Xoán Elías Castiñeira, pianist and piano pedagogue



Now offering piano lessons and piano accompaniment in the King´s Cross area




The Community Bulletin Board is going to try something new – personal adverts for services provided by local people.

We don't yet know just how we're going to do it, but we thought it might be worth a try.  So here is the first one from Xoán Elías Castiñeira, who is a pianist and has just moved into Ice Wharf.

Here is the info that Xoán has provided:


I am a King´s Cross-based Spanish pianist. I studied piano in Barcelona, Berlin and London. After graduating in 2007, I came to England to pursue an MMus in Advanced Musical Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. Some of my teachers have been distinguished musicians such as Alicia de Larrocha, Maria Tipo, Leslie Howard, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau…

I perform regularly as a soloist and as an accompanist. My recitals often include works by Spanish composers (Albéniz, Granados…), Chopin, Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann…

I am currently working on a research project about recordings at the National Sound Archive (British Library)

I have taught children of all levels, as well as adult amateurs. I have also prepared students for ARBSM examinations. Some of the key-points of my teaching are:

• Effectiveness. How can we learn a piece easily, and how can we improve our learning techniques?

• ‘Body and mind’ approach. Search for a “natural technique”. Influence of the Alexander Technique, Trager Approach, etc. in our playing.

• Adapting my teaching skills to the needs of every student, providing a relaxed yet serious framework for enjoyable music-making.

Lessons normally take place in my apartment (Canal area)  a higher fee applies if travelling is required.

Fee: £35 per lesson (duration to be discussed individually)

I am also available for accompaniment and for performances such as recitals, lecture- recitals…


E-mail: castineira.pianist@googlemail.com

As we explained running these adverts will be an experiment.  We would like to know what folks think so please comment.  We think this is a public service, but then again you may disagree.  Naturally if we are inundated with requests we will have to prioritise…we'll see how it goes.

Folks must also understand that The Bulletin Board and its volunteers can take no responsibility for any of the information that we pass along.  (I just felt that I had to say that!)


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