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Our Teachers

Honey Rouhani

Soprano, Singing, Piano and Theory

Honey Rouhani

British-Iranian Soprano, holds a PGDip in Opera from Trinity College of Music as well as a BMus with Honours from City University and GSMD.

Honey enjoys a busy life as a freelance opera singer with different opera companies in London. Since 2009 she's been teaching singing, piano and music theory privately and at the Miele Canto studio in North london, as well as directing school choirs around London.

Honey specialises in vocal technique and voice coaching for ABRSM and Trinity grading exams. She is a strong believer in learning music theory as you cannot learn a language without learning its grammer! 

For Honey's full biography please visit our 'Meet our Team' page. 

Cassandra Mathews

Guitar Teacher

Cassandra Mathews

Cassandra Mathews studied classical guitar at the Royal College of Music with Gary Ryan where she obtained a 1st Class Honours Bachelor of Music.

She also received coaching from Chris Stell and extra lessons with Craig Ogden and Jakob Lindberg on the lute.

She began her studies with John Draper from the age of twelve. During her time at the RCM, she took part in masterclasses with John Williams, Carlos Bonell, Jason Vieaux, and Julian Byzantine as well as performing at Queen Elisabeth Hall and the Purcell Room as part of “The Rest Is Noise” Festival 2013.

She has also given chamber music performances at the Wigmore Hall, V&A Museum the London Film Museum. An event in April 2016 took Cassandra to the Instituto Cervantes, where she performed a selection of pieces by celebrated guitar composer Joaquin Rodrigo to his daughter Cecilia Rodrigo.

She has also commissioned and premiered a number of works for guitar, violin and shakuhachi as a member of Illuminate Women’s Music in their 2018/2019 season. Cassandra is particularly interested in collaborations with other artistic disciplines and took part in unveiling “Desvalidas” as part of the RCM Great Exhibitionists 2014 working with award-winning poet Isabel White and visual artist Dylan J Fox.

​She was the winner of the Lennox Berkeley Guitar Prize 2012 and was the given a Highly Commended Award for the annual Royal College of Music Guitar Competition 2014 and 2012.

Cassandra represented the RCM at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart in an Erasmus exchange programme in 2012.

She has also played in ensembles as part of the London Guitar Festival 2011 at King's Place and as part of the RCM Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink. Most recently, Cassandra has been performing worldwide on luxury cruise liners, at 5 star resorts and at recitals throughout the UK.

Parvis Hejazi

Pianist. Composer, Royal College of Music

Parvis Hejazi

A pianist and composer, Parvis Hejazi is known as a “rising star on the piano sky” (ARD), and “a poet and virtuoso at the piano” (Christopher Axworthy).

Parvis has performed in over 25 countries, in Europe, the Middle East and the US; notable venues include the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Gnessin Institute Moscow, Federal Chancellery Berlin, Die Glocke Bremen and the Wiener Saal at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

In 2021, Parvis won the Grand Prix of the International PianoArt Competition in Kiev. He also was awarded the first prize and special prize of the International Piano Competition Gagny in 2017 and won first prizes in various national and international competitions in Germany.

Parvis has received extensive media coverage by main German TV and radio stations such as ARD as well as in foreign and domestic print media. Born in 1999, Parvis studied piano and composition at the Junior Department of the University of the Arts Bremen. He received crucial influence from working with world leading pianists such as Norma Fisher, Jerome Lowenthal, Vanessa Latarche, Stephen Hough, Jerome Rose, Anatol Ugorski, Igor Levit and Lars Vogt.

He is currently pursuing a Master of Music, studying with Norma Fisher and Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music in London with a Music Talks Scholarship, as well as grants from the prestigious Evangelisches Studienwerk (Villigst), the Hollweg Foundation and the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. Parvis has been admitted to the highly competitive Artist Diploma programme at the College, again as Scholar. Parvis is a Member of the Keyboard Charitable Trust as well as of Talent Unlimited UK.

Arina Mkrtchian

Mezzo Soprano, Singing Teacher

Arina Mkrtchian

Arina Mkrtchian is an Armenian-Russian mezzo-soprano who graduated from the David Seligman Opera School in 2023. Upcoming engagements as a soloist include performing the role of Flora in “La Traviata” by G.Verdi with the St Alban’s Chamber Opera Company (March 2024).

In addition, Arina does a lot of work as a Russian Language coach. Currently she is coaching the BBC National Chorus of Wales for their upcoming performance of Shostakovich’s “Babi Yar”(February 2024). Her future engagements as a Russian coach include coaching the Grange Park Opera for their performances of Aleko (June &July 2024).

Arina has been teaching music, singing and EFL since 2019. Currently she is a Curricular Music Teacher at Sing Education and a singing teacher at Miele Canto.

Tiago Costa

Music Teacher - Piano Teacher

Tiago Costa

I am a versatile music teacher with expertise in piano, violin, and music theory. Over the past two years, I have conducted research at the Guildhall School, which is ranked as the top music conservatoire for research and music in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) and league tables, respectively. This research has allowed me to demystify the art of teaching and provide my students with a deeper understanding of these instruments, supported by scientific knowledge and expertise.

My ability to simplify complex concepts enables my students to achieve the best results and enjoy a fulfilling musical experience. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of playing with major orchestras, including the English Chamber Orchestra as part of their "future scheme," the Zurich Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, and the Klingen Chamber Orchestra, supported by the Embassy of Armenia in the UK. Recently, I collaborated with composer Nicola Perikhanyan and NPK studio to record a work exhibited in the Media Art in Singapore and One Room Gallery in London. Additionally, I had the opportunity to record at Maida Vale with the Capital Orchestra in the BBC Studios.

Furthermore, my experiences extend to working with a chamber group alongside the world-renowned Decoda chamber music collective, the resident ensemble at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Through this collaboration, I have developed unique, fun, and creative methods of teaching that incorporate storytelling and creativity to enrich the learning journey.

I have had the pleasure of touring Portugal, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom for a series of recitals and have also participated in international competitions, winning the II edition of the Philharmonic Society of Vizela competition. Teaching is my passion, and I am committed to creating a positive and enjoyable learning environment for my students. I firmly believe that music can bring joy and fulfilment to people's lives, and I am dedicated to helping my students achieve their goals and develop their musical skills.

As part of my musical journey, I have been fortunate enough to be coached by members of the London Symphony Orchestra and take part in the Orchestral Artistry's LSO side-by-side orchestra sessions.

Ed Bonner

Tenor, Singing, Piano and Theory

Ed Bonner

Ed is a professional opera singer and pianist and read Music at Cambridge University and voice and piano at TrinityLaban.

He trained as a classroom Music teacher and has taught singing, piano and music in schools for a number of years, including a stint as Junior School Music coordinator at Queen's Gate School.

Ed is committed to extending his range as a teacher and attends developmental events regularly, keen to continue learning as well as to share his expertise.

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