We are a team of dedicated and encouraging teachers that work together and discuss the progress of all our pupils throughout the session to ensure that our pianists enjoy the process of piano learning and become confident performers.
All our teachers are PVG certified
Romanian British pianist Ancuta Nite-Doyle is the founder of the Nite Piano School and as well as performing she absolutely loves teaching piano!
Ancuta was born in Piatra Neamt, North East Romania and has been based in Scotland UK since 2000 after winning a Silvestri Scholarship which allowed her to continue her studies at the Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools in Edinburgh. Ancuta later returned to Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she was offered a Stevenson Scholarship and an ABRSM international Scholarship and graduated in 2009 with a First Class Honours Degree in Piano Performance followed by a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Degree. During her time at the RCS Ancuta won many prizes including the Mozart Concerto Competition performing K271 the "Jeunehomme" Concerto and performed C. Saint-Saens 2nd Piano Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as part of her final exam. In 2021 Ancuta released her first CD of solo piano music by Chopin & Liszt. “Post tenebras lux" reflects the times we are living in and the title translates as "Light after darkness".
Ancuta is also a member of staff at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at the University of St Andrews as well as being the Artistic Director of the Ardtornish Piano Retreat Concert Series which is scheduled in June every year at Ardtornish Estate, Lochaline. She has recently performed in Germany and Italy as well as in the U.K. in venues such as Edinburgh's Usher Hall, London's Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre and the New Auditorium at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Ancuta has recently finalised a wonderful project for young pianists in China which consisted of 30 piano lessons for beginner pianists covering a whole year of piano lessons. As well as teaching and performing Ancuta very much enjoys adjudicating music events and recently she was invited to adjudicate the Yi Yue Classic Piano Competition in China.
Ancuta and her husband Quintin Doyle have been an ambassadors for Hospices of Hope (the leading palliative care charity in South Eastern Europe) since 2008 and have also joined their volunteering team in the hospice Casa Sperantei in Brasov. Their fundraising efforts have included numerous chamber music concerts , private recitals and various other performances in many venues as well as London's Globe Theatre, and these events have raised over £27.000 for the charity.
Ben Eames is a pianist and piano tutor based in Scotland.
He has performed as a soloist and ensemble player in a variety of venues in Scotland including The Queens Hall, Edinburgh; Falkirk Town Hall; Albert Halls, Stirling; Stockbridge Parish Church, Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Society of Musicians.
Ben has been teaching for several years now, working with complete beginners through to advanced students.
Ben studied a Masters of Music in piano performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance studying under Douglas Finch and previously attended the Ian Tomlin School of Music in Edinburgh Napier University with a 1st class Bachelor of Music with Honours studying under Simon Coverdale.
Ben regularly collaborates with musicians and artists on cross-disciplinary projects involving various art forms. As well as teaching and performing, Ben currently co-creates Scotland's Ear To The Ground podcast featuring interviews with Scottish and Scotland based composers
Paul is an experienced and passionate teacher, with over 20 years of experience in teaching music, both on a one-to-one basis, and in the classroom.
A graduate from the BEd program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and fully registered with the GTCS, Paul studied piano and piano accompaniment with Anya Rastopchina, and has a busy schedule as a performer, accompanist, and teacher.
Paul has performed and worked in many different styles and genres, including classical, pop and rock, traditional and contemporary music, and has performed at venues and events such as T in The Park, the Glastonbury festival and Celtic Connections.
Paul is a multi-instrumentalist and can often be found playing percussion and timpani for various orchestras and ensembles throughout Scotland. He also plays guitar and bass guitar in several bands and ensembles.
Paul is an enthusiastic and encouraging teacher and aims to instil a love of music and playing in his pupils. He has been successfully presenting pupils who elect to sit ABRSM/Trinity exams for over 20 years and is equally happy teaching those who enjoy the structure of the exam process, as those who prefer to play simply for pleasure.
Roxana graduated from the Music Conservatoire in Constanta (Romania) and she is based in Glasgow where she teaches singing, piano, music theory and is also a choir instructor. Roxana has a wealth of experience in both teaching and performing and since 2010 she has prepared students for ABRSM exams, carious competitions and festivals and is very familiar with the classical piano exam syllabus. Roxana's qualifications, experience and passion for music education ensure her piano lessons are catered according to students' specific learning styles, goals, and aspirations.
Roxana is also the Founder, Artistic Director and Vocal Coach of COG Home | clyde-opera-group (clydeoperagroup.com) and she has participated in many recitals and opera performances across Europe and the UK.
Roxana is also a founding member of the Romanian Orthodox Church in Edinburgh and Honorary Cultural Counsellor for the Consulate General of Romania in Edinburgh.
Roxana is very excited to be part of the Nite Piano School. Her wide experience and in-depth knowledge of technique and repertoire are in demand with the next generation of piano players and young musicians.
Roxana is a great motivator and loves to empower people to achieve their dream. The result can be a wonderful and rewarding skill which may remain for the rest of life.
Julia is currently studying music at the University of Glasgow and has studied piano at the Nite Piano School since its opening in 2017 with Ancuta Nite-Doyle and Ben Eames.
