Anna Marie McLachlan completed a Masters in Vocal Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, taught by Alison Wells and Robert Bottriel. Whilst there, she participated in the English National Opera Mentor Scheme.
In 2018, Anna co-founded the opera company, Grassroots Opera, co-directing and performing the role of Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Anna was recently a Young Artist with Bury Court Opera, performing in the ensemble of mad voices and covering the title role in the premiere of Mad King Suibhne (Noah Mosley). The production was recently revived as part of Helios Collective’s Formations series with English National Opera, performing at Lilian Baylis House and with Bury Court Opera at Messums, Wiltshire. Anna’s operatic experience includes Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart), Nancy (Albert Herring, Britten), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Mozart), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte, Mozart), Instigator (It Makes No Difference, Simone Spagnolo, Tête à Tête Opera Festival) and Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini, Italian Cultural Institute).
Anna was a finalist in the Schubert Song Prize and masterclass with Dame Felicity Lott (London Song Festival). Solo performances include Berio’s folk songs at the Southbank Centre, solos in Vivaldi's Gloria and Haydn's Nelson Mass in Exeter Cathedral and participation in Eugene Asti’s Richard Strauss project.
Anna is an experienced and enthusiastic vocal teacher who teaches pupils of all ages and abilities.
Violin & Viola
Martha-Maria Mitu is a classical violinist and violist, an interdisciplinary arts performer, a composer, and a music educator based in London.
A Trinity Laban Conservatoire and a Lucerne School of Music alumnus, Martha has performed and showcased her work in various prominent international festivals (both classical and contemporary) and has performed solo concerts all over Europe and Asia, and the UK.
Highlights of her solo and chamber music performances include -
Blackheath Concert Hall, London with the Effra Quartet and as the soloist (performing the Sibelius Concerto) with Trinity Laban Orchestra; at the Royal Opera House - Mumbai and at KM Conservatoire of Music, Chennai India; within the Enescu Festival, Timisoara, Romania, and Chopin Piano Fest, Prishtina, Kosovo (with her London-Berlin based violin and piano duo), and as concertmaster within the Lucerne Festival Switzerland.
Martha is also a sought-after educator and teaches privately to students of all ages (her youngest is 4 years old and oldest has been 76!). One of her most recent project-leading experiences includes leading workshops in a creative music-making project in collaboration with METRO Charity.
Having also worked with numerous children with learning difficulties, Martha has developed an acute sensitivity to the needs of every individual student and is constantly adapting her teaching methods accordingly.
As a teacher, Martha’s goal has always been to encourage and bring out the best in whomever she works with. She does this using various inclusive creative techniques and methods that she has acquired over the years in both Europe and the UK.
Andrea Montalbano began studying the violin at the age of 6. At the age of 12 he was admitted to the Conservatorio V. Bellini in Palermo in Professor Umberto Bruno's class. Andrea studied with leading violinists and teachers including Silviu Dima, Stefano Pagliani, John Crawford, Ofer Falk and attended masterclasses with violinists such as Tasmin Little, Francesco Manara, Simone Bernardini, Christophe Horak, Ben Sayevich, Kronos Quartet and Carducci Quartet.
Andrea has been a member of several orchestras including Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Fondazione Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Orchestra da Camera "Gli Armonici", where he played in prominent positions.
Since September 2014, Andrea has been leading the London Euphonia Orchestra and he is one of the members of the Southbank Sinfonia 2017 in London. With his Tamesis Piano Trio, Andrea was selected to play in the semifinal of St Martin in the Fields Competition, became part of the Richard Carne mentorship programme at Trinity Laban, won 2nd Prize at the TIM Music Competition and also 3rd Prize at the Grand Prix Virtuoso Music Competition.
Andrea graduated with Distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where he also received the “Trinity College London Scholarship” and studies under the direction of Professor John Crawford.
He is a passionate violin teacher, who also teaches at Greenwich Music School and his main goal is to instill his love for music to his students.
Violin & Viola
Elin began her musical life at the age of four, studying violin at the Junior Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She then received tuition from Edmund Wilson who successfully introduced Elin to the viola at the age of eight, and she has played it ever since, achieving her ABRSM Diploma with Harry Cawood whilst at school.
Elin continued her studies with renowned violist Rivka Golani at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where she recently completed her master’s degree with distinction. Elin was gratefully supported at Trinity Laban by the Stanley Picker Trust, a Trinity College London Scholarship and the Shield Award. Whilst at Trinity, Elin participated in masterclasses with violists Martin Outram, Jiri Zigmund and Aleksander Milosev and in September 2014 travelled to Budapest to take part in masterclasses and concerts at the Liszt Academy with Laszlo Barsonay.
