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Talia Korol

Director: Group Piano & Music Therapy

Talia (MA, MT-BC, NMT) is a music teacher and music therapist who specializes in working with young children and individuals with additional needs. She holds degrees in Music Therapy and Piano Performance as well as an MA in Education. Talia is our resident music therapist and runs our the Group Piano program. She also has extensive experience as a neurologic music therapist working with children on the autism spectrum, children and adults with speech and language disorders, and adults dealing with ADHD, depression and anxiety. In addition to leading our incredible team of cycling teachers, Talia serves on the management committee of the European Piano Teacher's Association UK and is the editor of Piano Professional magazine. She also writes regular articles on music and wellbeing for

Selin Asar

Teacher: Piano and Singing

Selin is a multi-talented artist and music teacher with a diverse background in music and education, boasting over 9 years of experience. She embarked on her musical journey by earning an honours degree in the opera department, laying a strong foundation in classical music. Her unwavering passion for teaching led her to further her education, culminating in a master's degree in educational sciences. Selin offers comprehensive lessons covering a wide range of musical genres, including classical music, jazz, improvisation, and popular styles. Her approach encourages students to explore their musical interests, both in piano and vocal techniques. With a focus on positive, psychologically oriented educational methods and authentic teaching materials, Selin creates an enjoyable learning experience for students of all ages and skill levels.

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Jeffery Macsim

Teacher: Piano

Jeffery started playing the piano at the age of six and went on to study at Romania’s Gheorghe Dima Academy of MusicHe studied under the guidance of acclaimed Romanian pianist and pedagogue Daniel Goiți and Prof. Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music in London and from September 2017 he began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music on a full scholarship. In 2018 he was awarded the Grand Prix of the Concours International de Piano S.A.R. la Princesse Lalla Meryem in Rabat, Morocco. Recent and future engagements include recitals in Portugal (April, 2019), Spain – courtesy of ‘Cita con los Clasicos’ festival (May, 2019) as well as a tour of several Moroccan cities in December 2019, courtesy of the French Embassy and the Institut Français du Maroc.

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Hyunjung Jung

Teacher: Piano

Hyunjung was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She attended an arts high school and holds a Bachelor’s degree in classical music composition from Ewha Womans University, the most prestigious women’s university in South Korea. She has recently completed a master's degree in London at University of Westminster.

In addition to classical piano, Hyunjung plays jazz piano, harp, organ, and a little bit of guitar and cello as it greatly inspires her work as a musician, art entrepreneur, and music teacher. Drawing on her education and interest in diverse instruments, she composes and performs with Jung's Trio which she formed to popularise classical music to the public. Additionally, Hyunjung teaches Korean traditional music at the London Korean School, the largest Korean school in the UK and disseminates Korean traditional music to a broader audience. Hyunjung really enjoys working as a music teacher and always aims to provide an enjoyable experience of music to children.​


Arnaldo Cogorno

Teacher: Piano

Arnaldo is a Venezuelan pianist and piano teacher currently studying Music Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. He started his music studies when he was six years old in his hometown of Margarita, Venezuela and made his debut in the Fedora Alemán Concert Hall in Caracas with the Evencio Castellanos Youth Orchestra, playing Mozart’s piano concerto no.23 in 2018. Soon after, he moved to London and accepted a place at Trinity Laban with a scholarship award. Since his arrival, Arnaldo has been teacher and artist-in-residence at the World Heartbeat Music Academy, giving several recitals and concerts and holding a teaching agenda of young talented students. Arnaldo was a finalist in the John Longmire Competition (2021), first prize winner in the Silvia Eisenstein piano competition in Caracas (2016) and second prize winner in the Alfred Kitchin Competition (2023). He performs consistently in both solo and chamber recitals in different venues around London such as St. George’s Church Beckenham, St. Barnabas’ Church Southfields, St. Francis West Wickham, among others. He looks forward to many future performances and participating in international competitions.

Ions Ivanovs

Teacher: Piano

Ion Ivanov is a pianist, composer, music producer and piano tutor specialised in classical music, jazz and music theory. As a musician, Ion writes his own music combining classical music, jazz, hip hop, trap, r&b and neo soul with vocal samples and his own voice. He graduated from the South Thames College in Music Performance and Middlesex University in BA Jazz Piano and since has amassed a wealth of experience in music tutoring. He follows an individualistic approach with all his students to ensure they enjoy their lessons whilst reaching their full potential with the instrument.

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Saurabh Shivakumar

Teacher: Guitar and Uke

Saurabh Shivakumar, a seasoned musician with roots in India, Singapore, and four enriching years in England, is an esteemed alumnus of Trinity Laban's BMus Jazz program. An accomplished composer and arranger, Saurabh's passion lies in captivating through his creations. He recently collaborated on the remarkable 'Prom No. 18 – Tribute to Lata Mangeshkar,' highlighting his arranging skills alongside the CBSO, conducted by Michael Seal, and featuring Palak Muchhal. This endeavor, broadcast nationally and live from the Royal Albert Hall, showcased his ability to harmoniously merge talents with renowned musicians.


With a vision encompassing film, TV, contemporary classical music, and commercial arranging, Saurabh is not only an artist but also a dedicated mentor, igniting passion in students. His journey is adorned with diverse pursuits, from music production to photography, enriched by years of experience in session music, musical theater, and stage management.


As a Trinity Laban graduate, Saurabh's commitment to music remains unwavering. Watch for updates on his latest ventures and performances, as his distinctive musical voice continues to resonate.

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