• Our Teachers & Staff

  • All teachers in Fermata School of Music are highly qualified instrumental experts giving You or Your child an unique opportunity to become a musician

    Fermata School of Music is fully committed to safeguarding the well- being of its young students. Teachers must at all times, show respect and understanding for the rights, safety and welfare of students and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the school.

    The aim of the Child Protection Policy is to promote best practice in protection and set out a procedural framework to ensure that all who have contact with the young students are equipped to make informed responses to specific issues and minimize the risk with regard the protection and welfare issues.

    In addition all teachers and assisting staff in Fermata School of Music must sign Self Declaration Child Protection Form and are fully Garda Vetted.

  • Patrycja Mikiciuk

    Owner & Head Teacher For Violin, Piano, Voice, Music Theory

    Patrycja Mikiciuk is Fermata School of Music Director and actively participating music teacher. Patrycja is volinist with over 15 years of experience mainly playing as a full-time musician in philharmonic and chamber orchestras. Founder of the school, Patrycja Mikiciuk, originates from a Polish family with very deep music roots and has a very broad range of experiences and qualifications in music, teaching and management areas.

    Patrycja completed 1st and 2nd Level Music School in Poland. She's leaving certificate graduate from School Of Music in viola, piano, advanced music theory, harmony, ear training and music education in Jelenia Gora, Poland. Patricia is Masters Of Music graduate with speciality of pedagogics and choir conducting in Zielona Gora, Poland. Patrycja is music teacher with over 15 years of combine experience.

  • Tomasz Mikiciuk

    Business Manager

    Tomasz manages Fermata School of Music since 2011 providing the top customer care and staff management.

    He brought a broad customer care knowledge and experience, as well as key set of managing skills.

    You can meet Tomasz at our reception and ask any question about our lovely school of music and available courses. He will guide you through all our facilities and explain any concerns.

    You can meet Tomasz between Monday and Friday from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM  and Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. We suggest to call in advance and book an appointment - 085-125 7503

  • Cathal O'Briain

    Cathal O'Briain is a native of Dublin - an owner of O'Briain Pianos - a small piano tuning and restoration business based in Lucan, Co. Dublin. Cathal specializes in the preservation of rare and unique period pianos, reviving the original look, sound, feel, and character of each piano coming into his care. Cathal offers a 20% discount on traditional upright pianos to Seniors Citizens, Irish Care Institutions, and customers with Special Needs residing in Leinster.

    Cathal O'Briain is trusted piano supplier for Fermata School of Music Lucan customers offering second to none service

    On the other hand Cathal O'Briain a certified Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist and believes that many symptoms can be relieved by working directly with the unconscious under the right professional guidance. He aims to help people get better without holding out the promise of a cure. "I avoid giving advice, or recommending ways to live. In therapy, the goal is to decipher the unconscious and move the person towards the truth of their own desire." To find more about Cathal's publications simply visit his dedicated website - www.cathalobriain.com

  • Maja Rumianowska

    Teaches Piano, Double Bass, Music Theory and is In House Accompanist

    Maja is a piano and double bass player, with a Master’s Degree in Music and a Teaching Diploma. She graduated from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She has years of experience in stage and teaching.

    Maja is a winner of numerous music competitions, in both piano and double bass. She is also a qualified accompanist performing with vocalists, choir and many instrumentalists. As a double bass player Maja had a chance to perform with many different orchestras around Europe and work with the best conductors and soloists.

    She also participated in numerous international summer masterclasses as a piano soloist, double bass soloist and chamber music player.

  • Anhelina Ivanets

    Teaches Piano, Flute, Music Theory and is In House Accompanist

    Ahelina Ivanets is honors graduate of the Academy of Music in Lutsk, Ukraine. She completed degree with piano, music theory, flute, ear training and music education as her main streams. She is certified teacher to work with children and adults.

    From early childhood Anhelina was always surrounded by music. She began learning to play piano at theage of 7. Her parent were always a great supporters to het and made big influence on her musical career. Anhelina has broad music knowledge supported by over 7 years of experience in children’s education. Anhelina worked School of Music in Lutsk in Ukraine before moved to Ireland in 2005.

    She is an outstanding piano player and with broad stage performance experience. Anhelina is engaged, enthusiastic and determined teacher. She has pleasure to work with children and loves to see their development and growing interest and love in music .

