Featured Teachers

The String Department

Batuhan Yilmaz

In 2009, he passed the exams of the European Youth Symphony Orchestra(EJOD) and gave concerts in various countries (Germany, France) to represent his country. During his tenure abroad, he worked with various pianists. In 2009, he was accepted to the chamber orchestra of Nilufer Municipality and continued my chamber music and orchestral education with Professor Hasan Adiguzelzade. He started Bursa Uludag University Music Education Department in 2010 following his extraordinary success in the talent examination. In the 2013 Istanbul International Pera Piano Competition, he was awarded for the Best Freelance Interpretation. he actively participated in masterclass studies with Tamara Poddubnaya and Associate Professor Ferit Adıguzelzade. Graduating from Uludag University with honours in 2014, he won the Master's Degree Program of the Department of Music Education at Uludag University. During his graduate education, he actively took part in various projects within the university. During this period, he was assigned to accompany the undergraduate students (string instruments). In 2018, he completed his master's degree with thesis. He prepared his students for the piano and violin examination of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music(ABRSM) for all grades and most of them passed the exams with distinction. In 2020, He graduated online certificate programme of Eskisehir University called “Piano Trainer-1” and “Fundamentals of Music Theory” by the University of Edinburgh.
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Vaiva Tamosiunaite

Vaiva has been building her professional career in music since she started studies at the Gymnasium of Music in Kaunas, Lithuania. Later she has proceeded to specialize in The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Vaiva participated in Masterclasses for solo and chamber music, given by distinguished Professors including Augustinas Vasiliauskas ( Vilnius ), Petras Kunca ( Vilnius), Johannes Meissl ( Vienna), Piotr Tarcholik (Krakow). After her graduation, she has been playing violin in Musical Theatre for over two years and additionally worked as a violin and piano teacher.
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Elif Yilmaz

Elif graduated from the State Conservatory of Uludag University as a violinist. Then she got a pedagogical experience certificate from the Faculty Music Education Department of Uludag University as a violin and piano teacher. She also had the opportunity to participate in some of the music authority’s masterclasses. Some of them were Maxim Vengerov, Valery Oistrakh, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Mihael Aranovich, Shlomo Mintz, Alexander Markov, Peter Fisher, Nathaniel Vallois, Cihat Askin, Suna Kan, Özcan Ulucan. She gave a concert as a soloist accompany with Academic Chamber Orchestra of Afyon University at the III. International Marsyas Culture-Art and Music Festival with Academic Chamber Orchestra of Nilufer in Bursa, Bolu, and with Orchestra of Uludag University. Also, she did some recital in some parts of Turkey. She had played in many orchestras. One of them was the “Turkey National Youth Symphony Orchestra” conducted by Cem Mansur. They gave some concerts in Berlin, Rome, Vienna, Kassel, Dortmund, Linz, Bonn, Essen, Istanbul, Bursa, Izmir, Ankara, Bodrum, Antalya. They also won the first prize with Ahmet Altinel's composition at the Young Euro Classic festival in Berlin. One of them was the Regional State Symphony Orchestra of Bursa. In these concerts, she took part as a concertmaster also first and the second violinist. one of them was the Regional State Symphony Orchestra of Bursa.
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Seray Özer

Seray started her music education in Bursa Zeki Müren Anatolian Fine Arts High School. Her main instrument is cello, and her minor branch is piano. During her high school education, she attended several solo and orchestra concerts. After she graduated from high school, she started her bachelor’s degree, which is music education teaching at Uludag University in 2009. She has completed her cello education with Elhan Necef. She was accepted to a master program at the same university and completed a master program in Italy (Conservatory of Music L. Refice) Her Master’s degree, in both Cello Performance and Pedagogy. Due to studying music teaching, aside from music, she was also trained in pedagogical studies, like psychology, methods of teaching, and pre-school education. Seray has tons of experience teaching kids and adults cello and piano at all levels.
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Nikolas Jokesz

Nikolas has been playing the violin from the age of 8 and picked up the piano at the age of 12. After he finished his education in Hungary he moved to London in 2015 to further improve his skills and studied with professor Hu Kun for 5 years. During his time in London, he has been an active participant in the East London art scene. He has been involved with multiple art collectives and participated in various fusion art projects such as interactive theatres, visual fine art performances, and various convention-breaking acts. He has been looking to find new purposes for his instrument in a modern setting while keeping the traditional values of it. In his quest to find ever-new angles to perform, he had been participating in some unlikely scenarios, such as when he was playing with Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka in the Barbican, or when he was showing new discoveries of balance between the classical sound of the violin and industrial noise in Cafe Oto. He has been teaching both kids and adults since 2016. Ever since then he has been looking for new and more efficient ways to teach, with the same dedication as he has to his own improvement. His teaching is performance-focused and aiming to prepare his pupils both technically and psychologically for their concerts and exams. He is aiming to give the necessary skills to his students to become professional musicians themselves if they wish to do so, but also practical knowledge which is useful for someone's everyday life as well. The kind of knowledge which is outside of the spectrum of traditional schools such as how to keep focus without getting lost in the details or how to deal with anxiety before an exam or performance or a job interview etc. He is not only a performer and teacher, but he has been composing music as well. He has been working as a session musician/writer for established studios, and he has immersed himself with classical music from a compositional angle as well. Most lately he has been studying music production to further broaden his tools for his compositions.
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Janbek Ozdemir

Janbek was accepted to Anadolu University, Stringed Instruments department in 2003 where he studied music theory, harmony, violin, and piano. In 2015 he graduated from Anadolu University with an Honors Degree. Since then he has been attending many workshops of well-known musicians to widen his knowledge in music. Apart from his solo concerts, he worked with the symphony orchestras as a guest artist which was mainly towards training young talent. In June 2011, he won the exam to study at Hfm Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig, and had the opportunity to attend Prof. Hans Werner Mehling's violin class. Janbek is a well-rounded musician with a lot of experience in teaching and preparing students for their grade exams as well as live performances.
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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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