Anna Cai (founder and piano teacher)

Chinese born British pianist, Anna has been winning prizes and awards since her early teens. After she graduated from the Beijing Normal University with a bachelor's degree in Music Education and Piano Performance, Anna came to UK in 2009 for her further music study as a postgraduate student in the Royal Northern College of Music with an entrance scholarship. Following this, she settled in the UK and has been working as a music educator ever since.

Anna started her music practice in 2013. Since then she has gained a lot of experience working with young children at beginner levels as well as advanced students. Her friendly, fun and professional teaching approach has helped create a relaxed, enjoyable but structured learning environment for her students who have achieved a 100% ABRSM exam pass rate with many gaining merits and distinctions. Excellent music qualifications have resulted in many students being selected into good academic schools. Beside exams, Anna also helps her students prepare recitals for their school performances, local music festivals and competitions. She has helped many young learners become school stars, with the benefit of boosting their confidence, which has also proven to be beneficial in other areas of their lives. 

Matthew Chadbond (violin and viola teacher)

Matthew has graduated from Royal Northern College of Music with a bachelor's degree (first class), and is currently pursuing his Master degree in Music Performance. He has a lot of performance experiences and has worked with many professional orchestras and ensembles across the region.

Matthew has been teaching Violin and Viola since 2015, has worked with players of all ages and abilities both as a teacher and as a sectional coach in orchestras.

He enjoys exploring engaging and effective methods of teaching the complexities of Violin and Viola technique, and is passionate about passing on his love for music.

Kevin McGeary (guitar teacher)

Kevin is a grade 8 classical guitarist and experienced teacher. He has 15 years of teaching experience in both the UK and abroad. He is also a prolific performer on Manchester's live music scene.

Christine Zhou (piano teacher)

Christine is a Chinese-Canadian, now residing in the UK. She holds both a Master's and Bachelor's degree in piano performance from Concordia University, Montreal. she also received her Artist Diploma at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and an Artist Certificate at The Schlern Music Festival in Italy.

Trained in the Russian school of piano teaching, she believes in making lessons both interesting, fun and customized to the individual student's age and learning curve, enabling them to develop their own creative and critical thinking, and, most importantly, to develop a love for playing the piano!

She has given piano lessons from pre-schoolers to adults at Yamaha Music Gallery and Royal Music School in Toronto as well as privately in Toronto, Montreal, Beijing, Shanghai and Todmorden from beginners to advanced levels, in both English and Mandarin. She is very excited to be now teaching at the Rubato Music Centre here in Manchester because of the professional, friendly, and creative environment it has to offer to their students and their teachers. 

Peter McDonough (brass teacher)

Peter is a recent graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, having completed his Master of Music (Euphonium Performance) degree with Distinction. He has a range of teaching experience, which includes working with the renowned Foden’s Youth Band and as a guest tutor for the RNCM Young Middle Brass scheme. Peter has also been Director of Eccles Youth Band since October 2017, delivering individual and group brass lessons to pupils of both primary and secondary school age, along with conducting, composing and arranging customised music for the ensemble, who gave their first performance in April 2018.

Having become familiar with a variety of teaching techniques during his Masters degree, Peter quickly tailors sessions to best suit each student’s character, needs and interests, putting their enjoyment at the centre of every lesson with a lively approach. He also aims to promote a wider, lasting musical understanding that benefits the student’s overall development.

Alison Xin (piano teacher)

Alison has completed her study for the bachelor degree of music and currently is pursuing her master degree in Piano Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music with scholarship. She was involved in a variety of teacher training programmes and has been teaching since 2014.

Her educational training and vast professional experience allow her to deliver an engaging approach to teaching, with a highly developed principled knowledge of the learning needs and approaches required for children, as well as maintaining the balance between professionalism and light-hearted play.

Katherine Stonham (piano and violin teacher)

For balancing art and academics, Katherine is currently studying the GRNCM/MusB 'Joint Course' at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester. She graduated from the University of Manchester with a first-class honours degree in 2020 and will be completing the GRNCM diploma in July 2021.

As a pianist, Katherine achieved a distinction in her DipABRSM exam aged 14 and went on to win the title of Bath Young Musician of the Year in 2016. Whilst at school, she gained a place on Richard Meyrick’s PianoMan scheme, giving her the opportunity to take individual lessons and attend courses with other young pianists from across the country.

Katherine’s approach to teaching is flexible and she will adapt the style and pace of her lessons to suit individual students’ needs. She aims to give students a thorough technical grounding and to explore a wide variety of repertoire, using creative methods to develop a range of musicianship skills alongside technique. Through her teaching, she will work with each student to ensure they find the process of learning an instrument enjoyable and rewarding.

Maxim Kinasov (piano teacher) 

Max is an international pianist from Russia, and now lives in the UK. He graduated with distinction from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and completed his Master of Music with Distinction at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Moreover, he has gained the International Artist Diploma and was awarded a prestigious Gold Medal from RNCM (2018).

Max has won many international piano competitions including the Grand Prix and Special Prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Rome (2014) and Second Prize and Audience Prize at the International Gian Battista Viotti Piano Competition in Vercelli (2015).

Max mainly instructs students with higher performance levels to help them improve in depth. Max believes that musical performance requires to use imagination, which is also reflected in his teaching. He pays more attention to stimulating the imagination of students in order to help them improve their musical expression.

Curtis Man (piano and bassoon teacher)

Curtis has a bachelor's degree in music and is currently pursuing his master's degree in Music at the Royal Northern College of Music with an entrance scholarship. He has a wealth of teaching experience. Before coming to the UK, he taught at Greenery Music, a music school in Hong Kong.

Curtis can teach both piano and bassoon instruments.

All our teachers are DBS checked under children protection policy.

Our teaching philosophy: Music study is not just about learning instruments, but to learn how to play music beautifully. At rubato music centre, we offer parents multiple options. If you just want your children to learn music as a hobby, we will help them gain high quality skills. However if you wish your children to become professionals, we will make sure they get fully prepared as well-rounded musicians.