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Joe Bickerstaff

Joe Bickerstaff

Instruments: Piano

Jazz pianist Joe plays the swinging styles of mainstream, bebop & cool jazz, interspersed with blues, funk, stride and soul. He is equally happy teaching traditional piano as well as more modern idioms, including pop and improvisation. He performs frequently in many London hotels and clubs (The Dorchester, Claridges, The Langham & The Four Seasons etc) as lounge pianist and in jazz groups. Joe has worked and toured extensively in four of the five continents, accompanies several choirs, runs workshops and particularly enjoys working with singers. He is a UCL Philosophy graduate and majored in Aesthetics (in particular studying how music and the emotions are connected).

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Jason Charles-Nelson

Jason Charles-Nelson

Instruments: Piano

I am a professional musical director and composer, specialising primarily in tonal music and soundscape design. My works are rather eclectic, in that there is no commonly occurring theme amongst them in terms of style or genre. Having had the opportunity to gain plenty of experience from working in my specialist field whilst studying for my bachelors degree, I have rapidly acquired a vast amount of skills and music-related knowledge, particularly from a creative and performance-related perspective.

Primarily a skilled pianist, I have been fortunate enough to tour with various ensembles, performing in countries across Europe and the Caribbean, on renowned stages such as the Royal Albert Hall and ITV's “The X Factor”.

With an advanced understanding of the capabilities of varying instruments, I am capable of operating within any musical genre to a high level of proficiency, as well as directing performers and ensembles in the same manner.

Thanks to years of experience in learning to operate music production software such as Logic Pro (and Pro Tools), I am fully adept at autonomously carrying out the recording process by way of digital production, an invaluable skill in this modern age of music. My experience in teaching and tutoring various students has greatly aided my ability to communicate ideas in a clear, comprehensible manner, a skill which further qualifies me as a capable director, along with my immediate work history in musical theatre.

www.nelsonmusic.co.uk 

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Rea Qunta

Rea Qunta

Instruments: Piano

Rea Qunta is a songwriter, pianist, singer and teacher with many years of musical experience in a wide range of fields.

She graduated in 2008 with a BA (Hons) Music from the University of Salford. During her time as a student she experienced a most eclectic education in music including classical voice lessons, jazz harmony and improvisation, brass bands, commercial music writing, recording and musical theatre. 

Since gaining a Post Graduate certificate of Music from Middlesex University in 2011 Rea has taught in a variety of sessions- primary whole class, small group summer schools and as a peripatetic teacher both in schools and privately in Manchester, Kent and London.

Currently Rea sings in Latin crossover band ‘Diaspora’ having recently performed at the Jazz Café, London. She has released an EP of her own songs called ‘8 Hours’ and performs her own piano/vocal covers.

Rea is fascinated by the different ways people learn and likes to create a fun environment for students to learn the piano and explore music! 

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Evita Sfakianaki

Evita Sfakianaki

Instruments: Piano

Evita Sfakianaki started learning the piano at the age of 7. She also studied Musicology at the ‘University of Athens’ in Greece and holds diplomas in Advanced Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue. In 2003 she graduated from the ’Kodaly Conservatory and Institute’ where she got her Piano Diploma in Performance with Distinction and got awarded with the ’First Prize’ and a ’Special Award’. She continued her studies at the ’Ecole Normale de Musique’ Alfred Cortot’ in Paris and in the summer of 2006 she got her Masters in Piano Performance (MMus) from the National Conservatory of Greece with ‘Distinction’. In September of that same year Evita was awarded with the ‘Vardinogiannis Scholarship’ to continue her studies at the ‘Royal Academy of Music’ in London, where she completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Performance and also the LRAM (Teaching Diploma) at the same school.

Among many other of her performances in London Evita has also performed at the Royal Festival Hall. She had master classes with some of the world’s greatest pianists and also attended many piano festivals in Europe. She is currently performing around London and she is a piano teacher for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

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Harmin Sjercic

Harmin Sjercic

Instruments: Piano

Harmin studied piano performance at the Sarajevo Music Academy where he gave many recitals. Since he came to London he has taught piano both privately and within schools and adult education institutions. Harmin has a Master of Music Therapy from the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre in London and works as a music therapist with children within the autistic spectrum, adults with learning difficulties and also with mainstream schools, working with children in exclusion unit

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