Over Ariel L.
Hello everybody, I am Ariel. I love singing and playing the flute. My interests on music is not only limited to classical music, but also broadway musicals, pop, rock, jazz and tango music. Also, I am not someone who always just want to be a soloist, but also playing music in ensembles. I enjoy being on stage and share music with the others.
Since I am fond of communicating and sharing music with other people, teaching for me is a wonderful interaction with people from all walks of life. I have been giving singing and flute lessons to students of various age and musical background since 2011, and it is such a satisfaction to see students being motivated and enjoying music more and more. I truly believe that a good lesson should be inspiring, informative and fun. Students should not feel stressed and discouraged in lessons. As good breathing support and posture are very important for both singing and flute playing, so in my lessons, I would start with various short exercises on breathing and posture. These exercises help students not only to warm up their bodies, but also to refresh their minds and feel more relaxed for the music playing afterwards. Then according to the level and musical interests of the students, we would do a certain piece in the lesson. If the student wish to work on reading scores, solfege, rhythms and sight-reading skills, I would also do the according exercises with the student. I believe that teaching is not just I give something to the student, but it is an inspiration for both sides. Just as the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman said:
"Nothing is better for my playing than teaching because when you teach, you have to think and you have to listen what other people do. And then all of a sudden, you play yourself and then you say, my goodness, I don't need a teacher. I'm my own teacher. Then I can react to what I'm doing immediately. It really improves."
I am right now doing my 2nd year master study in classical singing in HKU Utrechts Conservatory, studying with Ms Selma Harkink and Ms Karin van der Poel. I am a soprano. I have various performing experience on opera, oratorio, art songs, chamber music, musical songs and pop music in Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Greece. In summer 2018, I performed in the North Aegean Music Festival in Lesbos, Greece under the coaching of the worldly famous soprano Cheryl Studer. In Jan 2018, I performed in the final round of the Storioni Willem Twee Competition in Willem Twee Concert Hall in Den Bosch. In March 2017, I made my opera debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in the opera "Dido and Aeneas" by Purcell. For my flute playing, I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012. Since 2002, I have been playing in various wind orchestras, orchestras and chamber music groups. From 2014-2016, I have been performing with the Argentinean tango flute master, Eduardo Tami in three series of tango music concerts all over Hong Kong. I speak fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin. I also speak basic German.
I look forward to meeting, working and be inspired by you!
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