Testimonials

Adult Students

“It is a real pleasure learning the violin with Anete. In every lesson, she is encouraging and cheerful as she challenges her students to reach their highest potential. She devotes individual care and attention. In return, she has high expectations in terms of practice and commitment. In addition to work towards grades, Anete is always ready to support her students in learning pieces of their own choice. Her top priority is for young people and adults to really enjoy their music. This enjoyment is evident in the two children’s concerts and two adults’ concerts that Anete organises each year. Also, students can see that Anete very much enjoys her music in her own many performances.” Helena Mullins, Finchley

“What I love about Anete is her enthusiasm about music. It’s always so inspiring to see her for the lesson. After each lesson I feel like there is nothing more important in life than music.” Ulrike Juergensen, Hamburg

Young Students

“I don’t really know how to begin this except I want to give you a huge, massive thank you. If we are playing this on statistics, then you have been my violin teacher for 75 % of my life. That is a huge amount of time where you have taught me, listened to me, made me laugh and kept up with all my nonsense. (And sausage fingers and sticky up thumb). I have gotten the opportunity to do so many things and go on so many trips, thanks to what you have taught me over the last 10 years. This does not only include how to play in first position, but it also includes me meeting new people, having the guts to play in front of an audience at five years old, playing in an ensemble and so much more. I have had so much fun experiencing so many new things and I can’t wait to experience even more and building on the blocks you gave me. I loved all of our jokes in lessons and me failing every time to guess which composers birthday it was; I loved that even when I thought I couldn’t play something (e.g stretching my fourth finger in the Bb major double stops scale Grade 8) you told me that I could. You always kept me motivated and although it didn’t always seem like I appreciated doing a bar 50 million times over and over again, in the long run I think you might be right and it did pay off. I really appreciated that you always stayed so positive and kept me achieving more and more. I remember thinking when I was about Grade 2, so probably seven years old, that I would never ever get to Grade 8. It was a dream that was far too big for a little seven-year old; I remember looking up to the big girls who were doing their Grade 4 and they played really difficult pieces and I remember just wondering how they could move their bow that quickly or how they could remember all the fingering so well. And then it was finally my turn to learn the difficult pieces and I got to play with Anne in the Jugend Musiziert and even though we never got through to Moscow or somewhere fancy like that, I was proud of what I had achieved. And look at me now, playing all sorts of Diploma pieces and teaching a little girl the same way you taught me. You have given me a gift that is not only mine to keep but something I can share with others and use it to inspire others just like you inspired me. My journey is far from over and I still have so much I have to perfect and learn and I still have so much I can achieve in the future but none of these things would have been possible if you hadn’t accepted a four year old girl to be your student ten years ago.

Thank you so, so much
Yours,
– Anastasia “

“Anete is a very kind and friendly and FUNNY teacher! It’s fun to play with her and hear her playing. She always has fantastic ideas to play something and organizing little orchestras. It’s realy fun to play.”
– Anne Han,  Petersham

“Anete has been teaching me for around eight years now. She has always been kind, friendly and fair. I have always been very happy with her teaching and I am grateful to my parents for having picked such a talented and motivated teacher to learn to play the violin from. For all her support I can only be thankful.”
– Lara Clauss,  Petersham

“Anete is  very kind, friendly and a very good teacher. She is also very, very funny.  I am very happy with Anete. With her I have learned how to play the violin. I think she is the most popular violin teacher and the best teacher in the German school.
– Carlos Jose,  Petersham

Parents

“My nine-year old daughter has been playing the violin with Anete for almost 5 years now, and my seven-year old also started last year. Both have gone from progress to progress, and my eldest is now preparing for her grade 5 exams. She has played in numerous pupils’ concerts which Anete organises regularly, and which allow the children to play their pieces to an audience of parents, friends and family. It is difficult to say whether it is the children or Anete who feel most proud of their achievements. The children mean a lot to Anete! At the request of parents, she has also started a violin ensemble for her pupils – it tells something about Anete that the ensemble went from 4 pupils at the first meeting to nine by the fourth meeting!

A highlight was certainly our trip to Latvia in 2010, which Anete organised and which gave the children the opportunity to play a solo part with a string ensemble. Anete can be strict sometimes (and I guess some discipline is needed to progress with an instrument), but at the same time, she always rewards the children with lots of stickers and some sweets at the end of the lesson.

Not every teacher suits every child – we have found in Anete a wonderful, enthusiastic and absolutely committed teacher who is perfect for our children!

Occasionally, when life in London becomes too hectic, and we start thinking about moving to another place, my thoughts are stopped dead in their tracks when I think about the girls’ violin lessons – I cannot think of a better music teacher!”
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Julia Solovieva,  Kingston