Guitar

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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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Pedro Diaz

Teacher in: Guitar
Languages of teaching: English & Spanish

Pedro was born in Los Llanos de Aridane (Isla de La Palma), 1985. At the age of 13 he began lessons at the school of music of the Cabildo Insular (La Palma) with Juan Carlos Brito. In 2003 Pedro moved to Madrid to complete his Undergraduate Diploma at the Conservatiory of Adolfo Salazar under Soledad Plaza, also studying World-Music at the Creative Music School with Nono Garcia and Joseph Salvador. Pedro graduated from the Royal Conservatiore in the Hague as a student of Enno Voorhorst in 2011, where he received masterclasses from Eduardo Isaac, Hein van de Geijn, Antonoa Duro, Miguel Trapaga, Alex Garrobe, John Ruocco, Marcos Socias, Fabio Zanon and Zoran Dukic. Pedro has been a guest of several festivals: III Opera Festival 2006 (Canarias) – guitarist of the Minsk Bolshoi Opera in Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia under conductor Victor Ploskina, Womad Festival 2009 – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Illustrator Festival 2011 (Spain), Amsterdam Festival (NL), Festival Jazz Heineken (Spain) & Mairadal Festival (Rosendaal). Pedro has toured with the Netherlands Youth Orchestra, and has performed at venues including the Veluvine, Orpheus, EDE, Gigant & Dakota Theatres, and concert halls such as the Teatro Infantina Cristina (Canarias), Clamores and Galileo Galilei (Madrid) and Olimpic Stadium Amsterdam have hosted his performances.

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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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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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Nick Vailer

Teacher in: Guitar (rock)
Languages of teaching: Greek, English

Guitarist Nick Vailer was born in Athens, Greece. Nick was inspired by his father and started to learn guitar at the young age of 5.Although he was a self taught guitar player by the time he was 17, he was already giving private guitar lessons to students of all ages, styles and level.In 2009 he was successfully auditioned by the Berklee committee at Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens,where he was offered a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston for 2 years.He studied theory and guitar next to Thaddeus Hogarth, Michael Williams and Bruce Saunders.He graduated with a specialist degree on Rock, Blues and Jazz guitar.  Since 2012 Nick works as a session guitar player performing live and touring with many respectful musicians including Ross Daly, Panos Mouzourakis, PulseDotBand, Dimitris Pagomenos, Panos Gourgiotis, arranging  and composing music for shows, films and theaters, recording for many artists, albums at Mad Hat Music Productions next to Nikos Vogiatzakis, teaching guitar and representing Crazy Tube Circuits Pedals in NAMM show C.A.  In 2014 he started teaching electric and acoustic guitar at the RSL Rockschool department of Greece for 3 years where he also gave master classes. Aside from his signature guitar playing, Nick is known for his enthusiasm and being an approachable and highly effective guitar instructor. He focuses and invests in the picture his students have in their minds for playing the guitar, build their confidence and help them to achieve that without loosing their personal sound, tone and perspective.  Maintain their interest and fun.  ”I was inspired with Nick’s professionalism. He is a dedicated teacher that will strive to provide material designed to improve any player’s abilities and that will match the student’s musical interest”-RSL-Greece.  Nick now teaches at the Virtuosi School of Music electric guitar in the styles of (rock, blues, fusion and metal) and acoustic fingerstyle guitar.  His inspirations include Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, Tommy Emmanuel, Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Guthrie Govan, Ritchie Kotzen, Eric Johnson, BB King, Jimmy Page, Pat Martino, Joe Pass, Marcus Miller and many more.