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Introducing: Valeria Conte, Clarinet

  Where are you from and what instrument/s do you play? I grew up over the bridge of Venice, in Northern Italy and my main instrument is the clarinet. I do also play some flutes, sing and I can make music with almost any instrument. 😉 If you weren't a musician...

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...

Introducing: Lauri, ISM Drum Teacher

Lauri has been playing drums and percussion instruments from the age of five. He studied drums, piano, bass, singing, music theory, and band playing at the Pop & Jazz Conservatory and Töölön musiikkikoulu in Helsinki and Ebeli in Espoo. He has been working with...

Introducing: Melisa Cano, ISM piano teacher

  Where are you from and what instruments do you play? I am from Spain and I play the piano. If you weren’t a musician what would you be doing? Maybe I would be and architect. Where did you study? I studied at the “Higher Conservatory of Music Eduardo Martínez Torner”...

Introducing: Silvo Vatanen, ISM Guitar and wind teacher

Where are you from and what instruments do you play? I was born in Hanko but lived my childhood in Järvenpää and now live in Helsinki. I play flute, South American flutes like quena and zampoña, charango (small 10-stringed instrument from South America), and guitar.  ...

Introducing: Elias Trygg, ISM flute teacher

    Where are you from and what instruments do you play? I am from Finland and I was born in Helsinki. I play the flute as my main instrument but I can play a bit of saxophone and piano too.  If you weren't a musician what would you be doing?  If I weren’t a musician...

Introducing: Ann Valto, ISM Intern

    Where are you from and what instruments do you play? I’m from the USA, and I play violin, piano, and I sing alto as well. If you weren’t a musician what would you be doing? Definitely a cartoon or video-game characters voice-over actress! What is your favourite...

Introducing: Raymond Shon, ISM Piano teacher

Where are you from and what instruments do you play? I was born in Korea, but I’ve been living in Australia since 2003, so I guess I’m more ‘from’ there. I mainly play the piano, but I also study organ, and I used to play the guitar when I was younger. If you weren’t...

Introducing: Camilo Pajuelo, ISM Guitar Teacher

    Where are you from and what instruments do you play? I am from Peru. I do play guitar, as my main instrument. In addition, I play some other Latin American string instruments (e.g. charango, cuatro, tiple), and some Andean wind instruments (e.g. kena, siku). If...