About

[biography]

Roxanna Albayati is a freelance cellist based in London, UK, who immerses herself both as a performing cellist and cello tutor. Having completed a BMus as Goldsmiths, University of London, and with over 10 years of performing experience, Roxanna is a flexible and diverse musician. As of September 2018, Roxanna will begin an MA in Performance and Music Education at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Whilst at Goldsmiths, Roxanna specialised in classical performance under the supervision of Rebecca Turner and Danny Driver, as well as music education under Maria Krivensky. Roxanna has participated in master-classes with cellists such as Alexander Ivashkin, Nicolas Altstaedt, Oliver Coates, and is currently training under Natalia Pavlutskaya.

Roxanna's greatest interest in performance lies in contemporary classical music. Through working with local composers and contemporary ensembles, she has become exposed and heavily involved in this part of the music world. She finds working with composers and pushing her own boundaries of performance highly exciting, and is always searching for new forms of style and preformative expression. Roxanna is the principal cellist of the New Music Ensemble as well as the London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra. She has played in contemporary music conferences at Goldsmiths, as well as the University of Surrey, and often performs in art galleries across London.

As an avid performer, Roxanna's interests are not bound to one style; her further styles of playing include classical, rock, pop and Russian folk music. She regularly performs in small chamber groups for private events across London, and is also a member of the Collaborative Orchestra and the London Shostakovitch Orchestra. Roxanna has performed in venues such as, the Grosvenor House Hotel, the Coronet Theatre, Two Temple Place, St. John's Smith Square and the Southbank Centre.

[experience]

Orchestral:

  • London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra
  • London Shostakovich Orchestra
  • New London Opera Group
  • Goldsmiths Chamber Orchestra
  • Goldsmiths Sinfonia
  • Kings College Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Opera Gold
  • Philharmonia Britanica
  • Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra

Festivals and Conferences:

  • Cheltenham Music Festival
  • Compositional Aesthetics and Political Conference
  • LSE Russian Business Week Gala
  • Sounds Between Festival
  • Tete a Tete: The Opera Festival
  • Zealous X Festival

Chamber Music:

  • New Music Ensemble
  • Goldsmiths Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • 840 Concert Series

Side by Side Projects:

  • The Amadè Players
  • Beijing Central Conservatory
  • Southbank Sinfonia

[teaching]

Roxanna's second specialism is in music education, providing tuition for the cello and music theory. She has a very open-minded and flexible approach to teaching; she will train her students thoroughly, whilst her main aim is to inspire students, driving them to improve and truly enjoy playing the cello.

In 2016, Roxanna co-founded the tutoring service Musikademi - a platform which pairs students with their ideal music tutors. Roxanna also teaches privately, as well as in schools across London (incl. London Borough of Southwark, London Borough of Redbridge and in Dulwich), where she teaches a wide range of ages and abilities - from age 5 to adult learners, from absolute beginners to post-grade 8 standard.

Her lessons are tailored to suit each individuals needs, from working towards an exam, to learning for your own leisure. Exam preparation includes ABRSM grade exams, as well as GCSE and A-Level music performance exams, for which her students have a 100% pass rate.

If you are interested in tuition, please contact Roxanna directly or via the Musikademi website for further details.

[testimonials]

"Having played the piano to Grade 7, my childhood dream was to learn to play the cello. This journey began this year with Roxanna. I have enjoyed my experience immeasurably. Roxanna is an outstanding teacher. Patient. Understanding. Confidence builder. Motivational. And makes sure I am challenged and stimulated. Can't wait for the next steps. Highly recommend."

Patrick, adult learner

"Roxanna is an extremely good tutor to my twin children. She established an early rapport with them. They looked forward to her sessions and always wanted to show me what they had just learned with her. She is extremely professional and organised. I always felt that as a teacher, she “had done it before” with teaching young children for the first time. I would be extremely happy to recommend her to anyone looking to start their children on their first music lessons."

Andrew, father of two 6 year old students

"I am an adult beginner and I have been learning cello with Roxanna for one year now. I would highly recommend her: she is very kind, patient and helpful. She explains everything clearly and her advice is always very useful. Roxanna is also always available to answer to my questions and give advise between lessons. I am happy with the progress I have made so far."

Audrey, adult learner

"Roxanna is a fantastic tutor, she is very patient and helpful, but most importantly her lessons are adaptable for different people and I felt that really helped with my development. She also helped me find the cello and it is always trying to inspire me with extra curricular things such as documentaries. I would highly recommend her."

Martina, adult learner