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.


Clare Connors


  • Violin
  • Piano
  • Theory

Clare has a friendly and approachable style of teaching and enjoys teaching at all levels, from beginners to advanced students. She welcomes students of all ages, children and adults.Lessons are tailor made to meet an individual student’s needs and aspirations.

With over 30 years experience she has guided students through to professional careers in music through the pathway of ABRSM, Trinity and Diploma level exams. Clare has also taught music to students that enjoy their music learning, whether using it for their own development, entertainment, relaxation or as a way to share with and meet other likeminded people.

She has worked in schools, with private students and conducted groups and run ensembles in her teaching capacity. She currently runs an online theory group and an adult string ensemble. Clare is also a performing musician and composer and has collaborated with world class musicians in many music genres from classical to pop, rock, folk, world and jazz.


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.

Helen Klopot


Violin and viola
Piano beginner and intermediate level.
WhatsApp/phone - 07306787903 
Helen has extensive experience as a professional violinist, and has enjoyed a successful and varied career performing and teaching worldwide. 
Today, she is a passionate and dedicated teacher, with a patient and supportive attitude. 
Since her move now back to the UK Helen has been teaching in London and Surrey. 
She continues her life-long passion to share the joy of the violin  with others. She typically sees students face to face or online once or twice a week, and develops a learning plan for each student individually, based on their experience and unique ambitions. She enjoys teaching children from the age of 7, through to adults and seniors. 
Helen prides herself on developing confidence in her students, and always encourages fun and creativity through music.
She also teaches piano for beginner and intermediate level. 
    Helen was educated in the world-renowned Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow in the 80’s, where she graduated with a masters in pedagogy (teaching), chamber music performance as well as orchestral solo performance. She went on to hold several teaching posts alongside her performance career, at conservatories and music academies.
    Around 2001, Helen moved with her family to the UK, where she was the lead soloist with the Wimbledon Orchestra in London, as well as the First & Lead Violinist with the North Staffs Symphony Orchestra in Staffordshire, UK. Throughout this time, Helen continued teaching, preparing students of all abilities for exams and informal performances.



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.



Ralitsa Naydenova


M: 07791779291




I am a professional violinist and violist as well as a private music tutor. My experience as a music teacher extends for over a decade by far. I am very passionate about teaching especially bringing the students to their highest artistic standard. I am working in the music department as a violin and viola teacher at Hampton Court House (

All the pupils that I have taught proven to be successful and become  passionate about music. Additionally, I organise concerts for my private class at least twice a year so all the pupils can experience the stage performance, sharing their music making with family, friends and music lovers. 

I am available to get on board more students interested playing either the violin or the viola. 

Moreover, a bit more information about myself. I studied at Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where I obtained three master degrees. I am an extra player in London Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a member of Veles Ensemble, a chamber ensemble( ). 

I am a member of an active member of Music Union and I possess active enhanced DBS Check and LRAM (Licentiate of Royal Academy of Music) teaching Diploma. 

If you are interested to hear some recordings of me playing , you can check also my YouTube channel following this link:



Gabriela Opacka


Gabriela is a violinist working with London Philharmonic Orchestra and other professional ensembles. Over the past years she has approached music education from both a theoretical and practical point of view. During her time at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she attended the Teaching Skills Course. In 2016, being a member of Southbank Sinfonia enabled her to gain experience working with children, mentoring young musicians at Glyndebourne, Vaughan Memorial School and Thomas's Battersea School. She has also graduated from Pedagogical Studies at Academy of Music in Cracow (2014), which included Psychology, Pedagogy, Didactics, Voice Projection, Violin Teaching Methods and Internship at Music School as a Violin Teacher.  Among her recent teaching experiences, she gave masterclasses at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music, working with musicians of the Penderecki Youth Orchestra. During the same period, she taught musicians of the NOR59 Strykeinstitutt Orchestra in Oslo. Since 2018 she has been tutoring violin students at the Warsaw Chopin University of Music as a part of her doctoral studies. Recently has been selected to be an Ambassador with the Benedetti Foundation in London.

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Zlatko Dimitrov Velichkov

    • Violin, Viola, Piano
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.