CATERINA TOSO graduated in piano and completed her Masters Degree in Piano Performance with highest grades and honours at the Conservatorio of Alessandria (Italy). She received many awards for competing in national and international competition and she had the chance to perform as a soloist and in ensemble formations in several cities in the north of Italy, France and Rome. Caterina has been teaching the piano for almost ten years, both to children and adults. She’s a certified teacher for the Suzuki and Willems method, and she has also attended workshops on the Gordon’s Music Learning Theory at Highbury Park Music. In 2018 she also collaborated on the project AMI (Inclusive Music Activity) helping people with physical and mental disabilities express and connect while playing in small orchestra groups.
SOFIA DOUKLIA is a Greek musician and early years educator, with an MA in Music Education (Kingston University), a Ba in Preschool Education, holding a certificate in Music therapy (Opera music school-Athens and short courses from Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy centre, Croydon). She’s also a professional singer and currently she works as a music education assistant and a choir director (4-12 years old children).
TIZIANA POZZO Music therapist, educator and pianist, Tiziana has collaborated for years with educational institutions (from nurseries to universities) on music projects in Italy, Spain and the UK. Tiziana graduated in piano from the Music Conservatoire in Venice and in Music Therapy in Padova (Italy). She specialised attending courses in Italy and abroad in the development of children and their natural understanding of music. In 2016 she started collaborating with Creative Futures and University College London for different research. She is one of the co-founders of Highbury Park Music and Music Tree. She also works in the UK and abroad running CPD courses for teachers, educators and music therapists.
MICHAEL ROTHMAN I’m a multi-instrumentalist, music producer and Alexander Technique teacher from Brazil. I play flute, drum kit, percussion, as well as piano, guitar, bass, and beatbox. Focusing on our thinking process and emotional expression, Iʼm always looking for enjoyment and purpose in my students’ practice. My whole focus is teaching the kids how to think music, how to perceive thinks better and more clearly in a fun environment. I believe that freedom comes through the ability to express ourself and that we can use music as a tool for personal development. Attitude plays a very important part of our lives, and music is a great platform to explore that asset that is usually put in second place in everyday activities. Creativity and exploration are a big part of my lessons, through learning how to improvise, exploring different musical phrases, or creating new rhythms for songs and exercises. Above all, the love for music is what connects and permeates everything else, thatʼs the drive for a rich and enhancing musical experience.
VINCENZO DI FRANCESCO is a pianist, composer and orchestrator. Born in Italy, he was trained from a young age in classical and jazz piano. He attended the Conservatoire J. Tomadini. After his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano, which was achieved with First Class Honours, he moved to London where he attended the Royal College of Music. There, he was awarded a Master of Composition in Composition for Screen with distinction. As a composer, he has worked on a wide range of productions (short movies, web series, documentaries, ads, corporate videos, animations, feature films, theatre productions, and more) working with directors from all over the world. As an orchestrator, he has often assisted Shane Rutherfoord-Jones on multiple Hollywood productions (Gemini Man, Bad Boys For Life) as well as television productions (Netflix, BBC, HBO). As a pianist, he has played live and as a session musician with many different Italian bands and ensembles as well as with the Royal College of Music’s Jazz Big Band on multiple occasions. He’s been teaching classical and modern piano, music theory, composition and music production since 2012, working with students of all ages and nationalities.