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Our staff

Please click on the name to read more about each member of our team below.

Ms. Tala Badri

Founder & Executive Director

Tala Badri is the Founder and Executive Director of Centre for Musical Arts. Born and educated in Dubai, at the age of seventeen Tala was awarded a full scholarship by the Government of Dubai to study music at Royal Holloway, University of London and…  Read more

Ms. Sheba George

Manager - CMA Operations

Born and educated in India, Sheba has been in Dubai since 2003. She has a Bachelor's degree in Economics (Major), Sociology & Politics and a PG Diploma in Entrepreneurship. She has over 20 years of experience heading Administration and HR Departments…  Read more

Mr. Brian Cunningham

Manager - Schools Music Services & Woodwind Specialist

Born in Scotland; Brian has been working at Centre for Musical Arts since 2008. He started playing the clarinet at the age of 11 at school. Through his experiences at school he was given the opportunity to perform with various ensembles throughout the…  Read more

Mr. Neil Cuthbertson

Manager - Ensembles & Theory Classes and Brass Specialist

Neil was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he grew up playing trumpet and piano. He studied at the Ian Tomlin School of Music, Edinburgh Napier University, taking trumpet lessons with Marcus Pope and Shaun Harrold before graduating in 2006 with a BMus…  Read more

Ms. Jennifer Cuthbertson

Manager - General Music Activities and Workshops & Brass Specialist

Born in Scotland, Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Music Degree under the tutelage of Harry Johnstone at the Ian Tomlin School of Music, Edinburgh Napier University, graduating with first class honours and winning the David Macmillan Brass Prize in…  Read more

Ms. Michelle Spencer

Manager - Communications & Events

Michelle is from the UK and is a British Army Veteran.  Within her military career she was responsible for governing the HR & Finance Strategies for over 2000 personnel as well as Recruitment for the British Army.     She is a member…  Read more

Mr. Lauro Sembrano

Manager - Accounts Department

Born and raised in the Philippines, Lauro received his Bachelor’s Degree in Financial and Management Accounting from the University of the Assumption in the Philippines where he was absorbed by the institution right after he graduated.  He…  Read more

PIANO DEPARTMENT

Ms. Mariola Sokolowska

Head of Piano Department / Piano Specialist

Mariola Sokolowska, a Polish pianist is  well sought after both as a soloist and as a pedagogue. She was the unanimous recipient of the Frederick Chopin Scholarship Award for two consecutive years beginning in 1983. She graduated from Elsner School…  Read more

Ms. Magdalena Wajdzik

Piano Specialist & Schools Co-Ordinator Kings' School Al Barsha

Magdalena, a native of Poland, is a pianist, chamber music performer and a piano pedagogue. She didn't grow up in the family of musicians, but she inherited the love for music from her grandfather. Practice never came easy for her and it was not until…  Read more

Mr. Simon Lam

Piano Specialist

Simon Lam was born in Hong Kong and he started his musical education at the age of four. In 2000 he moved to the UK and studied at Eastbourne College. He graduated with an honours degree at the University of Manchester in 2005 and continued his studies…  Read more

Ms. Chara Steliou

Piano Specialist

Born in Nicosia, Cyprus; Chara started playing the piano at the age of 4. Since then, she attended The Lyrikon Junior Conservatoire in Nicosia; where she studied piano, music theory, advance harmony and cello. In 2007 she moved to the UK, where she studied…  Read more

Ms. Lola Akwabi

Piano Specialist

Lola grew up in a musical family and has been involved in music for close to 20 years. She started piano lessons at the age of nine and carried on with these when she joined the Kenya High School, which has a strong music tradition. On completion of…  Read more

Ms. Maria Kompoti

Piano Specialist

Maria was born in Greece where she started her piano studies at the age of 6. From a young age, she knew that she wanted to be a professional pianist. She received her Piano Diploma with Honors from the Attiko Conservatory in Greece under the tutelage…  Read more

Ms. Madison Da Silva

Piano Specialist

Born and brought up in Dallas Texas, pianist   Madison Da Silva  has been a piano-lover since she was old enough to pull herself up on her grandmother's upright to touch the keys. She began her musical training at the age of 6, studying with…  Read more

