String Maestros

Tuesday From 4pm

Contact: Iva Butler

Phone: 07720 059409

Cost: £22 per 30 minute one-to-one lesson at a regular time. See the website for other fees and options.

String Maestros at Shrewsbury House is a centre for the study of the violin and cello. All our teachers are professionally trained musicians who are active performers, both as soloists and with orchestras.

Our one-to-one violin/violoncello lessons are focused on the desires of the individual, whether they be complete beginners or advanced players, for children to adults from the age of 5 to 93.

ABRSM grade exams are held towards the end  of each term and we can work towards them.

We will also prepare you for music scholarship exams or music college auditions.

We know that working towards a performance gives more motivation for practising and helps to achieve your goals faster. All violinists and cellists are encouraged to take part in our events - from family gatherings or informal soirèes to public concerts. We usually join forces with Piano Maestros, thus creating an opportunity to meet pianists with whom to play chamber music and bring these two communities together.

Regular musical events will inspire your regular practice and help you to develop your natural confidence.

About us

Iva Butler (Fleischhansová), PGRNCM (Manchester), MA Prague

Studied violin at the Prague Academy of Music and at the RNCM, Manchester

Performs worldwide with orchestras and as a soloist and chamber-musician

Taught as professor of violin at the Conservatoire of Music in Teplice (Czech Republic)

Between 2009 and 2013 taught music in pre-schools in South East London,and in 2010 founded Little Songbirds in Shrewsbury House on Shooters Hill

In 2010 began teaching violin at Eltham Church of England Primary School

Since 2011 has taught violin at Combe Bank School, Kent, the Greenwich Steiner School, and violin and musicianship classes at the King Solomon Academy, London

In 2011 became a fully qualified Colourstrings Associate Teacher - Music Kindergarten

Mark Butler, ARCM (London)

Studied violin and piano at the Royal College of Music, London

Appointed co-leader of the Ulster Orchestra, Belfast in 1970

1971-1992: as member of the Chilingirian String Ouartet, toured world-wide, recording for RCA , EMI, Chandos and others, and  broadcasting for the BBC and radio throughout the world

Violin tutor at the University of Liverpool, 1973-76

Violin teaching for Bromley Borough 1984-1990

Chamber-music coach, Royal College of Music 1986-92 and at many chamber-music courses in the UK, Norway and Canada for amateurs, students and professionals

Since 1996 a member of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the world’s most recorded chamber orchestra

Nikolay Ginov, violoncello,  DipRAM, GSMDPGDipRAM, MMus,

In 2001 graduated from the National Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, continuing his studies in London at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Specialized in the String Quartet at the Stuttgart Hochschule, Germany; at the Royal Academy of Music, London, was awarded the Peter le Huray Award and Leverhulme Award

Performs worldwide with the London Schubert Players, founded the Freude PianoTrio and Sonore String Quartet

Works with the OAE orchestra on Educational Projects

Since 2001 teaching in Bulgaria and the UK and became an Arts First cello teacher for schools in Islington

Teaches for of the Tri-Borough Music Hub and for the Westminster Academy and the Chelsea Academy


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