Louisa Stuber was born in London, and began learning the violin at the age of three with Felicity Lipman. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a BA (Hons) in music, she qualified as a level 5 Graduate Suzuki Teacher. She has a great deal of orchestral and chamber music experience including Irish National Youth Orchestra, Jeunesses Musicales Ireland, British Youth Opera Orchestra, Jove Orquestra Athenea, Altissimo Ensemble, and has received coaching from Benjamin Zander, Ludwig Müller, and the Spiegel and Ysaÿe Quartets. Louisa is Director and co-founder of the Little Venice Suzuki Group, and runs a busy private teaching practice in central north-west London. She also teaches at L’École Bilingue (Maida Vale), and Prospect House School (Putney). She was Chair of the London Suzuki Group teachers’ committee from 2012-2014.
She is regularly invited to teach at the LSG International Summer School at Bryanston and the BSI National Children's Suzuki Workshop. She has also taught at the following Suzuki workshops (Navarra, Spain), Kyle Suzuki Group workshop (Ayr, Scotland), Bourneville Strings workshop (Staffordshire), Book 1 Bonanza (London), and the Halloween Workshop (London).
Guillem Calvo, born in Barcelona, started his violin studies with the Suzuki teacher Albert Sàrrias. Later on he followed his musical studies at the Liceu Conservatori (Barcelona) with Evelio Tieles and finally at the Royal College of Music (London) with the violin teacher Yossi Zivoni. He also studied an Advance Course for Soloist in Lübeck (Germany) with Shmuel Ashkenazy while he became a fully qualified Suzuki teacher in 2007. Guillem has been teaching the Suzuki Method since 2004 both privately and at Southbank International School, as well as co-founding Little Venice Suzuki Group in 2007. To this date he has taught in Workshops like Ingestre Hall and Blue Coat School (Birmingham), BSI National Workshop (London) and at the LSG International Summer School at Bryanston (UK), at the Suzuki Hall (Brussels) and el Musical (Barcelona). In 2012 he volunteered with Clare Raybould’s Shining Light Suzuki Project in Goa (India), to give a Suzuki based musical opportunity to children in extreme poverty.
As a performer, he has toured Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany and England playing in different chamber groups including the Martinu Ensemble, Cre.Art Project Ensemble, Quartet Albéniz and Insieme Ensemble. He has also played with renown orchestras and conductors like Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Bertrand de Billy, Valery Gergiev in orchestras like “Orquestra de la Òpera del Liceu” or the London Symphony Orchestra with whom he has debuted as soloist in November 2007. He is currently performing with the Swan Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Helena is originally from Catalonia and studied violin in Banyoles, Barcelona, and then Salamanca before moving to London in 2003. As well as being a dedicated teacher, she enjoys exploring cross-disciplinary improvisation, and is currently training as a Feldenkrais practitioner.
She holds a BA in Music from the Liceu Conservatoire of Barcelona, and has been a member of orchestras such as JONC (Youth National Orchestra in Catalonia), Orquesta del Conservatorio Superior de Music de Salamanca (Music Conservatoire Salamanca Orchestra) and Orquestra Athenea (Girona). Her chamber music experience includes performing with ‘Quartet Albéniz’, ’Ars 5’ (Basque Country) and ’Altissimo Ensemble’ (London). Helena collaborated in recordings such as the album ‘San Gejtanu’ (London) by the composer Ian Stewart and ‘Voices of Redemption’ (London), featuring various singer-songwriters. Recent London performances include improvising live music for Russian silent movies at MAP Studio Cafe in Kentish Town, the Beatles 50th anniversary of the album 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' at the Camden Jazz Cafe, and accompanying the iconic 89 year old jazz singer Sheila Jordan at PizzaExpress Jazz Club as part of a string quartet.
From 2015-2017, Helena was an active member of the London based collective Zootrophic, an improvisational theatre company of actors, dancers and musicians, performing ‘Uncivilised’ and the immersive ‘A hundred years after Brexit’. She continues to improvise for live dance at Contact Improvisation jams. Her increased curiosity about movement and somatic practices led her in 2016 to embark on a four year Feldenkrais Method training course. For the fourth consecutive year Helena has been invited to play as a solo live music performer for movement and dance improvisation workshops in Arlequí, Banyoles (Catalonia).