  • Andryi Blyznyuk

    Andriy Blyznyuk being born in Ukraine he studied Musicology and Piano in Academy of Music in Kharkov specializing in music of the second Viennese school. Andriy started his teaching career in Moscow in the Gnesin's College of Music and the Russian Academy of Theatrical Art in 1995. At the beginning of the Millennium he moved to Prague where he established himself as a jazz pianist of the local jazz scene.

    Since 2004 lives in Ireland. At some stage he took advantage of travelling around the globe working for cruise lines as an orchestra musician and chamber music accompanist. His interest in piano repertoire spans early baroque music up to modern academical pieces not to mention the mainstream Jazz Standards, Cuban music and the American musicals.

    Andriy believes that his teaching method will give his students a solid musical foundation from the very beginning which will help them to achieve the most and bring them really far with piano development.

  • Yelida Franco

    Teaches Piano & Music Theory

    Yelida is a former student of the Dominican National Conservatory and the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona. started her studies at 6 years of age in the national elementary school of music. She started by playing the recorder as part of her introduction to music choosing to specialize in Piano. 

    With over 14 years experience Yelida is an enthusiastic and dedicated piano teacher. She completed her Musical Pedagogy as part of her studies in the Dominican Republic. As a young student she participated in different Latin American piano contests and Master Classes with international concert international Piano players.

    Her piano experience includes excellent methodologies from her different teachers from Japan, Spain and the Dominican Republic which implemented the Kodali piano methodology at her early age. She has performed in the Dominican Republic in various concerts for the National Conservatory and also in the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona.

    She also took part at a recital in a small town in Barcelona produced by young poets as an accompanist to the poets. She has volunteered in important classical musical festivals in the Dominican Republic due to her close connection to the national symphonic orchestra and musicians allowing her experience the technique and experience of known and prestigious piano and orchestra directors such as Philippe Entremont.

  • SooRyoung (Lara) Heo

    Teaches Violin & Music Theory

    Lara is a native of South Korea and she started violin at the age of 7. She is a graduate of Ewha Womans University and Sunwha Arts High School.

    Lara has many years of teaching experience of various students. She is a brilliant violinist who has a beautiful tone with strong technique. Lara posses various experiences in global stages of violin performance. She was a former member of Ewha Orchestra and Solemio Ensemble.

    As a teenager she studied in professional music school and learned intensively about music. She has performed various repertories not only solo pieces but also ensemble and orchestra music. She worked with many famous conductors and musicians  all over the world.
     
    She performed in Seoul National arts center, National center for the performing Arts of China. She would be a perfect teacher for students who wants to improve skills in a short time.
     
    At Fermata School of Music Lara provides private violin lessons and master classes as well as group classes of Introduction To Violin for children and adults. Lara prepares for grading exams of Royal Irish Academy of Music as well as ABRSM. 
  • Katie Neville

    Teaches Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Banjo & Piano

    Katie Neville is an Irish classical guitarist and composer. As a solo guitarist, Katie has won several prizes such as 1st place in the Senior Classical Guitar Cup and 2nd place in the Contemporary Irish Guitar competition at the ESB Feis Ceoil. She has performed in masterclasses with renowned classical guitarists such as Xu Fei Yang, Berta Rojas and Craig Ogden. Having graduated with a 1st class degree from Maynooth University in 2016, she has chosen to pursue her studies further by undertaking a Masters in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under Marion Hyland.

    Katie's second instrument is piano. She completed Royal Irish Academy of Music Grade 8 Exam and is very regarded tutor in this discipline of music by children and adults.

    In parallel with her instrumental studies and her teaching, Katie's work as a musician includes chamber music and composition. Among her most notable ensemble appearances, she was proud to lead the Irish Youth Guitar Orchestra in 2016 during their inaugural tour.

    Similarly, as part of the OAK Duo, she had the great honour of working alongside the RTE Con Tempo String Quartet under the Galway Music Residency Apprentice Ensemble scheme. In a compositional capacity, Katie's works have been premiered by both student & professional performers, including the wonderful Chamber Choir Ireland and members of the National Symphony Orchestra.

  • Andrii Kryzhanivskyi

    Teaches Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar and Ukulele

    Andrii has graduated with Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine (Post Degree in Music Performance). During the study time in Tchaikovsky Academy he began his concert activity locally and abroad. He is also first performer of new original works written by contemporary guitar composers. Since Andrii moved to Ireland he continued career as a guitar teacher and performer. Andrii occupies a deputy teacher position in Kylemore College and prepares students for RIAM/ABRSM examination with the successful result. One of his students won 2-nd prize on the Classical Guitar Competition in Dublin at RDS Feis Ceoil  in March 2016, the 3-rd prize on the Newpark Music Festival in February 2017, the 1-st prize on the Classical Guitar Competition in Dublin at RDS Feis Ceoil  in March 2017.

