Graduate of Cairo Academy of Arts
Licentaite of the Royal Academy of Music, London, LRAM
Certificate of Education, London Institute of Education
Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, FISM
Member of the European Piano Teachers Association EPTA UK
Registered Private Teacher
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Sonia Gergis, born Yassa, grew up in a musical and artistic family with a strong piano playing tradition. She was introduced to the Italian school of piano playing by Professor Ettore Puglisi and then developed her style of piano playing by working with Russian musicians under Dr Irakle Beritze then Dean of the Cairo Academy of Music.
In England she pursued a career in music education where her breadth of experience and her depth of culture were very much appreciated. She worked for several years as Head of Music Department in an international school. She was praised by offsted inspectors on two separate occasions particularly for her sensitivity in a multicultural environment and her expertise accross the age range from nursery to A levels.
Sonia Gergis has established a successful piano teaching practice on the London Essex border where she worked for many years in partnership with some distinguished teachers including Dr Fernando Martin Pastor, Yasuka Kamizono, Miwako Miki and Eralys Fernandez.
Sonia is the author of several papers and some curricular material for Stanley Thornes Educational Publishers, The British Journal of Music Education, Primary Music Magagazine, The School Curriculum and Assessment Authority and Birmingham Area Support Services.
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She is a pianist and choral singer/conductor and enjoys producing musical and fundraising events. Over the years she has been actively involved with music and charity work in Coptic churches in Cairo, London, Stevenage and Manchester.
Her latest project is The Manchester Piano Room is now open in the heart of Ancoats and close to Manchester City Centre. It is a well equipped spacious and welcoming space for teaching studio as well as a practise/rehearsal room and a hub that she shsares with her students and colleagues. The Manchester Piano Room is already attracting children and adult students. It is enjoyed by a number of amateur and professional who enjoy undisturbed practice for short or long sessions.
Luke Jones is a Welsh pianist.
Originally from Summerhill, Wrexham in
North Wales, he started playing the piano at the age of 5 and made his
debut recital at the Wrexham Arts Centre aged 10. He has performed
recitals across Britain and has won prizes in competitions around Europe
notably 1st Prize in "Aci Bertoncelj" International Piano Competition in
Slovenia. 1st Prize in "Section A" Chopin-Roma International Piano
Competition in Italy and 3rd Prize in the Manchester International
Concerto Competition. He was also the recipient of the 16-19 'Blue
Ribbon' Instrumental Award at the National Eisteddfod in Wales. He has
also had broadcasts of his performances on BBC Wales Radio, S4C
Television, Radio Vaticana and Telepace in Italy. He has performed
Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto with the Manchester Camerata and the
Liszt No.1, Mozart K488 and Grieg concertos with other British
orchestras. At the age of 5 he studied with Eva Warren, Birkenhead and
then at the age of 8 began studying with concert pianist Andrew Wilde.
Subsequently at the age of 11 he was awarded a place at Chetham's School
of Music where he studied under the Head of Keyboard, Murray McLachlan
from 2006-2013. Between 2013-2015 he studied at Conservatorio di Musica
'Lorenzo Perosi' Campobasso under the tutelage of Maestro Carlo Grante.
Currently he is now studying at the Royal Northern College of Music,
Manchester under Professor Frank Wibaut. Luke has been fortunate to
have had masterclasses/lessons with pianists Leslie Howard, Bernard
Roberts, Bryce Morrison, Radoslav Kvapil, Hamish Milne, Peter Donohoe,
Stephen Hough, David Wilde and Philippe Cassard.
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