Kyria Cardy BMus (Hons) – Violin
I have been a violin teacher for Surrey Arts since 1996. I have enjoyed a wide variety of roles in that time including orchestral coaching, accompanying orchestra tours, whole class violin tuition, running workshops and theory teaching. It is a privilege to be a part of a child’s life from their first violin lesson, sometimes until they leave school, and see all the progression and developments they have made throughout those formative years.
I began playing the violin aged 5, and I gained my music degree from the University of Surrey. I also play piano, viola, recorder, and enjoyed playing percussion at university. I am happy to teach all ages and abilities, and enjoy keeping my teaching current and fresh, so take as many opportunities as I can to go on training courses. I have an active performing life, playing with local symphony orchestras, and in pit bands for many shows. I am also a member of a string quartet. In my spare time I enjoy running, and have completed 3 marathons. I like to go to concerts and shows and love most styles of music. My favourite violinist is Itzhak Perlman, who is inspirational (especially his performance of Schindler’s List).
Andrew has worked for Surrey Arts as a cello teacher and ensemble coach since 2002, teaching students of all ages and standards. These have included a number of adult students who now enjoy playing chamber music, and with orchestras and cello ensembles in the community; and many of his students who learned right through school have gone on to continue their music-making in university or college and beyond. He has participated in numerous SA events – workshops, ‘try an instrument’ days, the Easter Course, and directed a Surrey Arts senior student string group for a number of years, covering a large and diverse amount of repertoire for strings, on regular occasions showcasing students’ skills as soloists. He has tutored at the county youth orchestra since 2008, working with them on tour and taking part in the premiere of the SA-commissioned community opera, ‘The Freedom Game’, at the RAH in 2015, which featured a thousand performers.
Andrew holds a first-class degree and a doctorate from a British university and additionally studied cello as a postgrad at the GSMD. He has worked under the direction of conductors including Pierre Boulez, Colin Davis and Kurt Masur; has taken part in masterclasses with musicians including Steven Isserlis and Raphael Wallfisch; and has performed many of the major cello concertos with ensembles across the UK. Recently he has worked regularly with several small string groups and chamber ensembles with established musicians, including a number of experienced orchestral principals; and widely over more than twenty-five years at corporate and wedding events with various ensembles. Prior to joining Surrey Arts, he began teaching privately, in several independent schools, and at a community music centre, in 1995.
Andrew believes strongly that the opportunity for students to access instrumental tuition through Surrey Arts’ provision for them to learn in local schools is of the highest value”.