Our Staff

Key management and administration


Frederick Scott – School principal

Lora Dimitrova-Watson – School administration

Paul Pacifico, Featured Artists Coalition – Rock School Adviser

Peter Stark – Orchestral and Classical Summer School Adviser

Mikko Summala – Sales, Marketing and Media Relations

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Rock & Pop


 

Chris Newland – Guitar

Chris Newland - Guitar

Hailing from Mass, USA, Chris is a highly experienced pro guitarist with over 20 years guitar experience.

After attending Berkeley in Boston, he immediately became a busy touring and recording guitarist, moving to these shores in 1992. Artists he has worked with include Caribbean Soca/Calypso artist Arrow, featuring on his massive hit ‘Hot Hot Hot’ as well as Sister Sledge, Odyssey, Mick Ronson, Ronnie Wood, Maceo Parker, Dr John, Felix Pappalardi, Brian May, Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones. Chris also gave private guitar lessons to Courtney Love, Madonna and Guy Ritchie. He is currently teaching guitar at the Institute of Contemporary Music and Production between his touring and recording commitments.

Chris is a master musician and always plays with great taste, which is why he’s so in demand.

 

 Klaus White – Vocals

Klaus White - Vocals

Klaus is a British born musician/composer/performer. He graduated Brunel University with a first class honours degree in Music & Drama. In 1997 he played the lead role of Buddy Holly in the West End hit Show ‘Buddy’ and worked as an actor for a number of years before focusing on a full time career in music. In 1999 Klaus won a nationwide talent competition sponsored by T3 magazine. Fist prize was to record his own songs at the world famous Abbey Road Studio Two, made famous by The Beatles and also frequented by Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Dave Gilmour, Dido, Divine Comedy, Michael Kamen, Michael Nyman, Oasis & U2.

Klaus has written songs with, and for Jocelyn Brown (American born soul singer), Andy Price (Robin Hood, BBC1 & Elizabeth, Channel 4) and his songs have been recorded by Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Jim Mullen (Morrissey-Mullen) & Mark Mondesir (Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, Jan Hammer).

 

Lawrie Bolton – Keyboard

Lawrie Bolton - Keyboard

Lawrie Bolton, born in Kent in the UK, has been a professional musician and songwriter for over 20 years. In 1986 he joined rock band ‘Catch 22’ as keyboardist. Production and writing followed including original material for TV shows (including the Jonathan Ross Show, Hit Studio International and GMTV). In 1991 and 1992 he spent some time in the USA as musical director for a cruise line, and returned to the UK to produce dance tracks and remixes for ‘The Music Factory’ production house. In 1996 Lawrie started his own production company, providing radio adverts and jingles for national and local TV and radio. After writing songs for albums by artists including Atlantic Soul Machine and Max Laney he worked on several projects in London and LA with US chart producer Chris Landen and singer John Joseph.

 

Winston Blissett – Bass guitar

Winston Blissett - Bass guitar

From Kylie Minogue to Robbie Williams, from Cher to Lionel Ritchie, from Rod Stewart to Hamish Stewart, from Boy George to Phil Collins, from S Club 7 to Massive Attack, from Tom Robinson to Lisa Stansfield, from Denis Bovell to Bumble & The Beez, Winston Blissett is in high demand as a bass player for sessions and tours.

Winston is also a member of jazz-funk group “Protect The Beat” featuring sax player Derek Nash and guitarist Tim Cansfield, and tours regularly with Massive Attack.

 

Tony Mason – drums

Tony Mason - Drums

Tony began to play steel drums in his uncle’s steel drum band, and then became the band’s regular drummer. By the age of 16, Tony was playing with the top Brass band in the country, playing in Trinidad and travelling abroad. Wanting to expand his horizons and pursue a career in drumming, Tony took advantage of an opportunity to play in a band on a cruise ship based in Florida, which he did for a number of years. He then moved to New York City to study at the Drummer’s Collective, and stayed there for four years; during this time Tony took lessons with a number of drum “masters” including Lenny White, Kenwood Dennard, Peter Erskine, Tommy Campbell and the late Frank Marlabe.

