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Dr Iryna Vokhmyanina

Dr Iryna Vokhmyanina graduated from the Moscow State Music-Pedagogical University with Masters’ Degree specializing in Music Pedagogy (piano). After completing postgraduate studies, she obtained a PhD specializing in Music Theory and Methodology of Professional Education.Equipped with more than 25 years or professional teaching experience, many of her students became winners of international music competitions including the 1st Singapore Steinway Youth Piano Competition in 2013.


Ms Elitsa Momcheva graduated from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting, Bachelor’s Degree in Musica Pedagogy and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Piano.  Ms Elitsa is currently teaching Piano, Theory, Aural, Music Appreciation and Piano Accompaniment at Tanglewood Music School.

Ms Elitsa is currently teaching Piano, Theory, Aural, Music Appreciation and Piano Accompaniment at Tanglewood Music School.


Yi Kai, Sim was conferred the Masters in Music degree in 2013 at University of California, Santa Barbara. In a highly specialized field, he studied both collaborative piano and solo piano under acclaimed Curtis alumni Robert Koenig and Paul Berkowitz. He was unanimously awarded the Second Prize in the Open Category at the 2006 International IBLA Piano Competition.
 After a competitive nationwide audition at the Metropolitan Opera, Yi Kai was invited as an artist for the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar in New York, working with renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and pianist-composer Alan Smith.

Ms Pei Li graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore with the NAFA Diploma in Piano Performance. She obtained her Bachelor (Hons) Degree in Arts of Music from University of Wales under tutelage of notable pianist, Dr Paul Liang.
During the course of her studies, she has participated in distinguished masterclasses of renowned pianist Dennis Lee, Toh Chee Hng and Valentin Schiedermair at Lee Foundation Theatre.


Ms Elza Nartadjieva discovered her passion for teaching since she was young. She graduated from the Uzbekistan Conservatory named after Mukhtar Ashrafi where she received her Masters Degree in Violin Performance and Teaching. She has participated in various materclasses with visiting Professors from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, such as professor Sergey Kravchenko, Oleg Krysa, Isaac Reider.

Ms Elza teaches violin in Tanglewood and she also heads the Strings department.


Ms Nina Brankovanova graduated from Bulgarian National Academy of Music with Masters Degree in 2010. During her studies, she had Master classes with Mintcho Minchev, Vanya Milanova, Jury Jislin, Michael Frishenshlager in Bulgaria.
She worked with the New Symphony Orchestra for 5 years and was the assistant concert master of Chamber Orchestra Orpheus.
Ms Nina participated in the Youth Festival Orchestra, March Music Days and is now a permanent member of the National Youth Orchestra of Netherlands. She has been performing internationally in many countries such as America, Argentina, Italy, Germany and Netherlands.


Alena Lorencová studied violin with Iva Kramperova at the Conservatory of Pardubice and graduated with honors in 2012. Mentored by Czech violin virtuoso Cenek Pavlik during the International Violin Summer School in Litomysl, Czech Republic, Alena participated in many national and international competitions.

Combining modern pedagogical with traditional Czech methods, Alena is able to customize teaching methods for each student. Her students have garnered top prizes at the National competition of Music School of Czech Republic and International competition of Vaclav Krucek.

Alena teaches violin and chamber music at Tanglewood.


Ms Patricia Krug obtained her Master in Music Education at the Ludwig-Maximillians University in Munich, Germany. She has had many years of teaching experience with students of all ages, specializing in both early childhood music pedagogy and violoncello. She has also worked with grammar schools and institutions of higher education.

Apart from her educational career, she gained a great deal of experience performing with orchestras in different countries like Orquesta de la Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Aregentina),


Ms Sabrina Tsou’s love and passion for music began at a young age. She obtained her Bachelor of Music from the University of British Columbia in 2006, where she studied under the tutelage of Professor Eric Wilson and performed as the Principal Cello of the UBC Symphony Orchestra.

Over the years she has been active in the music scene, performing in many orchestras and ensembles in Asia and North America, most notably with the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and mostly recently with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra in Singapore


Mr Gladwin Pantastico obtained his Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar at the Conservatory of Music in University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. He studied under the tutelage of Professor Ruben F. Reyes and performed as a member of the UST Guitar Quartet and Ensemble.
During his studies at the UST Conservatory, he participated in classical guitar competitions and received awards including the top prize at the University of the Philippines “Gitara” Competition in 1999 by the Spanish Embassy in Manila and 2nd prize at the Cultural Center of the Philippines National Music Competition for Young Artists 2002. In 2004, he was appointed as memeber of the guitar faculty at the UST Conservatory.


Ms Natalia Kumkova began her studies in pianoforte at a local music school in Leningrad. She graduated with distinction and was immediately accepted into the Rimsky-Korsakov Choral College where she studied Choral Conducting, Piano and Singing. In 1984, Ms Natalia entered the prestigious Leningrad State Conservatory as a Choral Conducting student of Tatiana Nemkina. The conservatory’s renowned Choral Conducting program includes a thorough and rigorous concentration of Harmony, Solfeggio, Polyphony and Piano, and it was in all these areas which Ms Natalia particularly excelled, graduating summa cum laude in 1989. Thereafter she enrolled in the conservatory’s Vocal Studies department, graduating from Valentina Maximova’s class in 1994 with specializations in Solo-Chamber and Operatic Singing.


Aliuska Diaz obtained a diploma in teaching and performing flute at the National School of Arts, Havana Cuba in 2001 under the tutelage of Prof Guillermo Antonio Pedroso and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the National Institute of Arts, Havana Cuba in 2006 under Prof. Raul Valdes (1st flute National Symphonic Orquestra).
She worked as an apprentice of Jose Luis Cortes (el Tosco), founder of The Cuban Flute School, a non-profit project together with Prof Pedroso, to teach the tradition of Cuban flute rhythms and improvisation.

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