I am a cellist based in London, available for session work, concerts or cello tutoring.
BIOGRAPHY: Roxanna Albayati is a freelance cellist based in London, UK, who immerses herself both as a performing cellist and cello tutor. Having completed a BMus as Goldsmiths, University of London, and with over 10 years of performing experience, Roxanna is a flexible and diverse musician. Whilst at Goldsmiths, Roxanna specialised in classical performance under the supervision of Rebecca Turner and Danny Driver, as well as music education under Maria Krivensky. Roxanna has participated in master-classes with cellists such as Alexander Ivashkin, Nicolas Altstaedt, Oliver Coates, and is currently training under Natalia Pavlutskaya. Roxanna's greatest interest in performance lies in contemporary classical music. Through working with local composers and contemporary ensembles, she has become exposed and heavily involved in this part of the music world. She finds working with composers and pushing her own boundaries of performance highly exciting, and is always searching for new forms of style and preformative expression. Roxanna is the principal cellist of the New Music Ensemble, and is a recent member of the London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra. She has played in contemporary music conferences at Goldsmiths, as well as the University of Surrey, and often performs in art galleries across London. As an avid performer, Roxanna's interests are not bound to one style; her further styles of playing include classical, rock, pop and Russian folk music. She regularly performs in small chamber groups for private events across London, and is also a member of the Collaborative Orchestra and the London Shostakovitch Orchestra. Roxanna has performed in venues such as, the Grosvenor House Hotel, the Coronet Theatre, Two Temple Place, St. John's Smith Square and the Southbank Centre. TUTORING: Roxanna's second specialism is in music education, providing tuition for the cello and music theory. She has a very open-minded and flexible approach to teaching; she will train her students thoroughly, whilst her main aim is to inspire students, driving them to improve and truly enjoy playing the cello and understanding music. In 2016, Roxanna co-founded the tutoring service Musikademi - a platform which pairs students with their ideal music tutors. Roxanna also teaches privately, as well as in schools across London (incl. London Borough of Southwark, London Borough of Redbridge and Dulwich), where she teaches a wide range of ages and abilities - from age 5 to adult learners, from absolute beginners to post-grade 8 standard. Her lessons are tailored to suit each individuals needs, from working towards an exam, to learning for your own leisure. Exam preparation includes ABRSM grade exams, as well as GCSE and A-Level music performance exams, for which her students have a 100% pass rate. Please contact Roxanna for a full CV, references and recordings, or if you are interested in lessons.
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