Teachers

About
the teachers

Guillem Calvo, Louisa Stuber, and Helena Massip are all fully qualified level five Suzuki violin teachers who met whilst on the British Suzuki Institute teacher training course. They are teacher members of the London Suzuki Group in order that their respective pupils may regularly participate in concerts and workshops subsidised by this organisation.

They have taught at Suzuki workshops in London and around the UK, and in May 2008, they were all invited to teach together at a Suzuki violin workshop in Navarra, Spain.

The Little Venice Suzuki Group teachers all agree that playing and performing is an important complement to teaching, and regularly present short chamber pieces at the end of pupils’ concerts. They have also been members of the string group Altissimo Ensemble, whose projects have included a CD release of works by contemporary British composer Ian Stewart and a performance at the Royal Festival Hall, as part of the National Suzuki Concert.

 

Louisa Stuber – Violin

Louisa Stuber was born in London, and began learning the violin at the age of three with Felicity Lipman. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin in 2000 with a BA (Hons) in music, she qualified as a Graduate Suzuki Teacher. She has a great deal of orchestral and chamber music experience including Irish National Youth Orchestra, Jeunesses Musicales Ireland, British Youth Opera Orchestra, Jove Orquestra Athenea, Tempus Chamber Orchestra, Wallace Ensemble, Altissimo Ensemble, and has received coaching from Benjamin Zander, Ludwig Müller, and the Spiegel and Ysaÿe Quartets. Louisa is co-Founder and Director of the Little Venice Suzuki Group, and runs a busy private teaching practice in central-west London. She also teaches at Southbank International School (Kensington), L’Ecole Bilingue (Maida Vale), and Prospect House School (Putney). She was Chair of the London Suzuki Group teachers’ committee from 2012-2014.

She has taught at the following Suzuki courses: BSI National Suzuki Workshop (London), Bryanston International Summer School (Dorset), Suzuki workshop (Navarra, Spain), Kyle Suzuki Group workshop (Ayr, Scotland), Bourneville Strings workshop (Staffordshire), Book 1 Bonanza (London), and the Halloween Festival (London).

 

Guillem Calvo – Violin

IMG_0979Guillem Calvo, born in Barcelona, started his violin studies with the Suzuki teacher Albert Sàrrias. Later on he followed his musical studies at the Liceu Conservatori (Barcelona) with Evelio Tieles and finally at the Royal College of Music (London) with the violin teacher Yossi Zivoni. He also studied an Advance Course for Soloist in Lübeck (Germany) with Shmuel Ashkenazy while he became a fully qualified Suzuki teacher in 2007. Guillem has been teaching the Suzuki Method since 2004 both privately and at Southbank International School, as well as co-founding Little Venice Suzuki Group in 2009. To this date he has taught in Workshops like Ingestre Hall and Blue Coat School (Birmingham), BSI National Workshop (London), at the Suzuki Hall (Brussels) and el Musical (Barcelona). In 2012 he volunteered with Clare Raybould’s Shining Light Suzuki Project in Goa (India), to give a Suzuki based musical opportunity to children in extreme poverty.

As a performer, he has toured Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany and England playing in different chamber groups including the Martinu Ensemble, Cre.Art Project Ensemble, Quartet Albéniz and Insieme Ensemble. He has also played with renown orchestras and conductors like Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Bertrand de Billy, Valery Gergiev in orchestras like “Orquestra de la Òpera del Liceu” or the London Symphony Orchestra with whom he has debuted as soloist in November 2007. He is currently performing with the Swan Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

 

Helena Massip – Violin

Helena MassipHelena Massip started her musical studies in Banyoles and continued in Barcelona and Salamanca with Sergio Prieto and Isabel Vilà. She graduated from the Conservatori del Liceu  and  then moved to London where she studied violin with Felicity Lipman and singing with Brian Parsons.

