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Piano ; Theory ; Aural
Lithuanian pianist is a graduate from University of Aberdeen (Scotland). In 2017 she obtained the Bachelor of Music (Hons) and in 2018 Master of Music degrees.
Greta started studying piano from the age of 7 in her hometown Art School (Lithuania). Later, in Aberdeen, for five years she was developing her piano skills with Doc. Barbara Payne. Greta’s abilities and competence have been tested in various competitions in the Republic of Lithuania as well as international projects and concerts in Latvia, Germany, Poland and Scotland where in some of them she became diplomaed, laureate and prized: The Labyrinth of Lithuanian music (2007), Play, Imagine, Draw (2008), The Baltic Amber (2006), Aberdeen and North East of Scotland music festival (2014, 2015, 2018).
In 2017 Greta was of three performers who won the Chris James Cadwur Concerto competition, the concerto competition for students of the University of Aberdeen. In March 2018, she was honoured to perform W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor (K.466) with University of Aberdeen Marischal Chamber orchestra.
Piano ; Theory ; Aural
Jiaxin Xie started learning classical piano with professor Xiaomin Ren when she was 5. She graduated from JILIN University and obtained a Bachelor of Music performance degree. As an outstanding graduate, she held a piano concert at JILIIN University Music Hall as a solo pianist. In 2019, Jiaxin continued her Master degree with Pianist Dominic John at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Jiaxin also has rich experience in competition, including the First Prize of 2018 the 20th Hong Kong-ASIA Piano Competition, the Golden Prize of the 2018 China International Piano Festival BOYA, the Vorrunde Pacfic den of the VI. Internationaler Klavierwettbewerb Wiesbaden, etc.
From June 2017 to July 2019, she had been working as a piano teacher in Siai Music School. She learned different learning plans should be made according to different students. Also the younger students should be taught in a simple and understandable way. Her pride is to communicate the fun of music to the students and make them fall in love with music. Jiaxin led students to win many international competitions, and awarded Excellent advisor Award. She helped students pass the ABRSM piano exams, from grade 1 to grade 8, including theory and essential piano techniques.
Piano competition results -
• June 2019 - The China International Piano Festival BOYA - Excellent advisor Award
• October 2018 - ZHUHAI College of Jilin University - Third-Class Scholarship
• August 2018 - The China International Piano Festival BOYA Golden Prize
• August 2018 - VI.Internationaler Klavierwettbewerb Wiesbaden Vorrnde pacific den - First Prize
• July 2018 - The 20th Hong Kong - Asia Piano Competition - Excellent Advisor Award
• July 2018 - The 20th Hong Kong - Asia Piano Competition - First Prize
• October 2017 - ZHUHAI College of Jilin University - Third-Class Scholarship
• July 2017 - The Hong Kong International Vocal Open Competition - Third Prize
Piano ; Theory ; Aural
British pianist Jamie Loftus graduated with a Master’s cum laude at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, studying under prof. Peep Lassmann, a student of the legendary Russian pianist Emil Gilels. He was awarded 3rd Prize at the Theodor Stein Piano Competition 2019, and has given recitals as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in the UK, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Spain, with a recording featured on Latvian state TV channel LTV1. He received a BMus (Hons) from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on scholarship, and was invited to spend an Erasmus year at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, studying under renowned Finnish pianist Juhanni Lagerspetz and chamber coach Matti Raekallio of the Juilliard School.
Since 2007, Jamie has taught private students of all ages from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, in the UK, Finland and Estonia. Whether you wish to pursue ABRSM graded exams, hone your existing piano skills, or are simply here to immerse yourself in music, Jamie will guide you through your process and help you to discover your inner pianist.
During his time at the Sibelius Academy he studied piano pedagogy with Rebekka Angervo from the Espoo Music Institute, with an emphasis on aural skills, improvisation, student-teacher duets and practicing purely in the mind. In Estonia during the MA, he worked at the Märjamaa Music and Art School as a piano teacher and guest examiner, preparing students for recitals at music festivals, cultural events and internal examinations. In the UK he has worked with a breadth of private students and holds a DipABRSM, the standard professional piano teaching diploma offered by ABRSM, together with an enhanced DBS certificate.
Drawing on his experience of many pedagogical approaches, and having played in the masterclasses of prestigious pianists and professors from around the world like Robert McDonald, Julian Martin, Steven Osborne, Alexander Kobrin, Artur Pizzaro, and Dr. Jose Ramon Mendez, Jamie offers an innovative and flexible teaching method that will inspire and inform any budding pianist.
As the founder, accompanist and manager of the Vocal Poems of the Baltics ensemble, Jamie is always searching for new ideas within the Western Art Music sphere. His ensemble features singers from each of the Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, presenting vocal works by their native composers, and has toured extensively with the support of the Estonian Cultural Endowment KULKA since May 2018. He has also premiered solo and chamber works in Estonia, Latvia and Spain, and is pursuing his interest in new music here in London.