Tony moved back to London, England in 1986 and became a professional drummer. He has worked with a wide array of artists including Eddy Grant, Ronny Jordan, Martin Taylor, Peter White, Matt Bianco, Mary J. Blige, Daryl Hall, Daniel Bedingfield, Al Green and The Jazz Crusaders.

 

Dan Barnard – Production Manager

Dan Barnard

Dan Barnard is Production Manager for Specific Music. He received his BA Hons in Music Technology at The London College of Music and Media in 2006, before becoming a freelance audio engineer. Dan worked in live sound, studio production and audio post production for both film and television.

 

 

Piano Practice


 

Frederick Scott – Piano & Composition

 

Frederick Scott studied piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he won numerous Prizes whilst his time at the Academy. Fred is a member of the RAM Club, Performing Rights Society and the European Piano Teachers Association. He is an inspired performer, experienced recording artist and a talented writer. Besides writing music, he shares a passion for teaching. Whether you’re a conservatory student or a beginner Frederick shares his passion for musical expression with you, and will provide memorable and enjoyable tuition!

Frederick has performed at the following venues in the UK and around the world:
* South Bank Centre; Alexandra Palace; St. Giles Cripplegate, Barbican; St. John’s, Smith Square Gardens – All in London
* Hudderfield Court Theatre; Astoria Theatre, London; Royal Court Theatre, London
* Sydney Opera House, Australia; Boston Opera House & Boston Garden USA
* Berlin & Munich, Germany; Paris, France; Moscow, Russia

 

Frank Wibaut

Frank Wibaut - Piano

International pianist and teacher, Frank Wibaut, started his performing career after winning the London Chopin and BBC piano competitions. He now plays in over 30 countries and has a performed repertoire of  65 concerti with all the major British and many worldwide orchestras.  He gave his 504th performance of Beethoven’s Emperor piano concerto with the Nagoya Philharmonic orchestra in Japan but, has now stopped counting!. His broad solo repertoire includes many world premiers and he plays chamber music with many leading international musicians.

He was formerly Professor of piano at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music where he also became the Head of Postgraduate Performance Studies. He has been Director of several international summer schools and the Australian National Academy of Music. The Royal Academy of Music has honoured Frank Wibaut with their highest award, an Honorary RAM, for his outstanding contribution and service to music. His recording labels include EMI, Hyperion (voted best worldwide recording by the BBC and Gramophone), Chandos, Contour, Polydor, HNH and Cambridge (USA), Hugo (Hong Kong) and Bongiovani (Italy).

Read more on his profile here.

 

Chisato Kusunoki

Chisato Kusunoki - Piano

Born in 1979 in Germany, Chisato has lived in London since 1993. She read music at University College, Oxford where she graduated with the prestigious Gibbs Prize in performance. Consequently she completed her postgraduate performance diploma with a distinction at the Royal Academy of Music. She studied with Nicholas Austin and Hamish Milne and has also worked with Dmitri Bashkirov, Alexander Satz, Rosalyn Tureck and Ronald Stevenson. Chisato was a prizewinner at the Newport International Competition for Young Pianists, 2003. She has played in many important venues including the South Bank Centre London, Sumida Triphony Hall, Victoria Concert Hall, Wigmore Hall and frequently performs internationally. She is also an active chamber musician and has performed with the Allegri String Quartet, and her playing has featured in BBC Radio 3 program.

Her repertoire is extensive and ranges from the earliest keyboard masters to contemporary composers. She has an abiding love of the classics yet she also enjoys exploring less known works particularly by composers of the late romantic period. She has made a special study of the music of Nikolai Medtner, on whose music she worked closely with Hamish Milne. Chisato is committed to contemporary music and has worked with several leading composers.

Read more on her website www.chisatokusunoki.com.

 

Mikhail Kazakevich

Mikhail Kazakevich - Piano

Born in Gorky (Russia), Mikhail Kazakevich made his western debut at the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund, Germany, in 1991. As a result of his success there, he was engaged to play with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and also gave numerous solo recitals in Germany and France, where he was awarded a Special Prize of SACEM (France) for the performance of 20th-century music. In 1992, he came to London, where he made his debut at the Wigmore Hall. Soon afterwards, Kazakevich was signed exclusively by the BMG/Conifer recording label, for which he has made numerous recordings.

