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GERMANY TEACHERS CVs

Marianna Chelidoni (guitar teacher)

From a young age, I got very passionate about classical guitar and started off at the age of 10 . I formally commenced my music studies at the State Conservatory of Athens , graduating with the highest distinction. Then I continued my studies in Brussels under the guidance of Antigoni Goni (2018).

Currently I am pursuing my master in Classical guitar with a special interest in baroque music and instruments such as baroque guitar and Theorbo in the University of Arts in Berlin .

Along with my musical studies, I studied International and European Economics graduating from the Athens University (2014).

I enjoy travelling, cycling and reading books.

Katharina Fischer (guitar teacher)

At the age of ten I began playing the guitar at the Musik- und Kunstschule Havelland. Since then, playing together with other people has been an important part for me. So I completed my Bachelor in year 2016 at the University of the Arts in Berlin and began teaching the guitar at the Musik- und Kunstschule Havelland in 2013 as well. I love practicing and teaching music in its great diversity, that is why I am also teaching elementary music practice at primary school. My future project will be making music with groups of older people. In my free time I take part in a guitar ensemble in Berlin Spandau, with which we had different concert trips to Sweden, Netherlands and Germany. When I am travelling, I am especially interested in the foreign culture and countryside. I love gardening and being in the nature with my partner, our dachshund and friends.

Michael Hadrisch (guitar teacher)

I began playing the guitar when I was 14 years old. I studied classical guitar and jazz guitar at the University of Potsdam, Germany and the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York, USA. From 2003 to 2007 I was a faculty member at the music department of the University of Potsdam, teaching Jazz Theory und Jazz Improvisation.

As a musician I play mostly with small Jazz ensembles. In addition I perform solo as well as with larger groups, for example with the Police Orchestra of Brandenburg. As a conductor I led the Schwungkollegium, the Big Band of the University of Potsdam. In addition to Jazz and Classical music I’m also interested in Bluegrass music, playing the banjo, dobro and double bass.

At the Musik- und Kunstschule Havelland I teach guitar, electric guitar and ensembles, ranging from a classical guitar quartet to pop and jazz bands. Furthermore I write and arrange for larger musical ensembles and also lead and conduct them.

Pedro Izquierdo (guitar teacher and coordinator)

I began playing classical guitar in Spain when I was 9 years old. Several years later I completed my studies with honours and was awarded a state scholarship in order to continue my studies abroad. I finished my Masters in solo and Chamber music performance with honours in Salzburg (Austria) by Marco Tamayo first and in Weimar (Germany) by Ricardo Gallén right after.

Since 2008 I share stage with Dora Nakou as NoiZ guitar duo and since 2010 I live in Berlin, where I combine the educational practice in the Musik- und Kunstschule Havelland with my artistic activity. I am happily married and father of two sons. I enjoy music, sport, learning foreign languages and being in the nature above all.

Ella Kastner (guitar teacher)

I was born in Berlin and started to play the classical guitar at the age of 7. Additionally I had singing classes and piano lessons at the Musik- und Kunstschule Havelland and successfully took part at different competitions. In 2019 I began to study music and sports education at the Universität der Künste Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. In the same year I began teaching at the Musik- und Kunstschule Havelland. I am an enthusiastic choir singer at the Kammerchor der Künste Berlin and since 2021 also at the Audi Jugendchorakademie. Swimming is my primary sport, but I also like to go biking and jogging especially in the nature. 

Antje Knobl (guitar teacher)

I was born in 1965 in Falkensee, near Berlin. My father worked as a musician at the Komische Oper Berlin, so I had early contact with music. After taking piano lessons at first, I discovered the guitar for myself only at the age of 13.

After school I studied to become a dental technician and worked for a few years.

From 1990 to 1995 I studied classical guitar and jazz singing at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, graduating with a diploma.

Since 1988 I have been teaching guitar and ukulele at the „Musik- und Kunstschule Havelland“.

Here I am also active as a functional manager for plucked string instruments and singing.

But I also enjoy making music together. With the "Duo Confianca" on guitar and vocals or in the gospel quintet "The Singers" (www.singersweb.de) as a singer.

In my hobbies I am engaged in stone sculpture and since 1986 I am a member of the Berlin Stone Symposium around Christine Deweny.

I am married, have 2 adult children, 1 cat, 4 rabbits and a horse.