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Guitar Teachers

Jess Furneaux

Jess Furneaux is a London based professional guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with over 12 years of experience in the music industry. She has performed in many venues across Europe and the UK, including 02 Academy Islington, The Hackney Empire, The Dublin Castle, Camden Proud, NEC Birmingham Arena, Camden Underworld, The Fleece Bristol, Bedford Esquires, Electroworks Islington amongst many other prestigious venues. Jess has also performed at a range of festivals including Camden Rocks, Surface and Latitude Festival with original bands and as a session guitarist, including completing a fortnight-long UK tour with US-based tribute band to The Cramps, the ‘Teenage Werewolves’ in April 2019 and is due to complete a second UK tour with the band in December 2020. Jess has always had a passion for music, which started at the early age of 6 when she attended her very first piano lesson. At age 13 she picked up the guitar, and by the age of 15 Jess had already gained her Grade 8 in electric guitar. One year later, she went on to study at the prestigious Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) and completed a Level 3 Music Performance Diploma, followed by a Level 5 Higher Diploma, both specializing in guitar. Thereafter, Jess further expanded her musical knowledge by studying at the Detroit Institute of Music Education, where she achieved a 1st Class BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Music Performance. Jess successfully teaches guitar to students of all ages up to Grade 8 and has become known as a patient, knowledgeable teacher. She has recently finished composing and recording her debut solo album ‘Utopian Dreams’, which is soon to be released on all major music platforms.
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Tolis Zavaliaris

Tolis Zavaliaris is a guitarist, composer, and tutor living in London U.K. Born in Orestiada a small town in Northern Greece he started playing guitar at the age of 14 and by the age of 16 was performing in Greek clubs with many bands and famous artists. Tolis relocated from Greece to London in 2001 where he studied a 3-year degree course at the world-famous Guitar Institute. After his graduation, he was invited to join the Institute as a guitar teacher and tutor. Since then Tolis has collaborated, performed, and toured with many artists such as Vanessa Mae, Livan, Anna Savege, The Duvets, The Locals, Me’sha Bryan, Killiopi, and many more. He has also worked with producers Peter Greenwell (Flop-Star), Benny D (Depeche Mode), John Robertson (Morcheeba), David Crefield (Kaiser Chiefs).
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Vezhdi Bekir

Vezhdi’s talent for music was discovered by his sister’s music teacher. Vezhdi started to practice music at age 5, joined piano and keyboard lessons for the next five years. He was living in Tekirdağ / Çorlu until 2002 and then he joined Music Talent Exam and he was accepted to Eskisehir Music High School. He learned to play ‘Viola’ ‘Piano’ and also learned about ‘music theory’ ‘music history’ ‘Turkish music history’ during these 4 years of the high school period. After Music High School Vezhdi continued with his music life in Canakkale Onsekizmart University Department of Music to become a music teacher, (2006 – 2010). During his study at Canakkale Onsekizmart University, he attended many Viola, Piano, Choir concerts in Turkey and also in Greece, Serbia – Montenegro, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Germany. After 4 successful years at Canakkale Onsekizmart University Vezhdi graduated and became a Music Teacher. In 2011 Vezhdi moved to London to learn English, to get new work experience, and also to do a Master in Musical Harmony. He is a multi-talented musician that plays, violin, viola, piano, and guitar. He is also the accompanist of all our exam students at the London School of Arts.
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Lina Puidokaitė

Lina Puidokaitė gained her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Opera and in Music education from Klaipeda University Academy of Arts, Lithuania. Lina has performed and studied in conservatoires across Europe, including the Vimmerby folkhögskola in Sweden; the Conservatorio di Musica S.Giacomantonio Italy, coached by acclaimed Soprano Annamaria Dell’Oste and at the Siauliai Conservatoire of Music. Lina Puidokaitė's warm vocal quality as a lyric soprano has led her to perform leading roles including Dorabella in W. A. Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Amina in V.Bellini’s La Sonnambula, and Lucy in G. C. Menotti’s L'Amour à trois. Lina has extended capability in classical piano and guitar, and other repertoire includes songs and arias from G.Rossini; P.Tosti; W. A. Mozart; G.F. Händel; V. Bellini; as well as contemporary songs such as V. Palermo’s Frammenti del tempo. She is a multi-talented musician that teaches singing, piano and guitar. Singing and piano being her main instruments, Lina can also teach guitar up to Grade 5.
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Raul Gagliardi