A skilled and passionate musician, Julia has recently spent her time learning new methods and techniques of teaching the piano under the careful tutelage of Ancuta Nite-Doyle.
In her piano lessons Julia works hard to create a fun, friendly and relaxed learning environment for all her students, finding ways of making learning an exciting venture for everyone who wants to learn the piano.
Julia always had a passion to teach piano as she loves creating a good rapport with pupils and allows them to develop their skills whilst exploring their own interest in music.
As a soprano, Julia has been singing in choirs from an early age and enjoys regular performances with the Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra Chorus, including a BBC Proms performance at the very prestigious Royal Albert Hall.
Her solo performances include her debut with The City of Glasgow Chorus, as well as planning her own annual vocal recitals in the Glasgow University concert hall.
Julia is very much looking forward to starting teaching at the Nite Piano School in August.
Fraser is currently studying music at the University of Edinburgh. Previously he studied composition and piano (with Ancuta Nite-Doyle) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Juniors, performing many times, including a solo piano concerto with the Perth Youth Orchestra.
Fraser wishes to pursue writing music, so he considers himself very fortunate to have been asked to write two books of short piano studies for use in the Nite Piano School. He enjoyed writing for choir in addition to piano, as he sings in the National Youth Choir of Scotland.
Fraser has performed with NYCoS, in the Edinburgh International Festival, the Paris Philharmonic, the BBC Proms, and the Carnegie Hall with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Fraser took part in a live BBC broadcast in Belgium commemorating World War Two, a programme that went on to win two Bafta Awards. During high school Fraser worked as a Creative Musical Assistant for Horsecross Theatre where he accompanied some of their choirs.
Fraser has also helped teach music theory and singing games to the kids in the NYCoS Perth Area Choir, where he was able to debut his first choral composition in their 2018 winter concert.
Karolina is an Honours graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During her studies, she received guidance from numerous internationally acclaimed performers and teachers such as Ian Fountain, Pavel Nersessian, Joanna Macgregor, Boris Berman, Dmitri Alexeev, Norma Fisher, Imogen Cooper, and Menahem Pressler.
Over the course of her emerging career, Karolina has made appearances in Germany, Croatia, Hungary, England, Scotland, Poland, Lithuania, Portugal, and The Netherlands, with tours in Canada, the United States, the Czech Republic, and most recently in the People’s Republic of China.
Educated at the Glenn Gould Royal Conservatory of Music in the Young Performers’ Academy (Toronto, Canada), she joined the rising crest of young talent in local competitions gaining the top honours in piano and violin before making the decision to focus on piano. She was afterwards accepted at the age of 16 to begin a Bachelors Degree at the Prague Academy of Music.
Karolina began her early piano lessons with Marina Geringas which continue to inspire and motivate her artistic intention. Karolina has always had a deep interest in the powerful communication that music has with individuals diagnosed with Autism. She has worked on projects with the RAM’s outreach program & with the London Westminster Hospital to provide more consistent, properly funded, and individualized music programs for children with special needs and exceptionalities. For this reason, Karolina has begun a Masters of Science in Psychology at the University of Glasgow in 2021, in hopes of contributing to ongoing research in Music Therapy.
Mianoora Kosonen is a classical pianist, accompanist and piano teacher from southern Finland. A recent graduate from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (BMus piano performance , MA piano accompaniment), Mianoora currently works as a freelance accompanist, piano teacher and music educator in Glasgow. Mianoora is a founding member of the Oscen Ensemble and the Women In Chamber Music Collective, and a part of the Kosonen-Ranieri Duo. Mianoora also works as the music director at the Hillington Park parish church.
Mianoora started her musical studies at the age of 5 in Finland. In 2015 she started her professional piano studies at the Conservatoire of Helsinki and then went on to the University of Applied Sciences of Tampere, where she studied Piano pedagogy. In 2016 she moved to Scotland, and in 2020 gained her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the RCS, where she studied classical piano performance under Sinae Lee and Isobel Anderson, followed by an Accompaniment masters degree in 2021, studying under the tutelage of Scott Mitchell.
During her studies at the RCS Mianoora focused heavily on chamber music, having a special focus on vocal accompaniment. She has performed with singers and instrumentalists on many occasions at RCS festivals (piano festival, PLUG), and in masterclasses, competitions, and concerts. She now frequently performs around Glasgow and Scotland as a freelance pianist, accompanist and keyboard player as a part of varying groups and ensembles.
Mianoora is a enthusiastic chamber musician, recent performances include concerts with the Linlithgow Arts Guild at St Michael’s parish church, an ongoing chamber music concert series in venues around Glasgow with Women In Chamber Music collective, as well as various concerts with Oscen Ensemble for St Andrews fair, and recitals at the Hazelwood House, and the Wellington arts Festival 2022.
As a passionate piano teacher, Mianoora’s teaching focus is on developing healthy piano technique and mindset towards practicing, through using methods like the Alexander Technique, mindfulness techniques and improvisation. She has successfully prepared her piano pupils through ABRSM examinations with outcomes of merit and distinction. As a keen improviser Mianoora encourages this in her teaching, having experience in playing keyboards and organ in function bands, and also frequently exploring free improvisation with The Oscen Ensemble in some of their live performances.