Featured Teachers

The String Department

Batuhan Y.

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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Elif Y.

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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Ivanica N.

Ivanica started playing the violin and piano at the age of 8 in Music School Franjo Kuhač in Osijek, Croatia in a class of prof. Ines Ana Tomić. After secondary school graduation, she continued her music studies at the Academy of Music, University of Zagreb, Croatia, where she graduated specializing in Violin. Ivanica’s notable awards at competitions include 1st prize at the Croatian National Competition for Chamber Ensembles in 2015 (organized by HDGPP - Croatian Association of Music and Dance Teachers) as a member of a string quartet. Whilst studying in the academy she received two Rector’s awards for participating in group projects of collaboration between Zagreb’s artistic academies: one for participation in Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen and the other for participation in Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte. Her notable solo performances include a short recital at the Croatian writer Ankica Kišić’s novel promotion in Osijek in 2012, recitals in Hrvatski dom (Croatian Home) in Osijek and in Slatina, Croatia in 2013. She has also performed as a chamber musician, notably in 2014 in the Croatian National Theatre of Osijek, organized by Rotary Club Croatia. Ivanica has had multiple performances with the Academy of Music, Zagreb’s Symphony Orchestra, including the grand opening of the Blagoje Bersa Concert Hall, part of the grand opening of the Academy’s new building in 2014. Ivanica worked as a private violin/piano teacher for three years whilst studying in Zagreb. At the same time, she worked as a theatre attendant and finally was promoted to become a full-time stage manager at contemporary-styled theatre &TD in Zagreb.
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Vezhdi B.

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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Daria F.

Daria F., a talented violinist from a family of musicians in Russia, began her musical journey at five. By nine, she was winning awards at international competitions. At seventeen, she expanded into vocal training and electronic music. By nineteen, she was releasing albums and collaborating with others. Alongside her classical training in Moscow and Milan, Daria became known for her work with Nike Women's Believe in More project, creating music for their videos and gaining recognition in Russia. She also performed at prestigious fashion events for Cartier, composing exclusive music for them. In 2020, she showcased her talent at Milan Fashion Week for the Jordan Women's Collection. Moving to England in 2023 with a Global Talent Visa, she now focuses on composing music, teaching violin, and developing new teaching methods. Despite specializing in violin, she has been learning and playing both violin and piano since the age of five, bringing a wealth of musical knowledge to her teaching. She's also passionate about her project, Upside Down, with the violin.
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Berfin A.

Berfin A. is a world-wide known solo violinist. She is a London-based professional musician, an expanding performance artist, and a music teacher, born in Ankara, Turkey. Berfin specialised in violin, branching out to piano, singing, and embodied movement. She has been a professional musician for over 16 years. Berfin recently graduated from the Royal Academy with First Class Honours, where she studied with Jack Liebeck. Starting her studies with violin in Ankara, in 2011 she won the Young Musician of the Year in the Andante Classical Music Prize. From 2012 until 2016 she continued her studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School where she studied with Lutsia Ibragimova. In 2017, Berfin was invited to give a TEDx speech in Ankara. She has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Hall and participated in concerts with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kammerphilharmonie Bodensee Orchestra. Throughout her career, Berfin has won multiple violin competitions. In February of this year, she performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Bursa Symphony Orchestra in Turkey, conducted by Antonio Pirolli. In 2019, Berfin was a soloist in the Max Bruch Album performing the Adagio Appassionato which was recorded on the Sony Classical Label. Berfin performs on a Nicolaus Gagliano violin (1751) kindly given to her by her family and donors of the CEV Foundation.
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Seray Ö.

Seray started her music education in Bursa Zeki Müren Anatolian Fine Arts High School. Her main instrument is the cello, and her second branch is the 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 was accepted to a master's program at the same university and completed a master's program in Italy (Conservatory of Music L. Refice) Her Master’s degree in both Cello Performance and Pedagogy. Studying music teaching, aside from music, she was also trained in pedagogical studies, like psychology, methods of teaching, and preschool education. Seray has tons of experience teaching kids and adults piano and cello at all levels. She has completed her degree successfully both in cello and piano and has tons of experience teaching all levels. She has a high rate of preparing students for their abrsm grade exams.
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Antonia H.

Antonia is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocal coach from Italy who also teaches piano and violin. She began studying the violin as a child. She later joined a choir and studied singing with Michael Aspinall and Candace Smith. In 2010, she obtained her first degree in Literature, music and performance’ from the University ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome, Italy. She later graduated in singing from the Conservatory of Music in Benevento, Italy, where she also sub-studied piano as a second instrument. For more than fifteen years, Antonia has been performing as a singer and violinist in bands, choirs, and early music ensembles with concerts all over Europe and in the United States. She has also trained as an actor and stage musician and collaborated with several theatre companies. In 2016, Antonia obtained a MA degree in renaissance and baroque singing from the ‘Santa Cecilia’ Conservatory of Rome, under the guidance of Sara Mingardo. Given her interest in different genres of music, acting and the theatrical voice, Antonia developed her own voice method and has been coaching singers and actors in various settings including schools, theatre companies, workshops, and community centers in Italy and in the UK. In recent years, Antonia has been writing and producing her own music, and she is currently working on a solo project. She is currently studying for an MA in music therapy at the University of the West of England in Bristol and will qualify in 2023.
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Samantha H.

Samantha is a recent graduate from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance gaining a Bachelor of Music. An accomplished violinist who studied under Clare Thompson. Extensively performed in a variety of chamber groups and orchestras and worked with Trinity Laban String Ensemble as a Laban Soloist for the third movement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Summer. She is a violinist and a pianist. Being classically music trained from a very young age, she has undertaken the ABRSM grades for both piano and violin up to Grade 8 and has further achieved an LTCL with Distinction in Violin Performance. Following this, she decided to pursue music at a higher level at the conservatoire. Being in this vigorous music education system, she has actively been involved in many rehearsals and concert opportunities, as well as the education that it has to offer and has come away with much more knowledge in the aspects of music education.
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