Since 2017, I have assisted Jakob Kullberg’s teaching at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London. Since then I have taught students on undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the RCM as well as assisting Kullberg in the development of a new book of exercises and detailed descriptions on how to accomplish various musical and technical aspects of playing the cello. With this background, I have a high focus in my teaching on mastering a good cello-technique as a tool of reaching a higher level of musicality and performance. As well as working on isolated technical exercises, I find it important to place the outcome of this into music at an early stage. It is important for the student to understand why this particular technique is important to learn, but also for them to get a direct feeling that it actually improves their playing. By the end, we all take up the cello because we want to play music.
My teaching experience began in 2006 when I was employed in a half-year long deputyship at Sandefjord School of Music and Arts, Norway. I taught 10 pupils aged 8-18 weekly, and arranged a concert for them by the end of the year with solos, duos and cello ensemble music, some of which were self-arranged.
During my studies in Stavanger, I was employed as cello teacher at the Kolibri Music Academy where I taught adult beginners. I was also substituting at the Stavanger School of Music and Performing Arts where I taught children from 7-18 in cello and orchestra sectionals. I arranged a piece for cello orchestra for the students and professors of this school which I rehearsed and conducted in a concert in October 2016.
I have had courses in conducting and ensemble coaching and have led rehearsals of my own compositions and arrangements over many years. I have been principal in various youth orchestras in Norway where I have led sectional rehearsals.
In addition to modern cello, I am also active on the baroque and teaches this as well. Since 2015 I have actively researched early 18th century performance practice and harmonic theory with the focus of understanding the J.S. Bach Cello Suites. I am a strong believer in using theory and history to inform one’s own performances and this stands strong in my teaching.
My thorough research in early 20th century performance practice for the past few years has enabled me to teach espressive techniques long “forgotten” in a way that can be brought into modern day interpretations. Read more about this under Research.
I am perceived as a pedagogical, motivating, patient and creative teacher, who tailor my teaching according to each student’s individual level and goals.
I teach modern cello, early 20th century cello, baroque cello, orchestral repertoire and chamber music. Besides technique, music making and performance, I can help you towards orchestral auditions, 17th and 18th century performance practice, particularly on the J.S. Bach Cello Suites, early 20th century performance practice, and on contemporary music. I also teach orchestration and arranging, composition, music theory and aural skills. I take on students of all levels and give private lessons in London or through Zoom or Skype.
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