• Teachers & Staff in Fermata School of Music

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Hui Han Lui

    Teaches Piano and Music Theory

    Lui Hui Han is a Malaysian born pianist, currently pursuing MA in Performance and Musicology in Maynooth University.

    Prior to this, she has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from University Putra Malaysia, and a Licentiate (LTCL) from Trinity College London. She has participated in various events and competitions, and was awarded the Achievement Award for the piano solo category in the 2016 Malaysian Youth Music Festival (MYOF). She was also one of the scholarship recipients of the YAMAHA Scholarship Program 2017, as well as one of the finalist at the First International Aswara Piano and Vocal Competition. She has obtained a gold and silver medals in the Malaysian regional round of 5th Hong Kong International Youth Performance Art Festival and also did a solo recital during her internship at MARA University of Technology (UiTM).

    She also has four years of teaching experience, and has prepared students for ABRSM and Trinity College London piano exams and ABRSM theory exams.

  • 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.

  • Sorina Popa

    Teaches Voice, Piano & Music Theory

    I am a soprano with 14 years experience in singing and additional 18 years of piano. I am currently perusing part-time vocal studies (Stage 9) under Kathleen Tynan as a soprano in Royal Irish Academy of Music and Drama (RIAM). I am a Stage 9 student who has previously achieved 6 annual academic scholarships with distinction in RIAM. I also hold a Grade 8 Diploma with ABRSM.


    My singing career started at the age of 10 when I was accepted in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Girls’ Choir as a chorister by Musical Director and Assistant Organist David Leigh where I was a lead medal holder for 2 years in a row before being offered to further join as a Senior Choral Scholar. I have performed with the choir in St. David Church in Wales, Windsor Castle, Magdalen and St. Paul College Oxford, Chichester Cathedral and Chester Cathedral.

    I have participated in Inner –Schools and National Competitions such as Wesley College and Feis Ceoil until I was 18. Currently I participate in solo senior Feis Ceoil Competitions. 

    As both soloist and choral, I have also performed in the National Concert Hall with Dublin’s Bach Singers, Lassus Scholars and RIAM chorale as well as with RTE Concert and Symphony Orchesteas.

    As a soloist, I was also involved in numerous Christmas Concerts, weddings and funerals.

  • Lulu Tsang

    Teaches Voice, Piano & Music Theory

    Miss Lulu Tsang was born in Hong Kong where she began her music education at the age of 5 and obtained Grade 8 ABRSM in Piano and Singing at a young age. Miss Tsang is conservatory trained at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama and in 2011 she obtained a Bachelor (Hons) degree in Music specialising in Performance studies and Composition from National University of Ireland Maynooth.

    She has over 10 years of teaching experiences while her students age range from 4 to 70. She teaches Piano/Singing/Theory/Junior & Leaving Cert Music. Miss Tsang regularly performs sacred music in churches, and has sung in venues such as NCH and RDS in Dublin.Miss Tsang specialises in romantic piano, operatic and sacred vocal music, she also has a strong interest early childhood music education and musical theatre in recent years.

    I am very happy to be a part of Fermata School of Music and I am looking forward to meet you all soon !"

  • Solomiya Maksymiv

    Teaches Harpischord, Piano & Music Theory

    Solomiya was born into a very musical family. I started to learn the Ukrainian chromatic recorder (Sopilka) when I was five. A year later I started to learn the piano and studied both instruments at the College of Music in the Drohobych City.

    I studied the Sopilka at the National Academy of Music in Lviv (Masters in 2007). In 2008 I moved to Austria to study the recorder. During this time I studied recorder consort and historical performance with Yvonne Luisi-Weichsel and later Michael Hell at the Institute for Early Music and Performance Practice at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz (Masters in 2016).

    In 2012 I also started studies with the harpsichord, basso continuo and historically performance with Michael Hell. I took part in numerous chamber music and baroque orchestra projects (e.g. the production of Dryden’s and Purcell’s ”King Arthur”) with the harpsichord. I also took part in master-classes with Jesper Bøje Christensen, Eva Maria Pollerus (Harpsichord and Basso Continuo) and Michael Schneider (Recorder). I won several competitions, national and international with the Sopilka and played concerts with different orchestras and ensembles in Ukraine and Europe.

    I was a harpsichord player of Musica Coeli – Graz, where I played many pieces, most notably St. John’s Passion (J.S. Bach), Athalia (G.F. Händel) and others. I was also organist of the Carmelite monastery of Graz. After the concert tour in Ireland (2015) with Sharon Carty, mezzo soprano and Vuenv recorder consort I very much enjoyed the experience of living and playing music in Ireland and in particular the wonderful people I met. I am currently studying the harpsichord with David Adams at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

  • Ms Klaudija Dikic

    Teaches Violin & Music Theory

    My name is Klaudija Antonia Đikić and I am from Croatia. I am 23 and I professional violinist and violin teacher. I finished the primary music school "Josip Hatze" in Kaštela, in the class of professor Gabriela Lozić, in the period from 2003 to 2009 year. I continued to attend secondary music school in Split "Josip Hatze" in the class of professor Astrid Jakičević from 2009 to 2013 year.

    During the secondary music school I was going to classes to professor Evgenia Epshtein from 2011 to 2013 year. I attended courses 2012 and 2013 year at professor Orest Shourgot. In 4th grade of secondary music school I moved to Zageb at music school "Pavao Markovac", where I was in the class of professor Ines Ana Badanjak from 2013 to 2014 year.

    I enrolled to the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of professor Anđelko Krpan, where I was from 2014 to 2017. In that period I worked with the assistants of professor Anđelko Krpan, they are: professor Martin Draušnik (from 2015 to 2016 year) and professor Ivo Dropulić (from 2016 to 2017 year). In the project El Sistema Croatia in Zagreb under the leadership of professor Ricardo Luque, I was mentor in teaching kids playing violin in the period from 2017 to 2018 year. Meanwhile, since 2017 year I work with professor Martin Draušnik.

    I am now full time student at Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) and I will continue study in Dublin from this year at leadership professor Sarah Sew. I am very happy to be a part of Fermata School of Music and I am looking forward to meet you all soon 

  • Kevin Fitzpatrick

    Teaches Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet & Music Theory

    Kevin Fitzpatrick is a piano, saxophone and clarinet teacher. He is a licentiate of Trinity College of Music London and the London College of Music. As a performer, Kevin has performed extensively throughout Ireland and Europe during his career of over 30 years, and he regularly gives piano recitals at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

    As a clarinet player, he has performed with many orchestras in Ireland and the UK including the Dublin Orchestral players, Kildare county Orchestra, the BBC Radio Leeds orchestra and the Yorkshire Symphonia. Kevin also teaches in Newpark School of Music and Lucan School of Music.

    His teaching philosophy embraces classical, jazz, pop and music of all genres and he teaches the syllabi for all the major examining boards as well as music for fun and enjoyment.

  • Candy Wang

    Teaches Voice, Piano & Music Theory

    Candy Wang , is a China born classical music pianist and opera (soprano) singer, has complete the Grade 8 level piano exam committee of Central Conservatory of Music in China, has performed in Shanghai & Beijing at concert and college, has 12 years teaching experience in Shanghai & Shenzhen & Beijing, two and half years teaching experience in Dublin.

    Candy has been working with Childline for children protection since November 2017 until now, Candy engages with numerous of children presenting with a variety of issues. Candy has very different way to teach children about music, as she has psychology work background. She loves children and everyone, she is sweet, creative, and inspiring.  

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