• 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.

  • Director & Head Teacher - Violin, Piano, Voice, Theory

    Patrycja Mikiciuk


    (01) 621 86 73 or 085 125 1712

    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.

  • Business & Administration Manager

    Tomasz Mikiciuk


    (01) 621 86 73 or 085 125 7503

    Tomasz is Fermata School of Music business manager since 2011.

    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 products. He will guide you through all our facilities and explain our rules.

    Tomasz is available  Monday - Friday from 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM  and Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

  • Violin | Piano | Theory

    Tomas Siarkiewicz

    Tomasz is a graduate of the Music Academy in Gdansk. He’s an outstanding violinist and performer with many years of stage experience and pedagogical input. He was former member of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra and founder of the quartet Milonga Baltica and the team Klezmoret Trio.

    As a teenager he worked with many famous conductors and musicians from across the world. He has performed at many prestigious festivals throughout Europe. So far he participated in releasing four studio albums with "Orchestra & Lukasz Dlugosz", "Elbląska Orchestra & Ryszard Rynkowski", "Klezmoret Trio" and "Milonga Tango Baltica".

  • Piano | Double Bass | Theory | School's Accompanist

    Maja Rumianowska

    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.

  • Saxophone | Clarinet | Theory

    Patrick Hughes

    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.

  • Piano | Theory | School's Accompanist

    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.

  • Introduction To The Music | Piano | Theory

    Sharon Swords

    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.

  • Acoustic Guitar | Electric Guitar | Classical Guitar | Ukulele

    Andrii Kryzhanivskyi

    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.

  • Piano | Junior & Leaving Cert | Theory

    Brendan Kennedy

    Brendan Kennedy is a Bachelor of Music first class honour graduate of Maynooth University, majoring in piano performance and minoring in composition. He is currently undertaking further piano study with Lance Coburn in the Royal Irish Academy of Music with whom he has been studying since 2015.

    Brendan has participated in various piano competitions, gaining awards from Highly Commended to 1st Place in the PAI Piano Festival for the Silver Jubilee Category. He has also participated in highly prestigious piano master classes with world-renowned pianists, Sinae Lee, Alexander Bernstein and Therese Fahy.

    Brendan has wide experience in accompaniment, and has worked with many ensembles both instrumental and vocal for performances within the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Maynooth University and the National Gallery of Ireland.

    On top of this, Brendan is also an emerging composer and has had the privilege in having his works performed by the Maynooth University Choral Society and also by members of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

  • Voice | Piano | Theory

    Francesco Giusti

    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. 

  • Acoustic Guitar | Electric Guitar | Piano | Theory

    Katie Neville

    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.

  • Flute | Piano | Music Theory

    Anhelina Ivanets

    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 .

  • Piano | Theory

    Akos Biro

    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.

  • Violin | Viola | Introduction To Violin | Piano

    Francesca White

    An experienced teacher and musician, Francesca plays both violin and viola. Francesca completed her studies in music and music education at Columbia University in New York and also pursued additional studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

    Her principal teachers include Janet Sims and Simon Aspell as well as additional studies with Adele Johnson and Evan Wilson. A participant of many music festivals. Francesca has been a part of Eastern Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, and Chautauqua Music Festival. Francesca also holds an HDip from Trinity College in Dublin in drama. 

    Francesca is a specialist on providing violin lessons for children from age of 3. In the fun-filled classes, children will learn violin technique and music theory in a warm, friendly environment. Parent attendance is recommended (but not a must), and parents will receive a copy of each lesson plan so they can practice with their children at home. 

  • Piano | Theory

    Yelida Franco

    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.

  • Voice | Piano

    Sylvia O'Brien

    Sylvia O'Brien - a lecturer on the vocal faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, external examiner of the RIAM and vocal tutor in the Department of Music at the University of Ireland, Maynooth.

    During her seven years as professional choral member of the National Chamber Choir of Ireland (1998-2003), Sylvia coached and tutored many different schools and groups, from opera to compositional workshops and from vocal tuition to choral singing.

    While living in Holland (2009-2014) Sylvia setup my own teaching studio The Sylvia O’Brien Voice Studio and taught a wide spectrum of students i.e. amateur choral singers, students preparing for school and third level examinations

  • Acoustic Guitar | Bass Guitar | Electric Guitar

    Kevin McCarthy

    Kev McCarthy is a Dublin based Guitarist with over 16 years experience. He received his Higher National Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance from the Rock School, Ballyfermot in 2012 and went on to be awarded a 1st Class Honours Degree from BIMM Dublin in the Guitar Discipline in 2016. A versatile guitarist, Kev is adept in a range of styles covering Blues, Rock, Pop and Jazz. He plays acoustic and electric guitars and also some Bass guitar. He currently performs as a solo guitarist and is the bassist in the Dublin 4-piece band, Fade To Light. 

  • Voice | Theory

    Klaudiusz Lesniak

    Eminent baritone. Honors graduate of 1st and 2nd grade Polish School of Music in Jelenia Gora in soloist vocal class.

    Student of 4th year of Karol Lipinski Academy of Vocal & Music in Wrocław in the class of world-famous tenor, Tadeusz Pszonka.

    Winner of many international singing and vocal competitions. Visiting Ireland regularly to conduct vocal master classes and take part in schools' competitions and concerts.

  • Violin

    Sarolta Simo

    Sarolta was born in Transylvania and started learning the violin at the age of ten. She studied violin, piano, orchestral music, chamber music, theory, composition and music history at the Arts Lyceum in Targu Mureş, Romania and continued her studies at the Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music in Cluj Napoca, where she attained her Master Diploma in violin.

    She then performed numerous concerts in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Hungary as first violinist in the Hungarian Opera Orchestra, Transylvanian Symphony Orchestra and several chamber orchestras. After coming to Ireland in 2009, Sarolta studied traditional Irish fiddle with Brian Duffy and Olcan Masterson, then joined the band What the Folk, touring with them around Ireland for three years.

    She moved to Dublin in 2012 and joined the Dublin Orchestra Players and UCD Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ciarán Crilly, performing in the National Concert Hall and National Convention Centre. She has also performed as a soloist with the Dublin Orchestra Players in performances of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe.

    More recently, Sarolta has worked with several Dublin-based professional string quartets and performed with the inaugural orchestra of the Irish National Youth Ballet, founded by Ciarán Crilly in 2012.