A LIFETIME OF MUSIC
Vicky Yannoula is a professional musician engaged in an array of performance, educational, managerial and entrepreneurial activities. Vicky began pursuing her passion for music education in 1995 alongside her college studies in London, whilst her performing career as a classical pianist and contemporary vocalist spans over three decades.
In addition to her educational and performance activities, Vicky currently is:
* Director of Akouson Classical Academy
* Director of Akouson Classical Artists
* Chief Executive of the Hackney Youth Orchestras Trust
Supported by musical expertise and proven professional credibility, Vicky set up Akouson Classical Academy in August 2020 with a view to offer musicians of all ages and standards inspirational and rewarding musical experiences of special quality.
Over the past twenty-five years, Vicky has taught hundreds of students aged 5 to 60+ in a plethora of educational settings: in schools/universities and privately, at single projects and courses, in person and online. Her teaching repertoire is vast, as is her experience working with students whose musical objectives vary widely. She teaches classical and contemporary piano, contemporary singing, instrumental and choral ensembles, orchestras, music theory and classical music appreciation.
Vicky teaches each student with the outmost care and respect towards their individual goals and circumstances. She skilfully attends to her students' needs and experiences, and works in a clear way that challenges and enriches musical learning. Obstacles are addressed in a calm and sympathetic way, and effort is recognised and commended. A deep sense of trust and appreciation is built between tutor and student, in most cases creating a long-lasting relationship.
STUDIES & PERFORMANCE
Vicky began receiving piano tuition in Corfu, Greece, where she was born. She continued her piano studies at the National Conservatory of Athens and obtained her Piano Recital Diploma with Distinction and a Special Prize for Exceptional Performance. She holds a Bachelor in Music (Honours) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance from the Royal College of Music; she also holds a Masters in Performance from Goldsmiths College.
As a singer, Vicky performs non-classical repertoire, mainly musical theatre, jazz, pop, rock, soul, crossover and Greek art songs. She has sung original music with the renowned Maria Farantouri at the prestigious Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus, and has appeared in various concerts featuring original music for voice and instrumental ensembles. In addition to performing covers and original songs, she also writes her own music for voice and piano.
A few recent classical music performances include piano and chamber music recitals and concertos with orchestras at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kings Place, William Aston Hall, Leicester Cathedral, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Sherborne Abbey, Christchurch Priory, the Literature Society of Corfu and the Paxos Festival. Vicky has performed with dozens of professional musicians in individual concerts as well as tours.
Whilst at the Royal College of Music and Goldsmiths College, Vicky participated in numerous solo piano and chamber-music masterclasses given by pianists and conductors. Furthermore, she worked with Nelson Goerner and Paul Badura-Skoda at the Sion Academy masterclasses, and with Mikhail Voskresensky at the International Holland Music Sessions. She is a scholar of the Leventis Foundation and the Solti Foundation.
In August 2015, her world premiere recording of Beethoven symphonies 1 & 5 arranged for piano 4-hands by Carl Czerny (with pianist George-Emmanuel Lazaridis) was released by Resonus Classics. She has also recorded for Toccata Classics repertoire for 2-pianos and piano 4-hands by Shostakovich (with pianist Jakob Fichert).
HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST POSITIONS
* Deputy Head of Music Service at Camden Music Service
* Music Director at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
* Head of Scholarships & Artistic Planning at the Drake Calleja Trust
* Head of Keyboard at Ardingly College
* Music Qualifications Manager at Trinity College London
* Music Lecturer and Chorus Director at Middlesex University
* Deputy Piano Tutor at Junior Dep. of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
* Music Consultant at Westminster Music & Arts
* Trustee and Secretary at the London Chamber Music Society