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Anna Leone

Anna Leone is a master in music performance and one of the most prized young guitarists in Brazil. At the age of seven, she started playing mostly Brazilian music, and later on dedicated her studies to classical music. In 2014, Anna received a Bachelor Music degree...

Chen Qu

Chen's musical journey began in China since she was 4 years old. By the age of 12, she obtained the highest possible piano certification conferred by Shanghai Conservatory, China Conservatory and the Chinese Musician Association. Throughout her adolescent years, she...

Dušica Grbatinić

Dusica Grbatinić is a musician and music teacher from Serbia. She started playing piano at the age of 7 and quickly decided to focus her studies entirely on music. Along with her interest for classical music, she explored other genres such as pop and rock; while...

Helsinki Music Teacher: Juha Matti Varvikko

Juha Matti Varvikko started playing the bass guitar at the age of twelve and eventually added other string instruments and percussion to his musical skills. Juha studied at the Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory and Espoo Music Institute as a teenager and eventually...

Johanna Knuuttila, ISM Violin and Piano Teachers

Since graduating with a Bachelors degree in Violin pedagogy in 2009, Johanna has worked for different music schools in Helsinki teaching both individual and group lessons to students between the ages of 5 and 30. Johanna has conducted a chamber orchestra at the...

Kristina Bogataj, ISM Playschool Teacher

Photo by Jouni Kuru Kristina Bogataj is a Slovenian choral conductor and educator, based in Helsinki, Finland. She primarily acts as an artistic director of three Finnish choirs (including her vocal group Lyckokatter), and collaborates with several others in a project...

Scott Natzke, ISM Trumpet Teacher

Scott Natzke joined the trumpet section of the Finnish National Opera in 2016. Before moving to Finland, Scott held principal positions in the Colorado Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, the Norrköping Simfoniorchester, and the Gulbenkain Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal....

Giedre Tabocchini, ISM Piano Teacher

Giedre Tabocchini is a Lithuanian pianist who has been living in Finland since 2008. She graduated from the Siauliai Conservatory (Lithuania) in 2004 as a pianist and teacher. She then continued her studies at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, where she earned...

Guitars of the World Workshop Series: The Sound of Venezuela

In this workshop we played a small Venezuelan string instrument called the Cuatro. It means ‘four’ in Spanish, referring to the instrument’s four strings. From soft ballads to up-beat tunes, the Cuatro allows for diverse playing styles. Tonadas, Valses, Pajarillos,...

Guitars of the World Workshop Series: The Sound of Persia

On April 18th and 19th we conducted the second Guitars of The World Workshop Series. We were lucky to have our teacher Afshin Ardalan sharing his knowledge and expertise on Persian music for guitar. Ardalan also taught us specific techniques and some of his repertoire...