Instructors

  • Musicology/Solfege

    Dr. Rula Jaradat

    Jordan

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s in music with a concentration in Qanun, Yarmouk University, 2005, Jordan.

    • MA in Arabic Music with a concentration in Qanun, Yarmouk University, 2007, Jordan.

    • Certificate in Arabic Music Singing, Opera House of Egypt, 2015 Egypt.

    • PhD in Musicology, Higher Institute of Arabic Music, 2016, Egypt.

    Experience:

    • Music Lecturer, 2009-2018, Yarmouk University, Jordan.

    • Qanun and Arabic Singing teacher at the Yarmouk University.

    • Worked in the Ministry of Education in Jordan as a music teacher in schools.

    • Won many awards in school competitions.

    • Participated in many workshops in Qanun and singing.

  • Flute

    Barbara van der Graaf

    Netherlands

    Qualifications:

    • Teaching Certificate, Fontys Conservatory, 2000, Netherlands.

    • Bachelor’s in Music for teaching and performing, Hoge school voormuziek, 2002, Netherlands.

    • MA in Music, Hogeschool Zuyd, 2003, Netherlands.

    Experience:

    • Began her flute studies at the Brabants Conservatory as a student of Hanni Barendrecht.

    • Received her master’s degree in 2003 under the mentorship of Leon Berendse (solo flutist of the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra)

    • Flute teacher, Harmony Concordia, 1997-2003, Netherlands.

    • Flute teacher, De Muzenberg Music Education Foundation, 2003-2009, Netherlands.

    • Flute Instructor, Hertogenbosch Regional Music School, 2013-2018, Netherlands.

  • Piano

    Brittany Anjou

    New York, USA

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s in Music, New York University, 2006, New York.

    • Contemporary Classical Composition, NYU in Prague, 2005, Czech Republic.

    • West African Popular Music and Rhythmic Theory, University of Ghana, 2006, Ghana.

    Experience:

    • Studied at New York University, Stanford Jazz Workshop, The School for Improvisational Music in New York, alumni of Essentially Ellington / Jazz at Lincoln Center.

    • Practiced as an artist involving intercultural exchange through music improvisation and performance, with jazz, classical, Arabic music, world music, rock, pop, and improvisation.

    • Piano teacher, Private Studio, 2000-2001, Seattle, WA.

    • Piano teacher, Private Studio, 2002-2018, NYC, NY.

    • Piano Instructor, Brooklyn Music Lessons, 2008-2015, NY.

    • As an artist, musician and teacher, she came out of the American music and jazz education system – a deep New York canon of world music masters coming together to create music and music languages through jazz and improvisation.

  • Violin

    Manuel Druminski

    Germany

    Qualifications:

    • MA in Music, Academy for Music and Theatre in Munich, 2006, Germany.

    • Doctorate in Musical Arts, Academy for Music and Theatre in Munich, 2009, Germany.

    Experience:

    • Concertmaster, Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra, 2009-2017, Germany.

    • Concertmaster, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, 2017-2018, Germany.

    • Studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with Prof. Ana Chumachenco.

    • Performed solo recitals and as a concertmaster around the world.

    • Taken part as a guest-lecturer in many International Violin Masterclasses and workshops around the globe and has been a helping hand in promoting both classical and contemporary music.

  • Oriental Violin

    Youssef Belheni

    Tunisia

    Qualifications:

    • Diploma in Oriental and Classical Violin Performance, Ministry of Culture in Tunisia, 2013.

    • Bachelor’s in Music, Higher Institute of Musical Arts, 2013, Tunisia.

    • MA in Music, Higher Institute of Musical Arts, 2015, Tunisia.

    Experience:

    • Violin Instructor, National Institute of Music, 2019, Tunisia.

    • Violin Instructor, National Institute of Music of Tozeur, 2017, Tunisia.

    • Violin Instructor, Wahat Arts and Music, 2014, Tunisia.

    • Violin Instructor, Rashidi Institute, 2013, Tunisia.

  • Oud

    Ahmad Afifi

    Jordan

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor in Arabic Music with specialization in Oud Performance, University of Jordan, 2012.

    Experience:

    • Oud Instructor in United Arab Emirates, 2013-2019.

    • Participant in "Sharjah World Music Festival", 2013-2019.

    • Participant at "Jerash Festival" with Al-Fuhais Band, 2012.

    • Participant at "Sikka Art Festival" in Dubai, 2014.

    • Participated at "Al-Fuhais Festival" in Jordan, 2012.

  • Violin

    Jarosław Nadrzycki

    Poland

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s in Music, Mozarteum University Salzburg, 2007, Austriaa

    • MA in Music, Paderewski Academy of Music, Poznan, 2008, Poland

    • MA in Music, Royal Academy of Music, London, 2009, United Kingdom

    Experience:

    • Violin teacher, State University of Montenegro (Music Dep. in Cetinje)2013-2015, Montenegro.

    • Violin and chamber music teacher, Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan, 2016-2019, Poland.

    • 1st prize winner of international violin competitions, including Khachaturian (Armenia), Enescu (Romania), Heifetz (Lithuania).

    • Gave numerous masterclasses in Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Mexico and USA.

    • As a soloist, he has apeared with renowned orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, the Simón Bolivar under baton of Krzysztof Penderecki, Maxim Vengerov, Giancarlo Guerrero and Kristjan Järvi.

    • Made numerous radio and TV recordings and released albums for Warner Music, MDG, DUX and Orphee Classics

    • Founding member of Penderecki Piano Trio, 2017 to today

  • Clarinet

    Piotr Dec

    Poland

    Qualifications:

    • Master of Art (Ma) with honors, 2017-2018, Royal Academy of Music in London/ University of London, United Kingdom

    • The Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM), 2017-2018, United Kingdom.

    • Bachelor’s in Music, 2013-2017, Royal College of Music in London, United Kingdom.

    Experience:

    • Winner of numerous International Clarinet Competitions including Yamaha International Clarinet Competition (2018), Solo Woodwind Competition in London (2017), National Polish Clarinet Competition in Wroclaw (2013) and a recipient of the prestigious R.C. Wyse Bequest Award (2018).

    • As a soloist, Piotr performed in many respected venues such as the London's Royal Albert Hall, Codogan Hall, or Schloss Palace in Berlin. His musical appearances included playing in front of Madonna and David Beckham.

    • He has over seven years of experience educating students at all levels in some of the most prestigious schools in England like the City of London School, and Charles Dickens School in Kent.

  • Qanun

    Suhad Najm Abdullah

    Belgium

    Qualifications:

    • Diploma in Qanun, Institute of Musical Studies, 1993, Baghdad.

    • Bachelor’s in music, College of Fine Arts, University of Baghdad, 2001

    Experience:

    • Qanun teacher, 1991-2001, College of Fine Arts & Institute of Musical Studies.

    • Qanun player, 1991-2001, the central music band for radio & television.

    • Qanun teacher, 2002-2011, The Higher Institute of Music of Sfax, Tunisia.

    • Qanun teacher, 2002-2005, National Institute of Music in Mahdia, Tunisia.

    • Qanun teacher, 2012-2016, Arabic Cultural Center in Liege , Belgium.

    • Qanun teacher, 2016-2019, Muzeikpublique, Belgium.

    • Many musical participations in concerts abroad.

    • Writer of 2 books on Qanun methods, published in 2000 and 2007.