Individual Piano Lessons
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays with Michael Csányi-Wills
Wednesdays with Kamilla Arku
Saturdays with Kamilla Isanbaeva
Composition lessons are also available with Michael Csányi-Wills.
Award winning composer and Pianist Michael Csányi-Wills was recently appointed composer in residence of the Welsh Sinfonia. He has written works ranging from Chamber music to Choral and Orchestral works to film scores. His first commission from the Welsh Sinfonia was a three movement orchestral work entitled “Illusions of This World” first performed in April 2014. His latest work “Seagull Nebula” will receive 5 performances in a tour of Wales that the orchestra are undertaking this year. Michael is planning to record his songs cycles and orchestral works to date with Toccata Classics in 2015.
Between 1997 and 2012 Michael collaborated with composer Nigel Clarke on several film scores that include Warner Brother’s films “The Little Vampire”, The Little Polar Bear” and “The Thief Lord”, as well as independent films such as “Jinnah”, “Rocket Post” and “The Baseline”. Since then, Michael has gone on to write film scores for a range of titles including “The King of Nerac” a feature documentary about artist David Breuer Weill, “The trouble with Dot and Harry” starring Neil Morrissey, and the much anticipated feature documentary about conductor Paavo Järvi “Maestro”. He also won BEST SCORE at the Movie Maverick Awards, for his score to the short film “A Love story in Milk”.
As a pianist, Michael still performs and records regularly and is currently recording the complete Weinberg Violin Sonatas with Russian Violinist Yuri Kalnits the first 2 volumes of which were released by Toccata Classics to critical acclaim. Both CDs won a “Diapason d”Or” in the French Magazine “Diapason” for May 2011 and September 2014. The third Album is due in 2015.
Michael was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in January 2012.
Kamilla recently performed in the renowned ‘Pianists of the World’ Series at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and has performed in prestigious programmes such as the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, and has been awarded scholarships and prizes internationally.
Kamilla performs frequently as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, in the UK and abroad. She is also a dedicated teacher with a vibrant private studio. Kamilla, whose father is Liberian is committed to volunteer efforts, and since 2008 has organised concerts in aid of the Liberian Education Trust, which raises money for education in Liberia. She has also had the honour of performing for the President of Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Kamilla Isanbaeva has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Piano from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she studied with musicians such as Marcel Baudet, Jan Wijn, Naum Grubert, Mila Baslawskaja and Ton Hartsuiker. She also received a Masters Degree in Chamber Music, working with a well known Russian-Dutch cellist Dmitry Ferschtmann.
In 2012, she recorded “The French Album” CD with cellist Harriet Krijgh.