VOICE / SINGING DEPARTMENT

Mr. Stephen Jeffery

Voice Specialist

Stephen Jeffery is a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music, London.  During his Conservatoire years, Stephen trained with international artists Adrian Clarke and Russell Smythe and sung in masterclasses with Sir Thomas…  Read more

Ms. Katie Morel-Orchard

Voice & Piano Specialist

Katie Morel-Orchard is a mezzo-soprano and has just completed her last year at the Royal Academy of Music.   At the age of 16, she gained a place at Chetham's School of Music to study voice and piano, since then she has been focused on music as…  Read more

STRINGS DEPARTMENT

Mr. Asaad Hamzy

Head of Strings Department / Guitar Specialist

Asaad Hamzy born in Russia with Russian mother and Syrian father  . He  began his musical career in Syria composing and playing solo guitar  concerts performances at the age of 14. He joined  the Syrian Conservatoire where he has…  Read more

Ms. Simona Cmrecnjak

Upper Strings Specialist & Workshops Co-Ordinator

Born in Split, Croatia, Simona started playing violin at the age of nine. She studied at the Arts Academy University Of Split with Violeta Smailovic-Huart, obtaining a master's degree in violin performance and pedagogy in 2009. During her studies…  Read more

Ms. Crosby Delaney-Barrett

Upper Strings Specialist

Crosby fell in love with the violin as a young girl - so devoted to the instrument that her mother punished her for dawdling in chores and schoolwork by taking away her practice time. Since she began her own private studio in Dallas, Texas more than…  Read more

Ms. Natalia Vaskinova

Upper Strings Specialist

Natalia Vaskinova graduated from Sibelius Academy in 2016 with a Master's degree in violin performance. In 2014, she graduated from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education for violin.   Natalia has 10…  Read more

Mr. Roger Norkie

Upper Strings & Piano Specialist

Roger Norkie was born in South Africa and started violin and piano lessons from the age of 6. In 1992, he completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Rhodes University. He started his career as a Violin and Piano teacher at Kingswood College Music School,…  Read more

Ms. Angharad Maxwell

Cello & Piano Specialist

Angharad graduated in July 2014 with an MA from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, studying ‘Cello with Kathryn Price. Having grown up in Cardiff, Angharad has been an active musician in the area for many years, both…  Read more

Mr. Christian Wood

Guitar Specialist

Having developed a strong passion for the guitar in his teens, London Born guitarist Christian has since been completely devoted to his studies and committed to becoming the best musician he can be. In 2010, Christian gained a place on an Undergraduate…  Read more

Mr. Simon Tomkins

Guitar Specialist

Simon is from the UK and has over 20 years of music industry experience as a professional guitar teacher and session musician. His work has covered live, studio-based band and theatre work and recording sessions for film, television and radio. In 2016…  Read more

BRASS DEPARTMENT

Mr. Jonathan Barrett

Brass Specialist

Jon Barrett has been a classical music lover from early childhood. His grandparents fostered that love by exposing him to all the great orchestral classics until, at five years old, when asked what music he would like to listen to he would exclaim, “Big…  Read more

Mr. Neil Cuthbertson

Brass Specialist (Manager - Ensembles & Theory Classes)

Neil was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he grew up playing trumpet and piano. He studied at the Ian Tomlin School of Music, Edinburgh Napier University, taking trumpet lessons with Marcus Pope and Shaun Harrold before graduating in 2006 with a BMus…  Read more

Ms. Jennifer Cuthbertson

Brass Specialist (Manager - General Music Activities & Workshops)

Born in Scotland, Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Music Degree under the tutelage of Harry Johnstone at the Ian Tomlin School of Music, Edinburgh Napier University, graduating with first class honours and winning the David Macmillan Brass Prize in…  Read more

WOODWIND DEPARTMENT

Mr. Ronnie Cocozza

Woodwind Specialist

Ronnie graduated with a First Class Music Degree (BMus) from Edinburgh Napier University in 2011, before continuing his studies to Masters Level at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where under the tutelage of Rob Buckland graduated…  Read more

