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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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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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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.