Born and educated in Rome, moved to the UK to complete a course of academic studies in music, first as an undergraduate at Edinburgh University (Bachelor of Music with Honours) and then as a postgraduate at Huddersfield University.
Having completed my composition Masters in 2000 and my composition research (MPhil) in 2005, I specialised in music teaching through a training opportunity at Franklin College, Grimsby, via Sheffield Hallam University's PGCE (PCET) FE/HE programme, and gained experience of classroom teaching, during and following which I also taught as a violin specialist in schools around Leeds, and, later, as a full-time lecturer at East Berkshire College.
Following this, I taught as a full-time Instructor in Music at Aberdeen College (now North East Scotland College) from 2009 to 2015, delivering SQA units for composition, music technology, music industry, group and solo performance, as well as preparing students for ABRSM theory and LCM performance on piano and violin.
I am also p/t at Edinburgh College (former Jewel & Esk college) as a popular music lecturer, teaching studio/DAW units as well as MIDI composition and editing, mixing and mastering through ProTools and LogicPro, and other units, including theory, online music promotion, and more.
I also founded the sonADA festival with Dr. Suk-Jun Kim (University of Aberdeen) in 2014 and had three editions of the festival, including the Torry Sound Project and other initiatives in the area. I have connections with the local (and wider) music industry and I always encourage my pupils to take their music outside the practice room, and to attend as many concerts in order to widen their appreciation of music.
My composition interest is also strong and I have submitted work for composition competitions, and played my work at festivals in Aberdeen. I have been involved with the University of Aberdeen's composition seminars and I will continue to work on my interests in contemporary/experimental music.
I am an ICMA examiner and I can prepare pupils for exams for this board as well as ABRSM, LCM, and Trinity; I am also a Standards Verifier for BTEC/Pearson's for Music and Music Technology Nationals in England, and I have held guest seminars/lectures at the University of Aberdeen and University of Edinburgh in performance and composition.
I am also a Regional Officer for the European String Teachers' Association UK, and an International Baccalaureate music examiner.
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