in the Bartok Bela Institute of Music. There she studied with Eszter Illes. Here she was selected as soloist to play in concert with the university’s orchestra, conducted by the Chilean conductor, Santiago Meza. Through this she received an invitation to tour as a soloist in Chile with the in-house orchestra of the Andres Bello University. Between 2005 and 2010, years was given the opportunity to play with the Symphonic Orchestra of Eger, and participated in the annual Summer course of Conducting, in Pomaz. In this period she also and became associated with the Presto chamber orchestra. She appeared regularly with the symphonic orchestra of the National Theater of Miskolc, with whom she played operatic works including Madama Butterfy & The Barber of Sevilla.  Since 2006 she has taught students from children to adult, and from 2009 children from 7 to 17 years old in the Music School of Pecel. In 2010 she won first prize in the National Flute Competition for University students (Hungary), the same year graduating as a flute teacher and a chamber music player. Here she learned in depth about teaching methodologies, in both practical and theoretical terms, including the Kodaly and the Kovacs method. In 2011 she started her master studies in the F. A. Bonporti Conservatory, in Trento, Italy, with professor Emilio Galante. She studied modern, and contemporary music for flute. She here had the opportunity to learn electronic music as well. During her years in Italy she participated in several competitions as a soloist, (she won one first and one second prize in the AudiMozart! Competition in Rovereto) and with one of her classmates as a flute duet won prizes in national and international competitions across Italy in Florence, Lamporecchio and Torino). In 2012 and 2013 she attended chamber music courses in Verona with Andrea Dindo. She has participated in masterclasses by flautists including Zoltan Gyongyossy, James Galway, Robert Dick, Leon Berendse, Hansgeorg Schmeiser. She graduated in Italy in 2014 & came to the Netherlands to study at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Thies Roorda. Here her focus has been on contemporary music. Etelka has more than 20 years experience on flute, and enjoys sharing her knowledge with pupils from beginner to advanced, across all ages:

“… I always loved to teach. Sharing the knowledge which I have, and figuring out what can be achieved when we think together about music. As an instrumental teacher I have the chance, and the responsbility to show students how can they let their feelings and thoughts flow through music with a secure technical background. I am very open minded and very interested in people. I try to keep my eyes as open as I can, and listen to people’s stories. I believe that the only way of building a peaceful world is to learn every day from everyone who crosses your road in life, and to achieve happiness without harming others.”

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Sofia Isabel Pastor de Frutos

Teacher in: Violin & Viola
Languages of teaching: English & Spanish

Sofía Isabel Pastor (La Rioja, 1984). She began her violin studies with Joan Lluís Jordá at the age of eight. Later on she continued with Anna Bage at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Ferraz in Madrid where she graduated in2005 with maximum distinction. In 2005 shestudied with Jaring Walta at the Koninklijk Conservatorium of Den Haag and in 2006 she started her Bachelor studies with professor Andras Czifra at Codarts, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Rotterdam where she graduated in 2010. In 2012, she did her Master degree in violin performance with professors Gordan Nikolic and Goran Gribajvebic at the same conservatory. She also specialized in music pedagogy applied to violin studies. She has been awarded with the Second Prize in the “V Chamber Music Competition Ferraz Conservatoire” (2004). This young violinist has been a member of different orchestras such as Chamartín Orchestra, Ferraz Conservatory Orchestra, Cervera Orchestra, AKO (Atheneum Kamer Orkest), CSO (Codarts Symphony Orchestra), Orchestra of the Koninklijk Conservatorium, NJO, Prince Claus Conservatory Orchestra, Sinfonia Rotterdam. She then had the opportunity to work with different conductors such as Reinbert de Leeuw, Ludevic Morlot, Phillip Picket, Arie van Beek, Vitaly Pisarenko and Yannick Nezet Seguin performing in concert halls including the National Auditorium of Spain (Madrid), Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Doelen of Rotterdam, Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven and De Oosterpoort in Groningen. She has received advice & Mastercasses from renowned artists like Anna Baget, Gonçal Comellas, Mauricio Fuks, Mimi Zweig and Gordan Nikolic. She is currently a member of Camerata Ardesko and Cuarteto Lorca, under the guidance of Benzion Shamir (Codarts, voor de Kunsten) and Asdis Valdimarsdotti (Koninklijk Conservatorium).

