Brahms Sextet with students at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
EARLY STUDY //
I began my studies with Lucy Akehurst, Young Strings Project Coordinator at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department. Lucy is considered one of the finest educators of young string players in the UK. She teaches using the Suzuki method in combination with regular chamber music and orchestral training. This method ensures young musicians develop both their aural and sight-reading abilities in the early stages. Lucy's pedagogical methods have been highly successful; many of her former students have gone on to have prominent careers in the profession.
WEN ZHOU LI works alongside YEHUDI MENUHIN
FURTHER STUDY //
I continued my studies with Professor Wen Zhou Li, learning with him for 9 years at both Chethams School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music. Wen Zhou studied with the renowned pedagogue Mauricio Fuks who himself studied with violin legends Leopold Auer and Ivan Galamian. A combination of this rich history of violin pedagogy and 8 years working closely with Yehudi Menuhin means that now Wen Zhou is regarded as one of the most successful violin teachers in the UK. My extended period of study with Wen Zhou ensured that I was able to benefit fully from his teaching methods. Wen Zhou works closely with his students, from the basics of violin-playing through to advanced techniques.
I am now developing my own pedagogical career teaching at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. I look to pass on the wealth of knowledge I received from Wen Zhou and to help students use these technical tools to both express more powerfully and find their own musical voice. Here at RBC I have a class of violin students, and I also coach chamber music and direct string orchestra sessions.
RBC is an exciting place to be right now. It boasts a new state-of-the-art building and benefits hugely from the leadership of both our Principal Julian Lloyd Webber and our incredibly dedicated Head of Strings Louise Lansdown. Ambition is high here; staff are committed to delivering a high quality education for students.
Prospective strings students can get excited about working with many of our visiting artists including Alina Ibragimova, Nobuko Imai, Thomas Riebl, Hannah Roberts, Raphael Wallfisch, Henning Kraggerud and Leonidas Kavokos. You can see the full list of visiting artists and find out more about studing at RBC here.
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LEONIDAS KAVOKOS Masterclass
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire