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Piano/ Harpsichord Teacher in Willesden Green/West Hampstead-Ian Peter

Ian Peter Bugeja Classical Piano Teacher (North West London)

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  • Willesden Green (NW2) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 14 Feb 2018
  • Sex: Male
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  • Can Travel To: Barnet, Camden, City of London, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster
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  • Professional Qualification B.A. (Hons.) in Music
  • Professional Qualification MMus in Orchestral & Opera Conducting
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Yes
  • Professional Membership 'Les Bougies Baroques'
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Personal Message
I am a conductor, keyboard player (harpsichord/fortepiano/pianoforte), and vocal and chamber music coach based in Central London, currently pursuing Doctoral studies in historical performance at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach conducting, keyboard (harpsichord/fortepiano/pianoforte), vocal and chamber music coaching, as well as music theory and musicianship skills.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I read for a B.A. (Hons.) in Music, as well as an MMus in Orchestral and Opera conducting (at the University of Malta and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama respectively). I am currently pursuing my doctoral studies in historical performance on the DMus course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. I am also a holder of the following musical diplomas: DipABRSM, ALCM, BMusLSM, and a Diploma in conducting from the 'Peter the Great Music Academy' (St. Petersburg, Russia).
What kind of experience do you have?
As a keyboard player, I have performed throughout the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, and was also a prize-winner for some piano competitions on the continent. I specialise in historical performance, regularly taking on the double role of conductor and soloist with various seventeenth and eighteenth-century keyboard (harpsichord/fortepiano) concertos; I also conduct most early instrumental music and operas from the keyboard.

I am the founder of my own touring period instrument ensemble ('Les Bougies Baroques'), which I founded to perpetuate the work of the great historical performance pioneers. In the past, I have worked with a number of acclaimed groups and orchestras that include the 'St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra', 'Malta Philharmonic Orchestra', 'Orion Symphony Orchestra', 'RWCMD Chamber Orchestra', 'REPCo Orchestra', and the ‘Wales International Academy of Voice (Saturday Academy)’. Operas in which I have featured as main conductor and assistant conductor include Mozart’s 'Der Schauspieldirektor' (Teatru Manoel – Notte Bianca Festival, September 2012), Salieri’s 'Prima la musica e poi le parole' (Teatru Manoel – Notte Bianca Festival, September 2012), Johann Strauss’s 'Die Fledermaus' (RWCMD, March 2011), Mozart’s 'Le Nozze di Figaro' (RWCMD, March 2012), Puccini’s 'Madama Butterfly' (Mid-Wales Opera, September 2011), the Mascagni-Leoncavallo 'Cavalleria Rusticana' and 'Pagliacci' double-bill (Teatru Manoel, March 2013), and Gluck's 'Il Parnaso Confuso' (Wilton's Music Hall, August 2015).

In the past, I have been responsible for musically preparing internationally-acclaimed countertenor Max Cencic in Vienna in anticipation of the release of his new album ‘Venezia’ with the record-label Virgin (this album was released in January 2013); I have also performed for HRH Prince Edward of Windsor, Earl of Wessex, and other distinguished guests at Palazzo Parisio in Malta for a World Fellows dinner (Duke of Edinburgh event). In December 2013, I also had the unique chance of performing with the renowned 'Academy of Ancient Music' in a ‘side-by-side’ concert, while in January 2014 I closed the ‘Valletta International Baroque Festival’ with 'Les Bougies Baroques' in a concert showcasing the ‘Villains and Lovers’ from the operas of Rameau and Handel.
How much do you charge?
I charge £30 per hour (with the exception of A-level Music, GCSE Music, Music Theory Exams, and Musicianship – for which I charge £25), and offer consultation lessons at a reduced price of £20 per hour for lessons usually charged at £30 and £15 for lessons usually charged at £25. In London, extra fees apply for travelling outside of Zone 1 (£5 extra per travel zone).
Where do you teach?
I teach primarily at students' homes in Central London; travelling further afield is of course a possibility (extra fees apply for travel outside of Zone 1 in London at £5 extra per travel zone outside of Zone 1). Should teaching at students' homes not be a possibility due to lack of instrument availability, etc., I would be able to book a studio with a piano in Central London, which would cost a further £10-£15 per hour (depending on what time of day the lesson is booked for, due to different pricing by venues who offer studios for teaching).
When are you available?
I am available after 4pm on Mondays, and very flexible for the rest of the week (including weekends); seasonal variations such as school holidays are dependent on my other performing commitments, although I am very flexible in this regard as well.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages and all levels (from graded exams to GCSEs and A-levels, and up to conservatoire/professional level).
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I mainly prepare students for graded exams (ABRSM, Trinity, etc.), GCSEs, and A-levels.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
'Les Bougies Baroques' (touring period instrument ensemble for which I am the Founder and Executive Director).
Where and with whom did you train?
I am a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where I read for an MMus in orchestral and opera conducting under the tutelage of conductor-in-residence David Jones. I previously studied piano and theory of music with Maria Dolores Amodio and Stephanie Quintano Lauri respectively, before furthering my musical studies at the University of Malta – reading for a B.A. (Hons.) degree in Music (major in piano performance and conducting), mainly studying with Michael Laus.

I have also been tutored in conducting opera by Australian opera conductor Richard Divall, as well as in conducting symphonic repertoire by Jonathan Butcher, Neil Thomson, and Toby Purser. I am currently pursuing my doctoral studies in historical performance on the DMus course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London under the tutelage of John Irving and Biranda Ford.