I am passionate about teaching singing, and with over 20 years experience singing with great artists such as Placido Domingo, Bryn Terfel, Sarah Connelly, Katarina Karneus, Hillevi Martinpelto, Bejun Mehta, Joyce di Donatao and Vesselina Kasarova, to name only a few, I understand the demands of the modern performer and what he or she needs to survive in the world of music.
Let me take my passion and my experience and turn it into your success as a singer and true artist!
My teacher and mentor, W. Stephen Smith (Steve), author of The Naked Voice: A Wholistic Approach to Singing (Oxford University Press), has been an inspiration to me since I first met him in 2014. I now visit him twice yearly at Northwestern University near Chicago and observe his teaching. www.wstephensmith.com
A good friend of mine gave me Steve’s book in 2013 because he saw similarities in our ideas about vocal production. Steve has helped me focus my methods and I have seen the benefits which his clear idea of technique have had on my students through the methodical and consistent nature of the work that I do with them. Their growing understanding of how their voice best works gives them more confidence and positivity in their vocal development and as an artist.
In my studio I prepare young students for conservatory entry examinations, I have many young professionals who are starting to make a career for themselves and a growing number of more established singers who need to rework certain aspects of their technique.
Many of my graduates have been accepted onto post-graduate programmes and are now making headway at:
– The Royal Stockholm Conservatoire in Sweden
– The International Opera Academy (Gent)
– The Hochschule für Muzik und Tanz,Köln
– The Hochschule für Muzik und Theater, München
– The Royal Northern College of Music and Drama in Manchester, UK
– The Young Artist programme at the Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg, France.
If you feel that you lack stamina; find the top of your voice difficult; lack strength in the middle and bottom register; if your voice wobbles or has a tremolo; or you just need an objective opinion regarding your sound and technique; these are all things I can help you with.
My rates are affordable as I believe the regularity of lessons is the most important thing when trying to change or improve a technique.
I am currently a guest professor of Voice at the LUCA School of Arts in Leuven, Belgium. In addition I frequently give lectures and master classes on the subject of Autonomy in Practice for Singers. The next academic year takes me to Salerno, Italy, Stockholm, Sweden and Reykjavik, Iceland.
My studio is in Antwerp, Belgium. I speak Welsh, English, reasonable Italian, decent Dutch and some French.
You only have one voice and it needs to last for as long as possible. Let me help give you a lifelong technique that you will be able to rely upon no matter what throws at you.
Please see contact page. Thanks and I look forward to helping you!