Teachers

Teachers

Nicoletta Zannoni
Flute

Nicoletta Zannoni took her Master’s degree from the “F. Venezze” Conservatory of Rovigo with the professors Daniele Ruggieri and Gabriella Melli.

After her studies, she dedicated herself to music education, working in different private and public schools in Italy, and collaborating with several institutions such as Istituto Musicale “G.F.Malipiero” in Padova, Banda di Selvazzano, Associazione A.GI.MUS.

Hikmat Qaymari
Oboe
Pau Rodríguez Ruiz
Clarinet

The Catalan clarinetist Pau Rodríguez Ruiz, has studied in Conservatori Superior del Liceu in Barcelona in the class of professor Isaac Rodríguez and did his master’s degree in Sibelius Academy (Finland) with professor Tuulia Ylönen.

He has played with orchestras such as Orquestra Simfònica del Liceu, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Finnish National Opera Orchestra. Pau is Artistic co-director of “Delta Chamber Music Festival”, an international chamber music festival in the town of Amposta. He is also member of “Trio Kaukokaipuu”, together with Marina Vidal (cello) and Ester Lecha (piano), with which they have won several competitions and performed in concerts both in Finland and Catalonia.

Isaac Leyva Brenes
Bassoon

Costarrican, born in 1989. Graduated in 2006 in the Castella Music Conservatory with emphasis on bassoon and then continued in the National Institute of Music. He studied his Master’s degree on the bassoon cathedra of the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance of Jerusalem, taught by professor Mauricio Paez.

He has performed as a soloist with the Costa Rica National Youth Orchestra and lately with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Mendy Rodan Symphony Orchestra in Israel, as a prize for winning the Sharon Tabor-Pintz Soloist Competition. He has been invited to play with many international orchestras in concert tours through Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Morocco, India, Jordan and Israel.

Gennady Kozhevnikov
Brass

Gennady Victor Koshevnikov was born in Eupatoria in Crimea, USSR. He studied Music at the State Conservatory in Moscow. He began his music career as Director of the President’s Orchestra in Moscow. Gennady became a brass instruments teacher and he worked at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Ramallah, where he was the Conductor of the Palestinian Youth Orchestra. He did some arrangements to Marcel Khalifa and cooperated together on Ahmad El Arabi project. He studied conducting and music arrangement with Leroy Anderson in Toronto, Canada, for one year.

Gennady is an orchestra conductor and composer, and he has specialized in music arrangements for orchestras at all levels.

Fabiol Cezma
Violin
Liina Leijala
Cello

Finnish cellist Liina Leijala is currently Artistic Manager and Cello Professor at the Wiener Musikakademie in Vienna and the Musical Director of the Barenboim-Said Foundation in Ramallah. She is also the Artistic Director of “Leijala & Ruscior Chamber Music Nights” concert series in Vienna.

Liina Leijala graduated with highest honours from Sibelius Academy, Finland. In addition, she has studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and in Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid. She was solo cellist at Orchestra Academy Ossiach.

She has worked with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, The Barbirolli Quartet, Salzburg Chamber Soloists among many other groups and she has performed with the worlds leading musicians in festivals such as Verbier, Salzburger Festspiele, etc. Liina Leijala gave a solo debut recital in the prestigious Wiener Musikverein 2013.

Leijala is a prize winner in several international competitions and she is currently performing as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world.

Robin Burlton
Music Theory & Choir

Robin Burlton studied at Edinburgh University and Trinity College of Music in London before embarking on a career as a musician in various disciplines. As a singer he is equally at home as soloist, consort member or in a chorus and he specialises in performance of Baroque and Renaissance music.

As chorus member he has performed with great orchestras and conductors including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre de Champs Elysees and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.

Bakr Khleifi
Early Music Education

Bakr Khleifi studied Oud with Prof Ahmad El Khatib in Sweden. He studied double bass with Nabil Shehata, first double bass player of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Bakr Khleifi graduated from the University of Gothenburg in 2012.

At the early age of twelve he was already invited to perform with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra founded by Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim. He became member of the orchestra in 2008. He presented his first Solo Oud Concert at the University of Gothenburg in May 2012.

Petar Klasan
Piano

Petar Klasan is a croatian Pianist and pedagogue based in Vienna. He graduated in masters program of the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. During his studies he was a student of legendary Viennese teachers Noel Flores, Oleg Maisenberg and Stefan Vladar.

After successfully participating on international piano competitions he focused his career as a soloist, chamber musician and a soloist with orchestra.

Petar Klasan has published two CD’s with works by Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms and Bjelinski.

Razan Theodory
Music Apreciation

Bakr Khleifi studied Oud with Prof Ahmad El Khatib in Sweden. He studied double bass with Nabil Shehata, first double bass player of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Bakr Khleifi graduated from the University of Gothenburg in 2012.

At the early age of twelve he was already invited to perform with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra founded by Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim. He became member of the orchestra in 2008. He presented his first Solo Oud Concert at the University of Gothenburg in May 2012.

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