Violin Teachers

Teachers are listed alphabetically

Emer Calthorpe

020 7794 1905

  • Violin
  • Theory Specialist
  • All quals

 Emer Calthorpe is one of London’s most experienced violinists and teachers. Since returning to London from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra she has freelanced extensively with the major London orchestras, leading several chamber orchestras and working also in the film studios. She has performed concertos and quartets on the South Bank with her husband, the well known oboist Graham Salter. They live in Hampstead.

Continuing a family tradition that extends over 200 years, she started her teaching career with the exceptional appointment at the age of 18 as a Professor at the Irish College of Music / University College, Dublin. She teaches pupils both local and from the leading public schools, including Eton, Harrow and Radley, and was chosen as one of the founding violin tutors at London’s Centre For Young Musicians. Her pupils include several players now prominent in the London profession.

In recent years Emer has refined a ‘fast track’ programme to help gifted children attain their essential Grades in Music Theory, boosting their important school exam results. She is very pleased to join the distinguished staff at the Youth Music Centre, and hopes that her young students will benefit her varied experience and enthusiasm.

Kate Conway

07946 474 320

  • Violin
  • Flute
  • Cello 
  • Viola School

Owner, Suzuki HubLessons now available on all our instruments - no waiting list to start on violin, viola, cello or flute.  

Jane Gillie

020 7284 1737

  • Violin & Viola
  • All quals
  • Classical & all styles

Jane Gillie studied at the GSMD and Salzburg Mozarteum and has spent most of her working life playing violin, viola and baroque violin in ensembles and orchestras, including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Baroque Soloists with John Eliot Gardiner, ROH Covent Garden, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra of English National Opera at the Coliseum, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Salzburg Camerata Academica. Alongside this she has always taught, and for the last few years she has dedicated more of her life to teaching which she finds endlessly stimulating and interesting. Jane is also a teacher of the Alexander Technique and has an honours degree in Humanities from the Open University.

Natalie Holt

07753 335 582

  • Selective students only
  • Grade 5 and above  Acclaimed composer and accomplished musician. Natalie trained in composing at the National Film and Television School after studying violin at the Royal Academy of Music. Her diverse repertoire ranges from epic scores recorded with 80-piece orchestras to intimate, small ensembles and hybrid electronic scores featuring an eclectic mix of live solo instruments. To create unique sounds for each project, she draws from her large collection of instruments. As a highly accomplished musician herself, who performed at the Olympic Closing Ceremony, Natalie personally performs on most of her scores.

Rachel Maxey

07495 775 654

  • Violin / Viola
  • All Ages / Stages

I am a young teacher new to the area. I have experience teaching young children, ages 4+, especially working with beginners.

As a principal member of NYO in my teenage years, I also got the chance to be involved with coaching in workshops with other teenagers as part of the NYO inspire days. In recent years I have been guest artist with Romsey Youth Choir on tours to Italy, France and Austria, also covering a pastoral role working with the young people on the tour.

I currently study viola with Jon Thorne at Royal Academy of Music. Having grown up in a family of teachers, I am passionate about music education, something which I have continued to be involved with through outreach workshops with the Academy. My enthusiasm for music took me to Oxford university for my undergraduate degree, giving me an appreciation of music from many different perspectives which I hope to pass on to my students.

Teowa Vuong

07973 562 277

  • All Ages / Stages
  • All quals
  • All Styles

Teowa Vuong trained in Music at Dartington College of Arts, Goldsmiths and SOAS. Her violin credits include performing with Laurie Anderson at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Steve Reich at the Purcell Room, and recording at Abbey Road Studios with Moby. Her TV and film credits include Silent Witness BBC / A&E, Dalziel & Pascoe and alongside Tim Robbins in Code 46 (dir Michael Winterbottom). As a stage actress she has worked with The Race by Gecko Theatre Company (Battersea Arts Centre), Take Away by Mulan Theatre Company (The Lyric, Hammersmith) and The Warp directed by Ken Campbell, and her musical theatre credits include La Strada.

