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Chris is the ‘principal’ of soundsteps music school. He began his professional music career performing in cabaret bands around the UK before moving on to working solo, playing piano mainly in London, but also abroad in Germany, Luxembourg & Norway to name a few. He secured a contract with Neptune music publishing company, composing music for artists. During this period Chris performed with his own band supporting well estatblished acts such as Shakatak and Modern Romance. in February 2003, Chris opened the first Soundsteps Centre in west London hoping to inspire school aged children to experience the enjoyment and fulfillment of learning a musical instrument. Many students have excelled and continue to excel their own musical expectations. In 2015, Chris returned to the recording studio, and completed the album "Borderin’ the Trainline".
Aaron has been involved in business from leaving school, having previously been Stock Controller at Tiffany and Co., and a Store Business Manager at Mcdonald’s, After joining Soundsteps in 2015 he has been running the school, helping the School to grow and maintain the high standards we expect in the our lessons. He is now currently a joint Director of the school. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his Family and friends.
Hi! My name is Karishma. I studied Music Technology at the University of Hertfordshire. Music has always been my passion. I have been playing the Piano since I was 5. I also play the Saxophone, Violin and Drums. I love to see the learning process in action. Music is an escape for me, my own little world I can drift of to. I hope to be able to spread the tranquillity and love for music that I feel onto others. In my spare time I love producing music, making my own songs, reading and travelling.
Originally from Italy, Isabella has a degree in classical piano. In 2006 she moved to London to study Ethnomusicology at SOAS , where she was able to pursue her interest in Middle Eastern music. In 2006 Isabella joined Soundsteps as a teacher, subsequently moving on to working in the office and, more recently, helping recruit and train new teachers, which she really enjoys.
After getting a Distinction for Grade 8 piano in Hong Kong, I pursued further studies in the U.K, graduating with an MA in Music.
As with cooking, I enjoy following a great recipe (curriculum) while tweaking certain flavours and ingredients so that each meal (lesson) is original, yet nutritious. I love music, plants and cats.
I am a musician from Riga, Latvia with over 10 years of studying experience in music (piano, music theory) and performing on on the stage. I have a big passion for music, which helps me get over all the difficulties and keep going. I am studying songwriting in British & Irish Institute of Modern Music. Besides of piano skills, I play the guitar, bongo drums, I compose music, write songs and also sing. Also, I speak fluently in 4 languages (English, Russian, Latvian, Armenian).
As an enthusiastic, versatile, professional teacher and musician, my experience consists of performing as a keyboard player, pianist, recorder player and singer and teaching budding musicians in their efforts to develop musicianship.
Graham has had a long and continuing career as a professional musician. Firstly as a live performer, having toured extensively with various bands, and also as a studio session musician and work in record production. Plus now, of course, as a teacher with Soundsteps. As well as the keyboard he plays guitar and bass guitar and sings. In his spare time, Graham enjoys the slightly less rock and roll pursuits of playing squash and doing the Independent cryptic crossword.
Since my childhood I knew one thing - that music will lead me all my life. Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. Music is not what I do, it's who I am. I've studied music for 17 years (music school, conservatoire and university), I love active sports, reading and travelling.
Since studying at Sussex University and Trinity Laban I have been working as a freelance musician, performing and recording on keyboard, trombone and bass guitar. Currently with reggae band Samsara Collective, I have played with more than 20 bands and artists over the years and have had the privilege of supporting such legendary bands as Black Uhuru, Aswad and The Wurzels. In my spare time I write music for several projects and organise a community group that works on food growing and conservation.
Matteo Bisbano Memmo was born in Lanciano (Italy) in 1987. He started to play the piano (classical music) at the age of 7. With his first teacher, Maestro Massimo Berghella, Matteo had also the chance to study and perform with the Harpsichord. He graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Classical Piano from the "G. Braga" Conservatoire in Teramo and with a Master Degree in JazzPiano from the "L. D'Annunzio" in Pescara with distinction.
Matteo has performed as a pianist soloist, duo, trio and others jazz formations and took part of the "Piano piano per Sulmona" Festival in three editions (in 2015,2017 and 2018) with the "Jazz tale" duo with Alice Vedilei (voice) and with the Matteo Bisbano Trio.
From 2013 to2017 Matteo was the pianist of the Santino Spinelli's "Alexian Group" and performed with the Alexian Group in different places like Porto Torres,Rome,L'Aquila,Pisa,Pescara,Cagliari,Milan,Palermo. The Group played for some Tv channels like Tv2000,TeleMax,Rete4. In 2015 the Alexian Group performed in the City of the Vatican State before the Pope.
In his last collaboration with Alexian Group, Matteo played three times (2015,2016 and 2017's editions) in Riga for the "World Roma Music Festival".
Nina Kiva is currently in her fourth year of undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music. She has gained a wide range of teaching experience, including chamber music coaching young musicians in Italy and leading outreach workshops to young children in schools. She regularly performs in venues across London as a soloist and chamber musician, and across Europe with the EUYO.
Hi, my name is Andra! I started playing piano at the age of 6. Later I went to National University of Music Bucharest, where I studied jazz and pop music composition. I then decided to do my next step and moved to London to study songwriting at The British and Irish Modern Music Institute. I am now focusing on my passion of singing and writing songs.
Alessandro is a composer, music producer and pianist from Italy. He has been playing piano, singing and writing music since he was 10 years old. He has studied composition, counterpoint, orchestration, and advanced harmony and has written works for many different styles and ensembles, from symphonic orchestras to electronic music bands. Graduated at London College of Music in Music Composition and Performance (First Class Honours), he has Conservatoire level qualifications in Italy equivalent to Grade 8 (Piano) and Grade 8 (Theory). Alongside teaching piano, keyboard, composition and music production he is also pursuing the career of Film composer.
Spyros has been involved with and surrounded by music all his life from performing to teaching, studio engineering and writing music for theatre. His musical path began with classical piano and Music Theory studies at the National Conservatory in Greece. He also obtained a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. While in college he began to work as a professional keyboardist and pianist. He has more than 20 years experience playing on stage and for various bands.
Spyros is also an experienced educator. He is a Qualified Teacher in England (QTS) and has worked as a music Τeacher in various primary schools in West London. He also has several years’ experience providing private piano and keyboard lessons to students of all ages.
His favourite motto is “Music is food for the soul” and he is passionate and committed to passing on quality musical knowledge and skills to every single one of his students. His favorite hobbies are playing tennis, cycling and travelling.
Hi, my name is Maria and I am a musician from Cyprus. I started playing the piano from a very young age and came to England to study music. I have a degree and masters in Music Education and I love inspiring young performers. In my free time I like to travel, read books and dance.
I was lucky to grow up in a very musical family, my mom and dad meeting in a music school and my mom becoming a music teacher herself. So music has always been surrounding me and playing a big part in my life - since I was 3 my mom started signing me up for singing competitions and including me in her own projects. Once I reached 8 I started taking classical piano lessons (which was one of the best things I have ever done for myself) and once I hit teenage years I thought myself to play acoustic guitar and perform around my home country Lithuania. I don't remember myself not doing music. At the moment I am working towards 'Singing Award' with Point Blank music school.
Hi I’m Janice Sequeira. At just 16 years old I attained Grade 6 for Electronic Keyboard from the Trinity College of London in Dubai. I won the Apex Awards in 2015 for the highest marks in the Middle East for Grade 4 practicals. Having performed at shows and festivals and having played the Organ for my Church Choir every week, my love for music constantly grows. Besides music I love reading, singing and dancing.