She has played with many orchestras including JONC (Youth National Orchestra of Catalonia), Orquestra Athenea and Orquesta del Conservatorio de Salamanca, under the baton of Lutz Köhler and Antoni Ros Marbà. Helena is currently playing in a duo with Guillem Calvo and is also member of the “Ars 5” chamber choir and other chamber ensembles with whom she has widely played in concerts and festivals around Spain and England.

 

 

Anne Thomas – Violin

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Anne Thomas is an American-born violinist living and working in London since 2000. Anne was a Suzuki student from age 5. She studied in the BMus program in the Indiana University School of Music (now the Jacobs School of Music). Subsequently she studied violin performance and chamber music at Washington University in St. Louis where she earned her B.A. Anne teaches violin in north and west London, and at Southbank International School. She performs regularly as an orchestral and chamber musician.

Juan Drown – Violin, Viola & Musicianship

Juan Drown studied at Cambridge University, and completed his training at the Moscow Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music. Juan is a fully qualified Suzuki teacher on both violin and viola. He is responsible for the StAlbans Suzuki Group, and is a regular tutor in workshops across Europe. Juan gives regular viola recitals and chamber music concerts in the London area, and has performed across the UK, France, Romania, Spain, and in his homeland, the Isle of Man.

 

 

Alice Biddulph – Cello & Accompanist

Alice Biddulph Has been enjoying teaching cello with the Suzuki Method since 2005 and is teaching both privately in Belsize Park and at the Suzuki Hub since September 2014. She is also doing some Suzuki piano accompanying for Lauderdale Suzuki Group, Little Venice Suzuki Group, BSI teacher training courses and Southbank International Hampstead School. In May 2013, Alice did Unit 1 Music Mind Games teacher training with Michiko Yurko at the Suzuki Hub and last February 2014, completed Unit 2. She finds that is a really inspiring and fun way to teach music theory.

 

Natasha Picard – Music & Movement

Natasha Picard was a Suzuki pupil, back in the 1970s, starting to learn at the age of 3, with a cereal box and a ruler in place of a violin: a teeny 1/16 size violin was hard to find in those days! Everybody down up must have been imprinted in her genes, as now both daughters, Rosa and Lola, are learning with Helena.

Music has always been an important part of her life, although she studied French and Russian at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, then went on to do postgraduate studies in theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Working mainly on stage for a few years, Natasha often sang, and played violin too, sometimes also writing music for shows. Ten years ago Natasha won a postgraduate certificate in education from the Institute of Education, University of London, and has since taught young children in primary and nursery schools.

Music has always been central to her teaching, and she has been invited to train colleagues in how to teach music in the early years. To deepen her understanding of music pedagogy, Natasha trained with The Voices Foundation and took a foundation stage conducting course with Sing for Pleasure. She now combines her experience in music and drama, creating drama projects for the very young.

 

Alexander Knapp – Musicianship & Accompanist

Alex KnappAlexander Knapp is a pianist, having been awarded LRAM and ARCM Diplomas; and he is also a musicologist and ethnomusicologist: graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge, with MA, MusB, PhD Degrees. He has been appointed to academic and administrative posts in Cambridge (at Wolfson College), and in London (at Goldsmiths’ College, Royal College of Music, City University, most recently at the School of Oriental and African Studies, until taking early retirement in 2006). As well as composing and arranging, teaching and lecturing, recording and broadcasting, he has performed as accompanist to singers and instrumentalists in the UK, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, and the USA. One of his special fields of interest is the music of Ernest Bloch.

 

Adrian Lever – Piano Accompanist

Adrian Lever is an accompanist based in Wandsworth, London and East Anglia. He has over twenty years experience accompanying grade exams, music festivals, orchestral auditions, summer schools, and music college entrance exams. He has also enjoyed working closely with several Suzuki method violin and flute teachers over the last ten years. He studied at City University, London, with piano lessons provided by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and gained a BMus degree and an LRSM piano performance diploma. 

Adrian is currently working on a piano improvisation and multimedia visuals project called Confluence.