Tatiana Lola Arriola (co-founder of International Music School, Munich and International Music Camp, Munich) is a passionate, experienced guitar teacher and musician from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lola acquired her Diploma Degree in classical Guitar and Theory in Argentina. She also took several private lessons for electric Guitar with recognized Argentinian musicians/teachers in the genres of Jazz (harmony and improvisation), Blues, Rock and more. In Summer 2019 she completed her Performance Jazz Diploma with the London College of Music and in 2020 she completed her Associated Jazz Diploma with the London College of Music.
Lola’s teaching method is “Simultaneous learning”. The basis of this method is learning different musical aspects (including notation, sight-reading, rhythm, aural skills, improvisation, theory, composition, songs/pieces) simultaneously and most importantly having fun in the process. Lola is a very passionate teacher and loves working with students of all ages.
Isabelle Fahy (co-founder of International Music School, Munich and International Music Camp, Munich) is a violinist and passionate teacher from Sligo, Ireland. She qualified with a first class honours degree (Bachelor of Music in Pedagogy) in 2011, from the Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin. She was awarded the “Nuala Levins” trophy for the highest mark in her major of pedagogy. Since finishing her studies, she has been teaching freelance in different classroom contexts. As well as individual lessons in violin and cello, she has experience teaching and conducting student orchestras and teaching classes of music theory and Kindermusik. Isabelle is a very passionate teacher and loves working with children of all ages. Her lessons focus on all aspects of music and her aim is to create an open and friendly learning environment for her students. She understands that every student is different, so she combines various teaching methods, including “Colour Strings” and the “Kodály” method, depending on the learning style of her students. Isabelle has been working in St. George’s since 2014.
Clara Biller was born in Munich and started playing the violin at the age of 7. She holds an undergraduate degree in instrumental teaching from the Hochschule fur Musik Würzburg, Germany. In 2014 she moved to the UK to continue her studies with Louise Lansdown at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. After graduating she was offered the position of Music Tutor Fellow at King Solomon Academy, London, and has since worked as a violin and viola teacher at Highgate School, London, Camden Music Service, London and the North London Conservatoire. Since September 2018 she teaches violin and viola at the Städtische Sing- und Musikschule München. Clara is an enthusiastic music teacher and enjoys working with students of different ages in both group and individual settings. She has studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics, the Kodály Method and is currently training to become a Colourstrings violin teacher. Clara has performed regularly at the Würzburg Mozart Festival and has been on tour to Chile, France, South Korea, South Africa, Egypt and Oman with various ensembles, including the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, the German-Franco Youth Orchestra, "Jeunesses Musicales" and the Munich Percussion Ensemble. In November 2014 she played at the 42nd International Viola Congress in Porto, Portugal, opening the concert with Sally Beamish’s “Ariel” for solo viola.
Hannah Joy Bowden grew up in a musical home where music was appreciated and integrated into every day life. In high school, she participated in local and state piano competitions.
She performed her first solo vocal recital at the age of 17. Hannah attened Toccoa Falls College in the United States and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Music, concentrating in Vocal Performance and with a secondary focus in piano.
She has taught piano and voice lessons for ten years both independently and in a studio setting. She has also participated in several choirs and singing groups. Some highlights of those experiences were singing for a Disney Event and singing at the White House's Christmas openhouse. In her music lessons, Hannah aims to facilitate a fun, encouraging environment for her students. She greatly enjoys teaching all ages and seeks to creatively share her love for music with her students.
Philipp Etti started his musical career quite young. His first instrument is the drum kit but he also plays several other instruments. He has played with some of Germany's finest jazz musicians, such as Peter Brötzmann, Wolfgang Lackerschmid and Otto Wolters. Philipp completed his studies in Music Education, Psychology, Logic and Theory of Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich and graduated with an M.A. in 2009. During his studies he was promoted to assistant professor and lecturer of logic at the LMU Department of Paedagogy. Invited and supported by Mr Joe Viera, professor of jazz at the LMU, he joined the Burghausen jazz scene playing with Mr Viera's big band and accompanying Mr Ignaz Dinné’s ensemble. In 2009 Mr Etti founded "DrumShip" and from then on has been working as a self-employed drum teacher. Alongside this, he finished his further studies in mediation at the FU Hagen in mid-2015. Since 2017 Mr Etti teaches as associate professor for musical ensemble practice in the MUZA programme at the KSFH Munich.
Iro Fytraki is an experienced piano and music theory teacher, as well as a recital musician. Her teaching experience in piano and music theory spans 15 years. During the 19 years of her music studies, she has acquired the Diploma and Postgraduate Degree in Piano, as well as the Diplomas of all Music Theory levels, including Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and Music Composition and Conducting, all with highest honours. In the last 10 years, she has participated in several concerts, either as a soloist or as a music composer of her own original works of contemporary music and score for films. In parallel with her music projects. Iro has always been very passionate about teaching music to students of all ages, mostly children who are eager to explore and develop their own potential in music and culture. Iro is constantly striving to provide her students with strong music foundations, while also making lessons attractive and easy-going to the students themselves. Her competence in teaching children is constantly enhanced by supplementing the curriculum with original, self-prepared material, customized to the individual requirements and understanding level of her students.
Susanne Glass is a saxophonist and an enthusiastic teacher of all ages. As a child she started with flute and piano, and in addition took up the saxophone as a teenager. She graduated with a Masters degree from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich, where she majored in music education and minored in musicology and psychology. She continued her studies in 'Klassisches Saxofon' with André Legros at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich and in cooperation with the Hochschule für Musik Nuremberg-Augsburg. She graduated with a diploma as an instrumental teacher. She also attended master classes with Federico Mondelci and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet.
