Lorraine Liyanage LRSM, CT ABRSM, ATCL, B.Sc (Hons)
Lorraine founded the SE22 Piano School in 2007 and teaches piano and harpsichord to both adults and children. Lorraine holds a piano performance diploma from Trinity College of Music (ATCL) and teaching and harpsichord performance diplomas from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (CT ABRSM & LRSM).
Lorraine maintains a busy performing career as a harpsichordist in the UK and abroad. She is the pianist in residence at Lassco Brunswick House and plays at weddings at The Old Library, Dulwich College. She also teaches piano at Harris Primary East Dulwich. Lorraine performs a recital for Southwark Council’s Black History Month later this year in Dulwich.
Lorraine also offers individual training and resources for Music Aptitude Test scholarship entry to local state schools such as Kingsdale, Prendergast and Haberdashers’. She made the shortlist for the Best Woman in Business in the Southwark Business Excellence Awards 2018.
Alexandra Kremakova M.Mus
Deputy Head Teacher
Alexandra joined the SE22 Piano School team in 2016 and teaches older beginners and intermediate-level students on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday at our piano studio in East Dulwich.
In 2013 she completed a Masters Degree in Piano Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and in 2014 a Postgraduate Artist Diploma at the same conservatoire.
She completed her Bachelors of Music at the National Music Academy in Sofia Bulgaria. Alexandra started playing the piano at the age of 5. During her music studies she has received numerous awards in competitions in Bulgaria and the UK including the Trinity Laban Soloist Competition and the Trinity Laban ‘Alfred Kitchin’ competition for performance of works of Frederyk Chopin.
Alexandra has completed NSPCC Child Protection Training. Enhanced DBS checked (Sept 2016).
Deputy Head Teacher & Music Scholarship Specialist
Mirna joined the SE22 Piano School in January 2019. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, at the age of 11 was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Escuela Superior de Música ‘Jose Angel Lamas’, the most important music conservatoire in the country. While continuing her studies in piano and opera singing, Mirna begin performing with the National Opera Company, while also teaching and working with children with special needs.
In 2002 she moved New York City, where she performed at numerous venues and continued teaching and taking masterclasses in performance and education. She has lived in London since 2007, and currently works here as a teacher and performer.
Rachael Ueckermann DipABRSM BMus(hons) MMus MISM
Associate Piano Teacher
After attending The Junior Department of The Royal Academy of Music, Rachael gained a place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire
of Music and Dance in 2011 where she gained her BMus (hons) in Piano Performance and was awarded ‘The Managing Director’s Prize’ at The Intercollegiate Piano Competition. She then went on to study at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she completed her MMus in Advanced Musical Studies. She is also hoping to begin her PhD in the near future.
Rachael performs extensively across the UK as a soloist and as a member of several ensembles, including the exciting Clarinet and Piano Duo – ‘Duo Suela’.
She is an experienced piano teacher and is capable of teaching children and adults of all abilities. Rachael specialises in Music Aptitude Test training and sees students on an ad hoc basis that need help preparing for Music Scholarships to local state schools.
Rachael is a Member of The ISM and has an enhanced DBS check. Rachael teaches on Wednesday.
Ben Kavanagh BA, MISM
Associate Piano Teacher
Ben is a pianist and composer with 10 years of live performance experience. He attended Dulwich College on a Music Exhibition. During his time there he played piano and tenor saxophone in the Big Band and Wind Orchestra, as well as singing in the Chapel Choir. He has achieved Grade 8 in Piano, Grade 5 in Tenor Saxophone and passed his Grade 5 Music Theory with distinction. After graduating from the University of Leeds with a BA in History (International) he returned to London to work as a performer.
He enjoys composing and his main influences are Tim Minchin and Billy Joel. He also enjoys arranging piano covers of songs from film, TV and gaming. His passion is comedy and he has taken several musical comedy based shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as being a finalist in several national stand-up competitions.
Ben is a member of the ISM and is available to teach beginners and intermediate-level students on Thursday and Saturday.
Associate Piano Teacher
We are delighted to welcome Maria Mombelli to the SE22 Piano School. Maria will be teaching on Thursday afternoon and currently has spaces at 4.30pm and 6pm. She teaches piano, saxophone and clarinet.
Maria is a teacher and performer who has participated in many festivals and venues showcasing her own original music. She shows the same love in performing as she does in teaching music. Maria brings passion and love to her lessons and makes sure that every student that she teaches enjoys their lessons.
She teaches Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet, Music Theory (Jazz and Classical) and Songwriting. Maria is experienced with ABRSM, Trinity and Rock school exams for any students who would like to work through graded exams. She can also help GCSE Music students with their compositions.