Ms. Jade Whittaker

Woodwind Specialist

Jade Whittaker has a Master’s Degree in Flute Performance from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, London, where she received a high distinction for her studies.  As part of this degree, Jade specialized in music education.  She…  Read more

Mr. Brian Cunningham

Woodwind Specialist (Manager - Schools Music Service)

Born in Scotland; Brian has been working at Centre for Musical Arts since 2008. He started playing the clarinet at the age of 11 at school. Through his experiences at school he was given the opportunity to perform with various ensembles throughout the…  Read more

PERCUSSION DEPARTMENT

Mr. Lloyd Miranda

Percussion & Guitar Specialist

Lloyd studied at the Conservatory of Music, University of Santo Tomas (UST) in the Philippines. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree, majoring in classical guitar. He is also a talented drummer and has been playing since the age of seven. Lloyd's…  Read more

Mr. Stephan Seiler

Percussion Specialist

Although Stephan was born in Vienna, Austria, he grew up in the UK and studied the drums at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey. During his studies, Stephan was part of rock/rap band “Inner City Dwellers" (ICD).  ICD…  Read more

SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATOR

Ms. Sara Ingham

Schools Music Services & HR Administrator

Sara was born in the UK and at the age of 10 auditioned for Elmhurst Ballet School in Camberley, Surrey to study Classical Ballet. She trained there for 6 intensive years, but unfortunately she had to give up dance, due to injury. After gaining qualifications…  Read more

ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT

Ms. Joanna Hermo

Accountant

Born in the Philippines, Joanna was a graduate of Bachelor of Science and Accountancy. She has more than 18 years work experience in accounting field, most of which was from a retail and leasing company in the Philippines. Until recently, she grabbed…  Read more

Ms. Carolyn Domil

Accountant

Carolyn was born and raised in the Philippines. She graduated from Philippine School of Business Administration - Quezon City with the degree of BSBA Major in Accounting.  She has over 25 years’ experience in the field of accounting…  Read more

OPERATIONAL TEAM

Ms. Glecy Bautista

Building 6 - Front of House Services Co-Ordinator

Born in Philippines, Glecy has over 14 years of experience in general administration, business development and client relations most of it in UAE. She  has worked with one of the top three advertising agencies in Dubai and has managed their day…  Read more

Mr. Ozren Crncevic

Building 7 - Front of House Services Co-Ordinator & ABRSM Administrator

Born in Split, Croatia, Ozren has over 15 years of experience in hospitality and real estate business. He joined CMA as the In-House Services Supervisor in 2012 and he manages the registrations and co-ordination of the ABRSM, Trinity and Rock School…  Read more

Mr. Sukumaran Bayalappuram

PRO & Administration Support

Born in born Kerela, India, Sukumar originally came to Dubai in 1998 to work at Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre. He has a Degree in Art and Commerce.  He has been with us at CMA for over 10 years now as the Operations Team Assistant &…  Read more

Mr. Chandran Vayalappuram

Operational Support

Chandran is from India.  He has a very important role within CMA! His role is to make sure that all our studios are prepared and equiped for lessons, theory classes, workshops and external events.  He is also responsible for CMA's building…  Read more

Mr. Edison Mancuyas

Barista & Operational Support

Edison joined CMA in January 2014 and assumed the role of our Barista in Take 5 Café and runs the Take Note Bookshop and Reception in Building 7.  Prior to joining us, Edison was the Senior Supervisor of a leading Coffee Shop in Dubai. …  Read more

Mr. Alvir Rivera

Barista & Operational Support

Alvir is from the Philippines. In 2013, he graduated from the System Technology Institute in the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.  Alvir relocated to Dubai in 2013 and became a Barista &…  Read more

CMA vs Breast Cancer Concert

CMA vs Breast Cancer Concert on Friday 20 October 2017 from 7pm in the Performance Centre, Building 7, Gold & Diamond Park. CMA will also be holdi...

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