Susanne enjoys performing with various chamber music ensembles and plays in a saxophone quartet and in various orchestras. During her lessons, in addition to conveying musical and technical skills, she teaches children and adults alike, the importance of the enjoyment of music and of music making. Practicing can also be a lot of fun!
Sezgin Inceel is singer-songwriter and teaching artist based in Munich, Germany. During his studies he had the chance to improve his skills in singing, piano, classical guitar, flute and music theory. He sang with the musical company ‘Ladies and Gentlemen Istanbul‘ from Turkey, as a part of which he performed with various artists, such as Sezen Aksu, Sertab Erener, Ferhat Göçer and Alessandro Safina. He was involved in international/multicultural musical/non-musical projects in different countries, such as in Hungary, Spain, Denmark, France, Estonia, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Latvia. In 2010 he won a scholarship to be a music teacher in Munich, which soon after became his home. In 2017 he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. He continues his career by being involved in different music projects as a singer, researching/writing about music-language relationship and transcultural music education as well as teaching music.
Peter Kalmar is a passionate pianist from Slovakia. He was accepted at age 13 to study at the renowned Zilina Conservatoire in Slovakia and finished his studies with a first class honours in his subject. Peter then went on to study at the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff, working towards a Masters in Music with Richard MacMahon. During this time he regularly performed as a soloist in Europe and the UK and has attended masterclasses and played for top musicians, such as Julian Jacobson, Bernard Roberts, Martin Jones, Natalia Michailidou, Penny Roskell, John Rink and Leon McCawley. He currently teaches as a private tutor and piano specialist. Peter's lessons provide music education and piano lessons for enthusiastic individuals who like to get inspired and motivated. He teaches children and adults of all ages. Peter is very passionate about giving the complete musical experience to students and aims to nurture the musical talents of the young and the young heart.
Peter was also involved in many community projects and music workshops, including the Palestine Children Relief Fund in both UAE and Lebanon, and many other educational projects. He regularly travelled to Cambodia to support the Green Gecko Project where he was responsible for the music education of kids who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Riccardo Lovatto trained as a classical guitarist but quickly developed an interest in jazz, blues and improvised music. After graduating with a bachelor in Jazz, he continued his studies and completed a masters degree in Jazz Guitar and Live Performance. In 2014, he moved to Tokyo where he began performing in jazz clubs, festivals and other events. He toured Japan and Italy to promote his first album, "Shinnen". In 2018, the album was placed at number 42 in the catagory "Top 300 All Genre" in the South Korean charts (Deezer.com). He managed the performance schedule at the jazz bar, Motif, at the Tokyo Four Seasons hotel. He also performed there on a weekly basis for over a year, prior to moving back to Europe.
In Tokyo, he taught guitar at The American Guitar Academy and he also led seminars at Osaka University for Fine Arts.
Parallel to his career as a performer and teacher, Riccardo developed a keen interest in composition. In 2015, he became musical director and composer for the theatrical show, "LatinoAmericando". This show, with its orchestra, dancers and actors, will continue with its fourth edition in 2019 and it is growing in success throughout Japan. In 2019, he composed the music for "Mirabilia Naturae", the first original production by the well-known "Teatro No'hma" in Milan. Riccardo is also currently working as music producer and composer for several artists and projects all over the globe, as well as performing live concerts around Europe.
Helen Mather is a pianist and dedicated piano teacher and music educator. She started playing piano at the age of six before later taking up the clarinet and singing. While playing in multiple orchestras and singing in choirs Helen's love of music developed, however it was the piano which really captured her interest. She studied Music in her hometown of Perth, Australia, majoring in classical performance. This was then followed by an Honours degree which involved both piano performance and research. Over the last two years Helen completed her Masters in Music Education at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich.
Although Helen's training is primarily in the area of classical music, she is also fascinated with a wide array of musical styles and took lessons in jazz piano while studying her Bachelor. Helen loves playing in chamber ensembles and working as an accompanist, however, she is most passionate about music education and teaching young musicians. Her main goal as a teacher is to help her students discover which areas of music interest them the most and to have fun in the process!
Richard Petz R. is currently pursuing his Masters of Music degree at the Hochschule for Musik und Theater, München under Prof. Wolfram Arndt. Previous to his Masters degree, he completed his Bachelor of Music studies at Mannes College of Music in New York, where he studied with the most respected trombone professors. He has held the Solo Trombone position at the Bavarian Police Orchestra. He has performed with distinguished ensembles such as the Finnish Radio Orchestra, and the Münchner Bach Orchester, in venues like the world famous Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Philharmonie am Gasteig.
Previously Richard was also a member of the New York Youth Symphony for two years. When he is not playing trombone he enjoys teaching his students. He has held masterclasses for brass students in Spain and Hungary.
Simone Wagner was born in Rosenheim and started playing the piano at the age of six before taking up the electric guitar at the age of 12. After attending several courses at “Deutsche Pop” she started her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. In addition to her main subject (Jazz Guitar), she took piano, bass and singing lessons and graduated in 2020, with a secondary school teaching degree. Simone’s musical roots lie in Blues, Pop, Rock and Jazz music and she’s keen to inspire her students to explore the endless possibilities of the guitar in terms of genre and style. As a qualified and experienced teacher, she offers individualised lessons including the personal interests of her students.
As a performer, she has been part of many different musical projects, including several Big Bands and a Pink Floyd tribute show. In addition to her performing and teaching careers, she’s constantly working on developing her musical skills by attending different Jazz workshops all over Germany, one of them being the “International Jazz Workshop” in Erlangen.