He has played solo and with orchestras at prestigious venues and festivals in Austria, Germany, France, Russia, Switzerland, Denmark, South Korea and the Middle East. In the United Kingdom, he has given numerous recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, the South Bank Centre, and has made many live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. He regularly performs at the Brighton Festival and the Newbury Spring Festival. Other projects include a performance and recording of Bach’s 48 Preludes and Fugues (Well Tempered Klavier) at St George’s, Bristol. He played with the European Chamber Orchestra and made his return concert tours to Denmark and Russia, where he performed Mozart concertos No 20 and No25 with the Philharmonic Orchestras.

Read more on his profile here.

 

Louis Demetrius Alvanis

Louis Demetrius Alvanis - Piano

Since his highly acclaimed Royal Festival Hall concerto debut before a capacity audience, London-born pianist Louis Demetrius Alvanis has established an international career and a reputation as a musician of outstanding brilliance and sensitivity, performing in Europe, the USA, the Far East and in the UK; in London he has played solo recitals in the major concert halls such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls, St Johns Smith Square, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican Hall.

Alvanis is a regular guest at many prestigious international festivals and venues. Within a substantial repertoire, he also encompasses frequent performances of works by contemporary composers which he has commissioned or premiered. He has also given recitals and masterclasses at most of the UK’s principal conservatoires and universities. His recordings appear on the Meridian and Brilliant Classics labels, and comprise piano music by Brahms , Schumann and Chopin as well as “Piano Colours”, a CD featuring piano music by contemporary British composer Jonathan FeBland.

Read more on his website www.alvanis.com.

 

Lora Dimitrova

Lora was born in Bulgaria but after traveling and performing around the world as a classical solo artist, she settled in England. During her career as a soloist and a chamber musician Lora won prizes at numerous prestigious competitions and have since recorded five albums.

As well as performing mainly as a soloist, Lora has played with many instrumentalists and ensembles. Highlights of her career as a performer were concerts in the Salzburg Music Festival with the LSO and Sir Georg Solti, her debuts at the Wigmore, Barbican and Royal Festival Halls in London, Concert House in Vienna, the Tchaikovsky Grand Hall in Moscow, and numerous other concert halls around Europe and the United States.

She dedicates most of her working life now to running her private music school (Sospiro Piano Centre) and being Head of Keyboards for Bromley Youth Music Trust. She continues to perform classical solo and chamber music as well as widening her repertoire and music interests by playing keyboards for the electronic renaissance rock band Crisium, and writing the jazz arrangements for her jazz quartets Salora and Quattro Plus.

 

Simon Lane

Simon Lane has gained recognition for his compelling and sensitive performances, and has collaborated with many of the world’s most exciting musicians including Danielle de Niese, Iestyn Davies, Allan Clayton, Guy Johnston and Jack Liebeck.

Alongside frequent performances in London’s Wigmore Hall, Simon has appeared in venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie and Leipzig’s Alte Handelsbörse, and more widely across Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Italy, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Slovenia and North America. Recent festival engagements include the Bachfest Leipzig, La Festival de Musique de Menton, the Dubrovnik and Ljubljana Summer Festivals, and the Leeds Lieder, Ryedale and Lichfield Festivals in the UK.

Highlights of the 2014/15 season include a return to the Wigmore Hall in June 2015 with violinist Lana Trotovšek, as well as appearances with Guy Johnston, Tamsin Waley-Cohen and the Atalanta Piano Quartet.

Read more on his website www.simonlane.eu.

 

 

 

Orchestral & Classical Music


 

Peter Stark, Conductor

Peter Stark - Orchestra & Conductor

Passion for conducting, inspirational leadership and dedication to teaching define Peter Stark’s career. An infectious spirit of adventure and the belief that music exists in everyone are at the heart of Peter’s lifelong love of classical music and musicianship.As evidenced by awards and accolades of excellence, Peter’s vision of music for all inspires his work as mentor and professional, for example as Series Mentor to the BBC TV series Maestro (http://www.bbc.co.uk/musictv/maestro), and as Rehearsal Director to the European Union Youth Orchestra.

Peter remains dedicated to the advancement of sharing his vision. In addition to his professorship at the Royal College of Music, he was Coach and Conductor-in Residence-to the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for 25 years.

Read more on his website www.peterstark.co.uk .