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Emília Rovira Alegre

Our story

We have already taught the piano to more than 450 students from 40 different countries!

Hello! My name is Emília Rovira Alegre and I’m the founder of OIPS. When I started the studio back in 2015, my vision was very clear: I wanted to create an excellent piano school where individuals from all over the world living in Oslo (and also Norwegians, of course!) could find the best inspiration and support to pursue their own musical goals. Since then, I have been fortunate to have seen our students succeed in so many different and inspiring ways:

  • Passing international piano exams such as ABRSM with excellent grades.

  • Overcoming performance anxiety after having quit the piano 30 years ago.

  • Being able to focus more at school after starting piano lessons.

  • Performing on national TV in front of thousands of people.

  • Surprising a partner with a piano recital on their own wedding day!

 

At OIPS we work hard to help our students keep a sense of joy while feeling supported and encouraged along the way. Learning the piano is not easy, but which important things in life are? I look forward to welcoming you and your children to our big international piano family in Oslo!

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Our teachers

Dedicated, passionate and encouraging

 

Carla Fernàndez Boix

 

Head Teacher

Teaches in English, French, Spanish and Catalan.

Carla holds a Masters in Solo Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, a Masters in piano accompaniment by the Norwegian Academy of Music and a Bachelor Degree from Het Utrechts Conservatorium in The Netherlands. Carla’s passions are music, people and nature. She loves experiencing different cultures and languages, meeting people and being outdoors. She strongly believes that education should be used to build bridges in society... to make a better world! With 12 years of experience in teaching piano, Carla likes to approach her lessons in a fun and relaxed way, although never losing the structure, determination and discipline that are needed to make the best of the learning process. Carla has been a freelance accompanist at the Royal Northern College of Music, and she has performed throughout Europe both as soloist and a chamber musician, another of her great passions. Check out her website: carlafboix.com

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Jana Anisimova

Teaches in English, Russian and Latvian

Jana was born in Latvia on 15 April 1993. She started to play piano at the age of six and, one year later, began studies at Gulbene’s Music School. She has received lessons from acclaimed pianists Herta Hansena, Julia Mustonen – Dahlkvist and Juris Zvikovs at the Jazeps Vitols Academy of Music (Riga, Latvia) and Ingesund School of Music (Arvika, Sweden). She holds a Masters Degree in piano at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH).
Her passion is both playing concerts and teaching. She is very patient and understanding, and always welcomes her students with a big smile on her face. She loves teaching because she considers it to be the best way to pass on one’s knowledge and experience to the next generations.
Check out Jana's youtube channel, featuring some of her performances and piano compositions.

Vadim Borodin

Teaches in English and Russian

Since discovering the piano at age 7, Vadim has not stopped learning and growing both as a concert performer and as a piano teacher. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, he completed his studies at Uzbek State Conservatoire with leading piano teachers Marat Gumarov and Madina Fayziyeva. He has participated in national and international festivals, and has won several piano competitions, such as Laureate I Prize of the Republic Competition among Musical Schools for children; Laureate I Prize of the XI International Piano Competition «Nikolai Rubinstein» in France (Paris); Laureate III Prize of the XII International Piano Competition «A.Scriabin» in France (Paris). He is currently studying at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Marianna Shirinyan and Jens Harald Bratlie. Recently he was invited to perform live for NRK at Grieg’s house in Bergen. Watch him here!

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Martin Bråten

Teaches in English and Norwegian

Martin has studied classical piano performance in Kristiansand, Helsinki, and at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. Additionally, he just finished his continuing education in practical pedagogy. Martin's performing career so far has been very diverse, ranging from a rock concert with the women's choir "The Sparkling Sisters", via performances in theatre shows, to various classical solo and chamber music concerts. Martin has been teaching students of varying levels and ages. He has been teaching both five-year-old and 45-year-old beginners, intermediate level students, and in the second year of his bachelor studies, he taught music pedagogy students at the University of Agder in Kristiansand. This is no mean feat considering Martin himself only had his first piano lesson at the age of 16! Martin's quick development as a pianist could not have been realized without an intense love for the piano and its repertoire, and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Eventually this led to a passion for teaching as well - Martin is eagerly passing on important knowledge, skills and values to his students, and thus empowering them to develop into competent musicians in their own right. 

Erini Kurmaku

Teaches in English, Italian and Albanian

Erin graduated with distinction in Classical Piano performance at the Academy of Arts of Tirana, Albania. After completing his Bachelor, he took a Masters in Chamber Music performance. For more than 8 years he was accompanist at the National School of Ballet of Albania, and this wonderful job made him work very closely with dancers and other creative artists. His love for the piano started when he was a small child, and now he has 14 years of experience teaching piano to both children and adults. Using his own creative teaching methods he motivates pupils to exceed their own expectations and makes them get the most out of their weekly practice. He loves teaching not only the classical repertoire, but also pop songs and jazz standards. He cares deeply about each one of his students and believes that learning music should be first and foremost: "something fun!".

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Grace Oh

Teaches in English and Korean.  

Originally from South Korea, Grace was educated in England where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music in Solo Piano Performance, and a Master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music in London. She is currently pursuing her piano studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Teaching has been a big part in Grace’s musical development with more than 12 years of experience, and she strives for a well-rounded musicianship for herself as well as her students. She wishes to encourage the challenges and articulate what each individual students' strengths are to help them develop further. She aims to cover all of the fundamental aspects in piano playing in every lesson, including all the fun! Check out some of her performances here.

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Emília Rovira Alegre

Founder

Music has been her passion since she was a little girl. Emília holds both a Bachelor in Classical Piano Performance by Conservatori Superior del Liceu of Barcelona and a Masters Degree in Music Composition by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She has released two music albums with an international label – one of them with her own piano compositions – and has participated in making the music of major video game soundtracks, having received a nomination for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. She has more than 12 years of piano teaching experience with children, young people and adults, and feels very passionate and enthusiastic about teaching music in a fun, creative and rigorous way. She performs her music regularly and loves meeting new people and interacting with the international community in Oslo. If you want to know more about Emília visit her personal website and check out her creative projects as a pianist, composer and singer-songwriter: emiliaroviraalegre.com

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