Raul Gagliardi is an experienced and creative jazz guitarist, composer, and music tutor. During his career, he acquired 15+ years of experience in teaching electric and acoustic guitar as well as ensemble music and jazz harmony to students from all levels and backgrounds. After many years of independent study, Raul attended the B.Mus Jazz Music program at Conservatorio Stanislao Giacomantonio in Cosenza (Italy) where he had the pleasure to be tutored by musicians of the likes of Lutte Berg, Lucio Ferrara, Davide Santorsola, Nicola Pisani, and Roberto Spadoni. He also took part in a various workshops with both Italian and international artists such as Umberto Fiorentino, Ramberto Ciammarughi, Micheal Rosen, Bebo Ferra, and Roberto Taufic. From 1998 to the present, Raul has been performing in a number of different projects. For many of them, he has composed and arranged original compositions. From 1998 to 2003 he performed with Vinagre, an ethno-jazz project which resulted in an album of the same name. In 2004 he lent his talent to the recording session of the Mandara project's album "Alatùl". From 2009 to present, he has been involved in composing, arranging, and performing his own original compositions with Amanita Trio, which were later conveyed into "Gente a Sud", a critically acclaimed album that is constantly exploring a synthesis between contemporary jazz and far-away roots. This line-up has performed all over Italy in venues and festivals such as Casa del Jazz (Rome) and Reggio in Jazz (Reggio Calabria). Along with his performing career, Raul has also gained experience in composing original music for theatre plays.
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James Wiseman

James has studied music since the age of 8 and has been professional for 14 years. His career has taken him around the world touring America, China, and all across Europe playing a number of different instruments and styles of music. Because James plays more than one instrument, his career outside of teaching has led him down many different paths. This versatility has aided James to teach a number of different styles from Classical music, Jazz and Rock, and Pop music. James Started Playing the Clarinet when he was 8 years old and graduated with a distinction in Grade 8 at the age of 18. Alongside his classical education, he always listened to and loved playing Jazz music. He started to play the saxophone during his teenage years and using the techniques he had learned on the clarinet, adapted himself into a proficient Jazz Saxophonist Alongside the woodwind background, James also started playing the guitar at the age of 14 and started playing in rock bands. With a love for modern music, James progressed very quickly at the guitar and managed to get a place at the Academy of Contemporary Music at 18 to study his degree. He learned a number of styles of music there from some world-famous guitarists (Guthrie Govan, Jamie Humphries, Mike Caswell). After spending the next three years dedicating hard work to both of his crafts James started getting jobs touring with Artists around the UK and Europe (Bad Company, Juan Zelada, Nicole Scherzinger, Pixie Lott, Leona Lewis).
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James Quinn

James is an RGT registered guitar teacher who holds a DipHe in Popular Music Performance, gained at the University of West London in 1997. He began playing guitar on leaving school in the mid-1980s and after two years of practice and with the aid of a teacher joined his first group “Bombchild”, a heavy rock outfit based in Hertfordshire. After several years of songwriting and performing, working in professional recording studios and with top producers in the industry, the band broke up and James decided to study more varied styles of music to improve his level of musicality. So, he enrolled at the Guitar Institute affiliated with the University of West London. After graduating in 1997, he began teaching guitar and became involved in varied musical projects including performing on gigs throughout Europe and recording with members of the goth legends “Fields of the Nephilim”. He now spends his time as a full-time guitar teacher and working on his own musical projects.
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Tezel Ahmet

Tezel has been playing guitar for about 20 odd years, he started his music carrier in Cyprus where he played in various rock bands, he is also a composer and a songwriter. After he moved to the UK he joined the London College of Music specializing in Acoustic Guitar popular music. After he got his teaching degree he joined the RGT Electric guitar grade exams and passed with distinction. He is an experienced tutor where he has taught in many music schools around London also he is experienced in teaching RGT Grade exams. He is now working full time at the London School of Arts.
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