Music Teacher Profiles
Head of Strings at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, William Bruce is a leading music educator in the UK. After studies with Christopher Bunting at the Royal College of Music, he took part in classes with Jacqueline du Pre and William Pleeth, also attending chamber music courses at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies with Amadeus Quartet. A passionate music educator, William is in demand internationally for masterclasses, workshops, summer schools and external assessing at the Royal Schools of Music. In addition to many years experience as an adjudicator, William is a Consultant Moderator for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music where he has been involved in the training and moderating of examiners, syllabus development, and presentations. He is thrilled to be taking part in this exciting summer school.
Maksim Stsura is an Estonian pianist, teacher, composer and music scholar based in London. He performs extensively as soloist and chamber musician in the prestigious concert halls across the United Kingdom, including St Martin-in-the-Fields, Purcell Room and the Wigmore Hall. He received his Master of Music degree from the Royal College of Music in 2013, studying under Gordon Fergus-Thompson and has also completed the prestigious Artist Diploma course with him in 2014. The same year Maksim also started his Doctoral course at the RCM where he is a Doctoral Bursary Holder supported by a Neville Wathen Award, Estonian Capital of Culture and Mr Nigel Woolner MBE. His research is focused on the piano transcriptions of the contemporary orchestral scores.
Sebastian Muller currently maintains violin - and viola classes at Birmingham Conservatoire, at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at Chethams' School of Music (Manchester). He has been senior lecturer and director of the string orchestra at Leeds College of Music. Many of Sebastian's students have won national and international competitions, grants and scholarships. Sebastian's extensive performance career has seen him feature as soloist with the major violin concerto repertoire in and outside Europe, most recently playing the Beethoven violin concerto with the Leeds College Symphony Orchestra and the Mozart violin concerto KV 216 at Samara Opera House, Russia. He has acted as principal leader and soloist of the German String Orchestra and worked with the London Symphony Orchestra. Sebastian plays a violin made by Stephan Peter Greiner.
Esther was born in Hungary and emigrated to Israel at the age of 16. She has been immersed in music since the tender age of six, going through primary and secondary schools specializing in music and in 1995 graduating in Choir Conducting and Music Education at the prestigious Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Since graduating she has taught music and conducted choirs through all age groups. Esther set up one of the best known and most successful children's choirs in Israel, the Efroni Choir, which she managed and conducted from 1996 to 2005. Esther was also a major partner in conceiving and writing a Kodály Method teaching manual for music teachers in Israel. Esther moved to the UK in 2006. Since then she has been engaged as a tutor on many Kodály Courses and runs conducting and musicianship courses for choir trainers and class teachers.
Vanessa has been principle violin with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia since 1990 and has led them on many occasions including at the Barbican, Symphony Hall Birmingham and Royal Opera House. Solo work for them has included performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, while her position as principal has given her many chamber music opportunities. She has coached the National Children's Orchestra, Birmingham University Symphony Orchestra and also prepares the 1st year violinists at Birmingham Conservatoire for their orchestral exams.
Uruguayan born Gonzalo Acosta studied with Jaroslav Vanecek at the Royal College of Music and with Zakhar Bron in Germany. At 21 he became Principal Second Violin with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and subsequently Deputy Leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, followed by appearances as guest leader with several British orchestras. He was Professor and Orchestral Coach at the Royal College of Music Junior Department while remaining a member of the Dussek Piano Trio. His recordings include the Arensky trios and CD of chamber music by William Hurlestone. He gave the British premiere of Jose Serebrier's early Solo Violin Sonata, which he has performed in Europe and South America. He is Associate Leader of the English National Opera Orchestra and teaches violin and conducts at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
After graduating in music, Hugh was awarded a Worshipful Company of Musicians Scholarship to study, in London, with the eminent cellist Joan Dickson. He studied conducting with Douglas Bostock and Rodolfo Saglimbeni. Hugh enjoys a busy musical life, combining work as a conductor, freelance cellist, teacher and adjudicator. He was Head of Strings for the Music Service in Norfolk, before being appointed Head of Aylesbury Music Centre which became one of Britain's most dynamic and highly regarded Music Centres. For his service to music education in Buckinghamshire, he was awarded that county's 'Lifetime Achievement Award'.