  • Akos Biro

    Teaches Piano & Music Theory

    Akos is an experienced and passionate piano teacher.  He started his studies at Erkel Ferenc Music School in Hungary. In Ireland  studying with Marta Erdei he received his Piano Teaching Diploma at Royal Irish Academy of Music.

    Akos won 2nd prizes in various piano competitions: In 2013 Senior Piano Sonata, Newpark Music Festival & in 2016 Piano Open Advanced and Senior Repertoire Piano, Arklow Music Festival.

    Akos studied Alexander technique  that helps his students achieve high technical level and making piano playing a healthy activity.

    He has been teaching in Ireland for more than 5 years, he has over 30 students, many of them are doing successful exams at RIAM and ABRSM. Akos collected huge repertoire of music from over 100 books to provide motivating piano pieces for all of his students.

  • Patrick Hughes

    Teaches Saxophone, Clarinet and Music Theory

    Patrick Hughes is regarded as one of Ireland’s most exciting young saxophonists. He is a protégé of the world-renowned French saxophone virtuoso Jean-Yves Fourmeau, where he graduated from the Conservatoire National Régional de Cergy-Pontoise (Paris) with the much coveted Premiere Prix and Medaille d'or (Gold Medal) in Saxophone and Medaille d'Or á l'unianimité (Unanimously) in Chamber Music in June 2011. In June 2009 he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance degree at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where he studied with Kevin Hanafin and Fintan Sutton.
    He is an outstanding prizewinner, winning 1 st Prizes in both saxophone competitions and in the McCullough Cup at the E.S.B Feis Ceoil in Dublin. He is also the recipient of a Y.M.F.E (Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe) scholarship, Other highlights include 1 st Prize in the "Concours de Saxophone Parisien 2010" in Paris.
    In May 2009, Patrick was announced as the winner of the prestigious R.D.S Music Bursary. This is one of the largest music bursaries on offer to young musicians in Ireland and amongst the largest in Europe, and it is the first time in its seven-year history that this prize was awarded to a saxophonist.  
    He is a former member of both the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble and the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. He has participated in masterclasses and lessons with many of the world’s finest saxophonists including: Arno Bornkamp, John Harle, Jean-Dénis Michat and Kyle Horch and Otis Murphy. Patrick is a passionate teacher and teaches privately and at both Glasnevin and Ratoath Schools of Music.

    Outside of his working hours he is a part of the Swing Cats band - hugely popular in Ireland and Abroad

  • Sharon Swords

    Teaches Introduction To The Music, Piano and Music Theory

    My interest in music begin when I started to learn the violin at the age of ten. I wasn’t musical before this and found that learning to play an instrument was hindered by the fact that at that I had no sense of beat, no understanding of rhythm and definitely no pitch. I’m sure looking back I was a very difficult challenge for my teacher.

    Between 2007 and 2010 I was a member of the Mullingar Choral Society and sang in the National concert Hall in Dublin. My study of music is still growing today.

    I received a Diploma in group and community music teaching with the RIAM in 2014 and have attended numerous short courses studying the Kodaly approach, some with teachers from The Kodaly Institute of Hungary.

    My career has always involved music, firstly working for many years as a team leader in a music department that provided therapeutic music activities to adults with learning difficulties. I then worked as a special needs assistant in the local school where I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to teach music to each class.

    For the past ten years to present I have taught piano privately, where I also specialise in teaching piano to children diagnosed with Autism.

    I started working For Music Generation Offaly Westmeath in 2014 as a Kodaly Practitioner and have been fortunate enough to receive Kodaly training through MGOW, continuing from this I have had the opportunity to take my knowledge of Kodaly privately to schools.

  • Francesco Giusti

    Teaches Voice, Piano & Music Theory

    Italian born counter-tenor Francesco Giusti performed in numerous concerts both as a soloist and as a chorister, toured throughout Europe and Japan. He collaborated with various renown early music ensembles such as “Ensemble Concerto” (Roberto Gini) and “Il Canto di Orfeo” (Gianluca Capuano). With Ensemble Concerto, he recorded a CD “Monteverdi´s Sacred Music” published by Dynamic. He was also a member of the vocal group “Ensemble DSG” conducted by the Maestro di Cappella of San Petronio in Bologna (Italy), Michele Vannelli, with which he performed in several of Monteverdi´s masterpieces such as “Orfeo” in Mantua, and recorded “Vespro della Beata Vergine” and “Missa in Illo Tempore”. Prior to focusing on singing as a counter-tenor, he studied organ, piano and composition at the Bologna Conservatoire and Ferrara Conservatoire.

