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 is currently not accepting new students until September 2024.
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 also offers individual training for Music Aptitude Test scholarship entry to local state schools such as Kingsdale, Prendergast and Haberdashers’. She made the shortlist for Best Woman in Business in the Southwark Business Excellence Awards 2018 and won the Covid Business Resilience Award in 2020.
Alexandra Kremakova M.Mus
Deputy Head Teacher
Alexandra joined the SE22 Piano School team in 2016 and teaches on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at our piano studio in East Dulwich. She has one space for a new student to start lessons on Tuesday at 3.45pm.
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). Alex offers piano lessons in Russian/Bulgarian for students that have a basic level of proficiency in this language.
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. Mirna has spaces for new students of all ages for piano, singing and guitar lessons.
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.
Mirna is a Music Aptitude Test specialist and has helped many young musicians achieve music scholarship entry to many UK state and private schools. Mirna offers piano and guitar lessons in Spanish for students that have a basic level of proficiency in this language.
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 scholarship. 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 to advanced students on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Associate Piano Teacher
Rosa joined the SE22 Piano School in February 2022 and teaches on Saturday mornings.
In 2021 she graduated from SOAS University of London with an MA in Music in Development, where she focused on Cuban piano as part of her study. Prior to that, she graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016 with a first in BA English and Music. Rosa also holds a Level 4 Diploma in Music Performance (Piano Recital, ATCL), Grade 8 Piano and Grade 8 Orchestral Percussion (both ABRSM).
Rosa currently splits her time between teaching and performing, where she enjoys exploring her musical voice in a variety of bands and ensembles. She plays piano, synth, bass and percussion. She has previously been in chamber ensembles including the Theodora Trio and Trio Rouge, and has played percussion in various orchestras including Dulwich Symphony Orchestra, the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and Junges Orchester der Freie Universitaet Berlin.
Rosa is Enhanced DBS checked.
Associate Piano /Guitar Teacher
Dan joins the SE22 Piano School in January 2024 and has spaces for piano and guitar students of all ages on Tuesday afternoons.
Dan graduated from Leeds Conservatoire in 2022 with a BA (Hons) specialising in Popular Music – his areas of study were broad, spanning the entire popular canon from bossa nova to modern film soundtracks. Though he originally began his music education at the age of 6, with classical piano and rock drums, he has since taught himself to perform to a high standard with many other instruments, including guitar, bass and singing. He holds up to ABRSM Grade 8 Piano and Rockschool Grade 8 Drums, up to ABRSM Grade 6 Clarinet, and includes theory and ear training at the core of his tuition. As an alumnus of Alleyn’s School in Dulwich he has experience of the requirements for private school music scholarships and can assist with this process for his students.
Dan currently divides his time between playing an active role in the London alternative music scene and teaching drums, guitar and piano. As an in-demand live drummer/session musician and experienced singer-songwriter, he seeks to provide a wide-angle, theoretically-focussed style of learning, that will aim to give students the tools to understand how their favourite music works, and inspire them to begin composing their own.