As an inspirational violin teacher Teowa has developed her own teaching methodology, and was recently awarded a full Scholarship at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She strongly believes in helping children find and develop a passion for music. Through her charity, Sponsor A Violin, she ensures that her workshops are accessible to all. Teowa's goal is to use music as a tool for peacebuilding and social change within the community. Those who know her would agree that Teowa’s most notable feature is her laugh, which has been described as a cross between Basil Brush and a warthog on heat.

Zlatko Dimitrov Velichkov

  • Violin, Viola, Piano
  • All styles
  • All ages
  • All quals

Zlatko has performed internationally in variety of guises, since finishing his music education at State Academy of Music, Bulgaria. He was a soloist as a violin and viola player of the State Philharmonic Orchestra, Shoumen,Bulgaria, State Philharmonic Orchestra, Varna, Bulgaria, The Academy Symphony Orchestra, Sofia , Bulgaria, National Military Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria, Leicester Simphonia,UK,Tunisian National Symphony Orchestra and Cairo Symphony Orchestra and has performedMax Bruch double concerto for Violin and Viola(Viola),Gustav Holst Lyric movement for Viola and small orchestra,  Bartoc’s Viola concerto, Penderecky’s Viola concerto, Telemann’s Viola concerto, Saint-Saens’s Violin concerto, Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote Viola solo part.
Zlatko is a very active chamber musician performing with different chamber groups including London Schubert Players String Quartet, Mici String Quartet, Orama Encemble, International Chamber Collegiums, Cairo.

He has also performed with pianist Todor Petrov recitals around Tunisia, including a concert for the International Conference of States members of NATO for Mediterranean region at The State Opera House, Tunis, Tunisia.

Zlatko is also an active orchestra player. He was a principal viola at Cairo Symphony Orchestra, visiting principal viola at Tunisian National Symphony Orchestra, principal viola at London Schubert Players, principal viola at Trinity College Symphony Orchestra, viola rank and file at Sofia Philharmonic, 1st violin rank and file at Varna Philharmonic Orchestra and freelance player (Royal Concert & Pops Orchestra, Oxford Symphony Orchestra-principal viola, British Chamber Orchestra, British Youth Opera, London Philharmonia).

As a Jazz player Zlatko has experience as a bass guitarist and jazz violinist with the Nile River Band, Cairo-performing at Cairo Opera House (1997) and touring around Egypt. Zlatko was recorded with Colt Hurb for Z-omo ”Manhattan-…then zero”.

One important part of Zlatko’s musical life is teaching. He was a Assistant Prof. Upper Strings & Chamber Music at Institut Suppereur de Musique de Sousse, Tunisia, Upper String teacher at British International School, Cairo, Violin teacher at Suzuki School, Cairo, Upper Strings teacher at Tees Valley Music Service, Upper Strings teacher at Cocethorpe School, King’s School, Oxford ,Conductor of Youth String Orchestra Red Car & Cleveland,Camden Music Service and Ealing Music Service. 

Zlatko is a winner Audience Price-Nirbator’s Music Festival, Hungary, First Price-National music Competition ”Svetoslav Obretenov”, Bulgaria, First Price-National Music Military Competition, Bulgaria. Zlatko completed his degree at State Music School, Varna (Violin,Viola and Piano), State Music Academy, Bulgaria (Violin, Viola and Piano)-BA(Hons) MA(Hons),Trinity College of Music, London(Viola performance)- LTCL& PGC. He also attended master classes with Prof. Uta Vince( Dresden Music academy),Prof. Gardfield Jackson (Endelion String Quartet and RMAL),Michael Bochman (Bocman String Quartet and TCML). Zlatko also finished a conducting course with Maestro Peter Stark (TCML and RCML). At the moment Zlatko Velichkov is teaching as a Violin,Viola, Piano Teacher and Conductor of Youth string orchestra for the Every Child a Musician (ECaM),Newham, Halcyon international school, London, School 21,Stratford, London.