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Stefania Pigozzo

Teacher in: Piano
Languages of teaching: English, Italian

Stefania Pigozzo (b.Pordenone, Italy 1992) began her music education as a child with Professor Lucia Grizzo. She continued her studies with the same Professor at the Scuola di Musica Pietro Edo in her hometown, while also attending advanced classes with Professor Marian Mika. She graduated cum laude at the age of 16 from the Conservatorio Polini in Padova. She was subsequently admitted to the ‘Biennio a indirizzo Interpretativo” programme at Conservatorio Monteverdi in Bolzano as the student of Professor Davide Cabassi, graduating with honours in 2014. Stefania also holds an MA in Music Pegadogy from the Conservatorio del la Svizzera (Lugano, Switzerland), where she studied with Professor Sandro D’Onofrio. In September 2016, she was admitted to Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag where she studied with Professor Ellen Corver. She graduated from the Royal Conservatiore’s Masters Programme in July 2019.

Stefania has taken part in numerous national and international competitions. She has received more than 20 first prizes and first overall prizes, with honourable mentions by the jury (Concorso Nazionale Citta di Ortona, Concorso Nazionale Citta di Cesenatico, Concorso Nazionale Musica in Luce in Milano, Concorso Internazionale Citta di Occhiobello (RO), Concorso Internazionale Citta di Tolmezzo, International Music Competition in Trieste, Concorso Nazionale Citta di Feltre (BL), Concorso Nazionale Citta di Piove di Sacco (PD), Concorso Internazionale Citta di Padova, Concorso Nationale di Castiglione delle Stiviere (MN), Concorso Nazionale Gradus ad musicum Certamen in Lastra a Signa (FL) and more. She has also won the prestigious Pia Baschiera-Tallon Foundation’ Scholarship in Pordenone, Italy and in 2007, as part of the celebrations for the local Cultural Association’s 60″ anniversary, where she was honoured with an award for outstanding results in her music career.

Stefania made her orchestral debut at 13 years of age, playing Mozart’s H414 Concerto conducted by Maestro Nicoletta Fenati, & has since has given regular recitals including Festivals, International Competitions and for causes such as UNICEF.  Stefania has taken part in numerous Master Classes with many prestigious pianists including Aldo Ciccolini, Bruno Canino, Paolo Bordoni, Benedetto Lupo, Riccardo Risatiti, Giorgio Lovato, Igor Tcetuev, Tatiana Larionova, and is happy to share her insights and knowledge with both young & adult pupils of all levels.

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Chantal Richardson aka 'Chanti'

Teacher in: Voice & Songwriting
Languages of teaching: English & Nederlands

Chantal Richardson, better known as Chanti, is a singer-songwriter from the island of Sint Maarten. Her music is a mix of R&B, Pop and Soul with a Caribbean influence. Rounding off her studies in Music and Entertainment Management, she now teaches singing and writes songs for various signed and unsigned international artists. She got her break out at 14 when she won the Sint Maarten Idol’s, followed by her first single which got over 80K streams on YouTube and was nominated for a Caribbean music award. With her mixed background of Danish and Caribbean, Chanti brings out a fusion of mixed genres making her music multidimensional. She has since shared the stage with artists like Acehood, Mischu Laikah, SBMG, Orange Grove and more. After releasing her single ‘Baila’ in 2018, she was able to open for Young Thug and perform at multiple events and festivals in The Netherlands. Chanti believes that helping students find their voice and who they really are is what her classes are all about. She pushes students to be their best self, while having a fun and exciting time. ‘’It’s not just about how perfect your voice is but how well you’re telling the story’’- Stevie Mackey.

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Rene Sommer

Teacher in: Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Cornet & Tenor Horn (Brass)
Languages of teaching: English & Danish

René Sommer (1984) born in Odense, Denmark.
He studied at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague with Jarmo Hoogendijk/Eric Vloeimans & Beatrijs Korevaer/Gertjan Loot and at the Fontys Conservatory with Martijn de Laat/Toon de Gouw and Willem van der Vliet.
He has also taken several lessons with Lars Vissing (DK.), Torben Sminge (DK.), Thomas Fryland (DK.), John Roucco, Hendrik Jørgensen (DK.), Henrik Hou Jørgensen (DK.), Mads La Cour (DK.).
As a performer, Rene played with the Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw ( Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath ) – Tip Toe big band (DK.), DJ maestro, the Big Band The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Southern Denmark (AMDA) and the Royal Conservatory Big Band of The Hague (Brandford Marsalis, Bert Joris, Jim McNeely, Peter Erskine, Ack van Rooyen and others)
René Sommer currently working as a Brass Teacher , Producer and as a Live and Recording Artist

Please visit Rene’s website for more information.