String Instruments

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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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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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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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Indigo Smith-Poelz

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

Indigo Smith-Poelz began her musical journey at age six on the violin and a few years later added piano lessons.  A native of Boulder, Colorado, Indigo was introduced to the harpsichord at a summer music institute and at age fourteen, beginning lessons with Dr Elizabeth Farr – harpsichord and organ professor – at CU Boulder. She majored in harpsichord performance and graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory (Oberlin, Ohio, USA) with a BM in historical performance in 2007, studying with Lisa Goode Crawford and William Webb Wiggins. Indigo has also partaken in master classes with Edward Parmentier and Mitzy Meyerson.  In 2007 she moved to Holland as a  student of Jacques Ogg, before continuing her studies at the Utrecht Conservatorium with Siebe Henstra. Currently, she resides in Voorburg and teaches music lessons privately and for Virtuosi in Den Haag.