Meet the Team – Strings

The Music department is pleased to welcome new and returning tutors this year. Here we get to know the talent leading the String courses at Morley.

Ana Ivanova and Evva Mizerska

Can you tell us a little about your background in music and what attracted you to Morley?

Ana Ivanova: Being able to play the viola and the violin is for sure one of the best things in my life. Although the journey has not always been easy, I have done it for over 20 years in professional orchestras, as a chamber musician and a soloist. Music has taken me to many countries in the world and I could bravely say that it has greatly enhanced my life experience and enriched my life on a very profound level.

What attracted me to Morley is the fact that it gives adults of all ages and backgrounds the possibility for lifelong learning. As well, I am deeply convinced that playing an instrument can be learned at any age! Simply said, the existence and the ideas of Morley College resonate deeply with my conviction about the accessibility of music, and give me the great opportunity to bring the violin and viola to adult learners who are motivated and wish to explore their talents. 

Evva Mizerska: Although I am a classically trained cellist, and classical music is in the centre of my attention, I also enjoy working with musicians from different backgrounds. I.e. I play in a tango quartet, or even improvise in live events with DJ’s. What I love about Morley is meeting new people – students, who start an instrument like cello in their adult lives, and I can watch it becoming their passion. It is a great privilege to be able to assist in that!

Can you give us some insight into what we can look forward to from your courses this year?

AI: As I previously mentioned, I would love to bring the violin and viola to adult learners and help them to discover the world of music-making in a friendly, relaxed and stimulating environment. There will be a lot of fun and, of course, hard work and useful tips on instrumental techniques, musicianship and ensemble playing, as well as everyone will be able to have a go at composing their own tunes for violin or viola. You will be able to learn repertoire that suits you and I will do my absolute best to support you through each step of your learning and help you achieve your absolute best! 

EM: For the new learners it will be learning the basics of this most sensual of the string instruments, but you will be surprised how much you can learn in the first term! By the end of the year you will be playing some beautiful pieces solo and in ensembles. The intermediate students will be developing new techniques and always working on the sound and comfort of playing. More challenging pieces in variety of styles in solo and ensemble setting are waiting for you.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining one of your courses?

AI: If you have come to the wonderful Morley College and you are thinking about playing the violin or the viola, I would sincerely like to congratulate you: this means to me that you already have what it takes in order to learn, you have music in your heart and mind! I can definitely confirm from my own experience that playing violin and viola is a very enjoyable activity and the more I do it, the more I love it. I would like also to mention that there are three different courses to choose from and I would like to encourage you to give it chance and come along to the one that suits you best and then you will see for yourselves!

EM: Cello is such a beautiful instrument, and although it requires regular practice – if you have a passion for it, you can do it! If in doubt, come to the first class to try it and have a chat with me and fellow students.

The Music department is pleased to welcome new and returning tutors this year. Here we get to know the talent leading the String courses at Morley.

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