Helena is a fully qualified Suzuki Method teacher accredited by the European Suzuki Association. She has been teaching in London since 2004 and has been working at Southbank International School from 2005 to the present day.
Anne Thomas is an American-born violinist living and working in London since 2000. Anne was a Suzuki student from age 5. She studied in the BMus program in the Indiana University School of Music (now the Jacobs School of Music). Subsequently she studied violin performance and chamber music at Washington University in St. Louis where she earned her B.A. Anne teaches violin in north and west London, and at Southbank International School. She performs regularly as an orchestral and chamber musician.
Juan Drown studied at Cambridge University, and completed his training at the Moscow Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music. Juan is a fully qualified Suzuki teacher on both violin and viola. He is responsible for the StAlbans Suzuki Group, and is a regular tutor in workshops across Europe. Juan gives regular viola recitals and chamber music concerts in the London area, and has performed across the UK, France, Romania, Spain, and in his homeland, the Isle of Man.
Alice Biddulph Has been enjoying teaching cello with the Suzuki Method since 2005 and is teaching both privately in Belsize Park and at the Suzuki Hub since September 2014. She is also doing some Suzuki piano accompanying for Lauderdale Suzuki Group, Little Venice Suzuki Group, BSI teacher training courses and Southbank International Hampstead School. In May 2013, Alice did Unit 1 Music Mind Games teacher training with Michiko Yurko at the Suzuki Hub and last February 2014, completed Unit 2. She finds that is a really inspiring and fun way to teach music theory.
Natasha Picard was a Suzuki pupil, back in the 1970s, starting to learn at the age of 3, with a cereal box and a ruler in place of a violin: a teeny 1/16 size violin was hard to find in those days! Everybody down up must have been imprinted in her genes, as now both daughters, Rosa and Lola, are learning with Helena.
Music has always been an important part of her life, although she studied French and Russian at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, then went on to do postgraduate studies in theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Working mainly on stage for a few years, Natasha often sang, and played violin too, sometimes also writing music for shows. Ten years ago Natasha won a postgraduate certificate in education from the Institute of Education, University of London, and has since taught young children in primary and nursery schools.
Music has always been central to her teaching, and she has been invited to train colleagues in how to teach music in the early years. To deepen her understanding of music pedagogy, Natasha trained with The Voices Foundation and took a foundation stage conducting course with Sing for Pleasure. She now combines her experience in music and drama, creating drama projects for the very young.
Alexander Knapp is a pianist, having been awarded LRAM and ARCM Diplomas; and he is also a musicologist and ethnomusicologist: graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge, with MA, MusB, PhD Degrees. He has been appointed to academic and administrative posts in Cambridge (at Wolfson College), and in London (at Goldsmiths’ College, Royal College of Music, City University, most recently at the School of Oriental and African Studies, until taking early retirement in 2006). As well as composing and arranging, teaching and lecturing, recording and broadcasting, he has performed as accompanist to singers and instrumentalists in the UK, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, and the USA. One of his special fields of interest is the music of Ernest Bloch.
Hannah is a trained Suzuki violin teacher and Suzuki Early Childhood Education teacher. Like many other Suzuki teachers, Hannah had such a positive experience growing up with the Suzuki Method that she is grateful to be able to offer it to other children and their families.
She teaches in London, with violin students at the Little Venice Suzuki Group, Lauderdale, and the Suzuki Hub, where she also gives the Suzuki Early Childhood Education lessons, and violin group classes. Elsewhere, her teaching experience includes working with SEN youth orchestras with Surrey Arts, and with young unaccompanied refugees and asylum seekers with the project ‘I Speak Music’.
In other musical activity Hannah worked as a songwriter, violinist and singer in professional rock band The Mispers, and for several years as a producer for music television show Live From Abbey Road. Today she continues to organise creative projects such as ClimateKeys concerts - concerts that invite expert climate speakers to give a short talk to prompt conversation across the audience - to help stimulate faster action on the climate and ecological emergency.
Johanna Byrne studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music and The National Opera Studio as a Peter Moores Scholar. In her career she has been active as a performer, a vocal coach, a choir leader and a vocal consultant to choirs. She has also taught singing for many years. Johanna is deeply committed to developing musicianship and an understanding of how music works in young musicians, believing this holistic approach transforms playing and performing. She is a firm advocate of the Kodaly Musicianship approach.