Vania Schittenhelm (cropped)
Vania Schittenhelm

Vania Schittenhelm is a piano lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. She has just accepted an invitation to teach at Leighton Park School. Vania wants her students to experience making music with conviction and creativity. She works on developing an efficient approach to performing while nurturing curiosity and expression. Her work with the pianist Nelly Ben-Or inspired her to devise a practical workshop to facilitate musical comprehension and to increase self awareness when practising and performing.

Current research interests include applying mindfulness and Alexander Technique to music performance.  Vania will play pieces by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mignone, and Santoro.

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