A keen orchestral musician, Elin has played with ensembles including Trinity Laban String Ensemble, London Firebird Orchestra, Cardiff Sinfonietta and as Principal Viola with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. In 2015, Elin represented Wales in the International Regional Orchestra in Baden Wurttemberg.
Elin is an avid chamber musician and with her ensemble the Camilli Quartet, won the Trinity Laban John Barbirolli Competition for Beethoven String Quartets in January 2015, and achieved a place on the Richard Carne Trust Mentorship Programme in partnership with the Carducci and Wihan Quartets.
Elin has played in many prestigious venues in the UK and abroad, including Hoddinot Hall, St David’s Hall, the Sage Gateshead, the Royal Albert Hall, the Berlin Konzerthaus and Carnegie Hall and is the winner of the 2014 Vera Kantrovich Prize for Solo Bach and the 2016 City Livery Club Music Prize.
Elin’s place in Southbank Sinfonia is generously supported by The Radcliffe Trust and The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation.
Stuart is a Trinity college of music graduate who has been teaching guitar to students of all levels for 20 years. He has worked in various secondary and primary schools across London including, working for the Kingston music service.
Although a graduate of Jazz guitar has taught various styles ranging from Classical, pop, rock, blues etc also helped various students achieve exam grades in theory and performance, helping them prepare for higher music education.
He has over 20 years gigging experience in a number of musical situations ranging from solo guitar to larger ensembles, in various venues in England and abroad.
Stuart is currently a member of The Counterfeit Stones playing Keith Richards performing to sold out audiences in theatres in the U.K. and venues abroad.
Greek pianist and soprano singer and teacher, Theodora Stamoulaki began her musical studies at an early age with Classical Piano and continued with Advanced Music Harmony and Counterpoint studies and gained her Diplomas with Distinction. She then continued with Vocal Studies at the Athens Music Conservatory 1871, where she acquired her Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and graduated with distinction and 1st prize - under the tutelage of the renowned Greek Soprano Loulia Troussa. She then joined the Young Artists Opera Course at Nakas Music Conservatory while at the same time was studying at the class of Melodrama of Athens Music Conservatory under the renowned Greek baritone Kostas Paskalis. Theodora continued her training in London at the Royal Academy of Music where graduated with the PGDip Ram with Specialism in Singing Performance after studying with Alison Pearce, Diane Forlano and Mary Hill.
Theodora has performed in recitals at the Athens Megaron, the Athenaeum International Cultural Centre in Athens, Parnassos Athens Music Society, and the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, the Hellenic Centre in London, Kingston University Music Hall, at Hinde St. Methodist Church, the French Protestant Church in London, St. James Church, the Southwark Cathedral, at the Grimsby Music Hall and various other venues in UK. She has also performed as a soloist with Greek National Orchestra, the Greek National Opera and Music Festival of the Aegean.
As well as performing, Theodora leads a very active teaching career and has over 13 years experience in London teaching piano, singing, as well as General Musicianship. She is also an assistant Junior Choir Conductor at Blackheath Music Conservatoire.
Kinuko completed her first music degree at Toho School of Music, Tokyo. She attended master classes in Vienna held at the Music Conservatoire, Vienna, where she received tuition from Austrian pianist Viktor Teuflmayr. Kinuko also attended master classes in Sobernheim, Germany (where she studied with Bernard Roberts) and in Vienna (where she received tuition from Austrian pianist Viktor Teuflmayr) and gave a performance in 'Beethoven House' in Vienna.
Kinuko graduated from ‘Trinity College of Music’, London in 2001 with a ‘BMus’ performance degree and later completed her ‘Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Accompaniment’ in 2006. During her time at Trinity, she received tuition from world-renowned pianist Eugene Asti and chamber music coaching from Philip Fowke and Deniz Gelenbe, one of Europe’s leading chamber musicians.
In 2010 Kinuko performed at Chopin’s bicentenary concert held in Meudon, France in November 2010 and also during at a charity concert in Kingston-upon-Thames to raise money for orphaned children, following the Japanese tsunami disaster.
Kinuko is currently focusing on collaborative work, as well as solo performances. Kinuko’s noteable performances with both vocalists and instrumentalists have taken place at Charlton House, Blackheath Halls, St. Olave Hart Street, St. George’s Beckenham, St. Alfege Greenwich, All Saints Kingston and Rose Theatre Kingston. Kinuko is also a keen arranger and composer, having received musical training from pianist and composer Douglas Finch (professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance).