Julia's interest in teaching started while she herself was still a student at the Royal College of Music. Now, over fifteen years later, she runs a busy teaching studio in South West London, and has earned a reputation as an outstandingly gifted and committed cello teacher and chamber-music coach with an exceptional track-record of student success.
Despite her busy concert schedule, Julia maintains a class of talented private students, ranging from children to postgraduates. She has been invited to give masterclasses and lead workshops at institutions such as the Royal Welsh College of Music, the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Music for the Future project in Slovenia, the Royal College of Music Summer School, Tanglin Trust School Singapore, St. Paul's School as well as for Enterprise Scotland.
Julia has a profound interest in the history of string teaching, particularly in the Russian school of playing which has produced many of today's finest performers. She aims to continuously nurture her students' love of music whilst equipping them with the highest level of technique from their very first lesson, paying particular attention to the correct use of the entire body, thus preventing the formation of bad habits and potential later injury. It is at the very outset of a musician's training that good foundations need to be laid that will enable swift progress later on. Lessons are designed to ensure that the student gains a deep understanding of each and every aspect of cello playing whilst simultaneously finding and developing their own musical voice. The work is demanding, but incredibly rewarding and the limitless enthusiasm and love that Julia brings to the process are reflected in the exceptional results her students achieve. Apart from regularly achieving excellent exam results, her students have won music scholarships to schools including St. Paul's Boys, Alleyn's, Latymer, Putney High School, Godolphin, JAGS, Francis Holland, Hornsby House, Channing and Sevenoaks.
Whilst the vast majority of her students study with her on a permanent basis, Julia also offers one-off consultations and shorter courses of lessons for the following:
- intensive preparation for music college/secondary school music scholarship auditions
- resolving specific technical problems
- repertoire coaching
- general assessment
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Julia has also been teaching remotely via platforms including Zoom and FaceTime and, during lockdowns, devoted her unusual amount of free time to producing a series of YouTube masterclass videos covering many aspects of cello playing as well as pieces on the current ABRSM syllabus.
To enquire about lesson availability and rates, please contact Julia directly.
For more videos follow Julia's YouTube channel here.
"This video has been a revelation, it is superb and can't tell you how grateful I am. My bowing has now improved enormously. Easily the best bowing video I have seen. Thank you!!!"
"This is the best introduction to thumb position video I have seen. I hope Julia produces lots more videos. Thanks so much."