    In 2006 he begun his studies with the counter-tenor Andrew Watts at the Guildhall School School of Music & Drama, obtaining a BMus in 2007. In 2008, he specialised in historical singing at the Hochschule für Music und Thater in Leipzig, Germany with Gundula Anders, obtaining an Ergänzungsstudium degree in 2010. During his studies there, he sang the main role of the opera “Mario Fuggitivo” by Bononcini with several performances in Eastern Germany. Afterwards he sang in several staged projects led by the German artist Prof. Christa Näher of the Städel Schüle in Frankfurt Am Main and the Schola Cantorum Basilensis (Basel, Switzerland) alumni, violinist Matthias Klenota. In 2015, in one of these projects, he sang the newly composed piece ‘Centauri’, which was presented during the contemporary music festival Zeit Räume, in Basel.

    Francesco obtained a MMus in 2016 after studying with Xenia Meijer and Maarten Koningsberger at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During his studies there, he took part in numerous projects with renown conductors including Johannes Leertouwer, Teunis van der Zwart and Paul Dombrecht (Il Fondamento). He currently collaborates with the Domcantorij in Utrecht, performing masterpieces from both the Early and Contemporary repertoires such as M. A. Chapentier´s "Messe de Minuit" and Arvo Pärt´s "Passio". In 2017, together with fellows former students of Dutch institutions, he founded the ensemble "Hovkapell" specialized in the rediscovery and performance of musical treasures of the Scandinavian 1600s and 1700s. 

  • Maria-Noelle Creevey

    Teaches Violin and Music Theory

    Maria-Noelle is a Violinist currently based in Dublin and Kildare. She began her musical education at a very young age, studying the violin from the age of three.

    She has been awarded an Honours Degree in Music performance at Maynooth University and over the years has been mentored by Sébastien Petiet, Istvan Barnacz, Theresa Costello and Karl Sweeney and has also been awarded gold medal for her performance in the senior violin category at the Fintan O’Carrol Feis in Waterford.

    Maria made her professional Solo Debut with Beethoven’s Romance in F major with the Co. Kildare Orchestra in December 2016 of which she was leader for a number of years. This very piece will be performed in the Concert.

    Maria was the leader of the Maynooth University Orchestra and Maynooth University String Ensemble. She has also been asked to lead several quartets, trio’s and duo’s with various different musicians around Ireland for various concerts and workshops.

    Maria has also premiered and recorded many new works by prolific composers such as “String Fields” by American composer Bill Alves and “Aisling” by established Irish composer Dr. Martin O’Leary.

    As well as being a solo performer, Maria is also in demand as an orchestral player across the country with orchestras including the Royal Irish Academy of Music Philharmonia working with conductors such as Gerhard Markson, Andrew Mogrelia and Atso Almila, Co-Orch Dublin, and the Dublin Symphony Orchestra. She has also recently been invited to and attended a string mentoring session with the RTE Concert Orchestra under the direction of Mia Cooper.

    In addition to this Maria also currently teaches violin at the Academy of Music in Tullamore and also is called frequently to mentor youth orchestras such as the Midlands Youth Orchestra.

    Maria balances a lifestyle of teaching and performing and is the resident professional violinist for Cistercian College, Roscrea and Nenagh Choral Society productions.

  • Alan Guerreiro

    Teaches Classical, Acoustic or Electric Guitar and Music Theory

    Alan, BMus, has nearly 15 years experience teaching music, both theory and practice. He arrived in Ireland in March 2014, in order to study at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where he was awarded with Distiction Grade 10 in Classical Guitar. Due to the recommendation of his guitar instructor and to his high marks, Alan received a prestigious scholarship to keep his studies the following year, when he achieved the Advanced Performance in Classical guitar level 3.

    In Ireland, Alan had an intense activity as guitar and music theory teacher, preparing students for the exams of the RIAM. Alan has also done a Montessori Guitar Teaching course under the guidance of Redmond O’Toole.

    In 2017, Alan moved to Germany and was invited to continue his studies at the prestigious Universities of the Musik- Academie Basel, Switzerland under the guidance of Paul Galbraith and at the International Guitar Academy Berlin, Germany.

    In 2018, Alan finished the “Meisterkurs” at the the School of Excellence at the Musik-Akademie Basel