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.
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!
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.
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.
Ross Tollefson is an energetic guitar, piano, and horn teacher from Washington D.C. Ross earned his B.A. in Music from Illinois Wesleyan University, USA. After moving to Germany three years ago, Ross has enjoyed teaching music in Munich and Augsburg.
As a young child he took piano lessons, and gradually transitioned to guitar, trumpet, and horn through his teenage years. Growing up in a musical family with three brothers always provided opportunities to play duets and chamber music at all hours of the day.
In America, Ross taught for 10 years in the Washington D.C. area in various classroom settings in addition to teaching as a private instructor. In addition to private lessons in piano, guitar, and horn, Ross has taught music theory and music appreciation classes. Ross believes that a musical education should be fun and rewarding so that the student is more receptive to learning. He understands that every student learns differently and is motivated by different things, so each lesson is tailored to the individual student. Ross enjoys sharing his joy of music with students of all ages.
Dimitrios Zervas comes from Athens. Dimitrios' musical journey began at the age of five, when the enchanting notes of the piano captivated his heart at a concert by Evgeny Kissin. Since then, music has been an inseparable part of his life. Guided by early inspirations such as Brendel and Gulda, his formal education with Professor Yannis Hallecker in Athens paved the way for a distinguished master's degree in piano performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. His debut at Birmingham's Symphony Hall was a milestone, which led to performances all over Europe. Now based in Munich, he offers piano lessons, prioritising individuality, imagination and the development of technical skills, adapting lessons to various ages and levels, and preparing students for exams and auditions in several languages.