Teaching Staff 

Niall O Brien, Violin tutor and Director

Niall O Brien (Violin, Leaving and Junior Certificate Music ) has been teaching violin in Dublin for over twenty years, preparing prizewinners at local and national level. Having created and directed the Adult String Ensemble at Waltons New School of Music, Niall directed both youth orchestras at Leeson Park School of Music and successfully led both orchestras on international engagements to London and Milan. As tutor, Niall has also coached with Dublin Youth Orchestras, Waterford Institute of Technology, and been engaged as guest instructor at Clare Music Makers with international violinist Angelo Calcafuoco. 

While employed as Director of Newpark Music Centre, Niall created the Adult Orchestra and Summer Rock School and currently as Local and Area Representative of Trinity College Music Examinations (London) is engaged with all aspects of managing examination entries for the Dublin and east coast region. 

With honours degrees in Classical Music and Jazz Performance and having toured with Bluegrass/Country and Popular bands/musicians, Niall has a wide range of interests musically.  


Kim O’Brien (Flute and Pre-Instrumental) is a flautist completing her studies with William Dowdal at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Kim's studies will see her complete her  Bachelor's of Music in Performance Degree while she already holds a Licentiate in Flute teaching from Trinity College (Music) London.  She has extensive performance experience as a soloist and is a member of the prestigious RIAM Philharmonia. Kim has had a great passion for music since a very young age, starting the flute at just 6 years old and studying with Lynda Maloney at Leeson Park School of Music. She completed her grade exams with Trinity College and went on to be awarded the ATCL Diploma in 2017. As a past member of several youth orchestras and chamber groups, Kim has performed in well known Irish performance locations such as the National Concert Hall, the Olympia theatre and the Pavilion theatre. She has also travelled internationally to perform in Lisbon, Portugal and Leuven, Belgium.

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Giulia Piga (Guitar) is a classical guitarist originally from Sardinia, Italy.  At the age of seven she began taking classical guitar lessons privately. In 2015 she entered the Conservatorio di Musica Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina of Cagliari with Professor Flaviano Dessalvi and pursued the bachelor’s degree. In 2019 she graduated with 110/110. 

More recently, she graduated in Dublin at TU Dublin Conservatoire, pursuing the Master’s degree.During her bachelor’s studies, as a participant on the Erasmus program, she had the opportunity to travel and study at Conservatorio Superior de Musica Manuel Castillo in Seville. She has also traveled in Switzerland and Italy to attend masterclasses mostly with Italian guitarist Matteo Mela. The Spanish experience and other travels across Europe permitted her to discover local cultures and to research with other music styles, such as tango, flamenco, pizzica.

Since 2018 she has performed in various concerts in Italy, Spain and Switzerland and gained experience not only performing but also as an educator, teaching the young students and students of more senior year..


Patrick Clarke (Guitar) has been playing the guitar and performing in bands from an early age. Growing up in County Down Patrick moved to Dublin in 2018 to attend BIMM Dublin and pursue a career as a musician. After graduating at BIMM with an honours degree Patrick continues to work as a session guitarist for Tolu Makay as well as working with other solo musicians and cover bands with whom he has played venues such as Vicar Street, The Grand Social, The Button Factory and with organisations such as RTE, and an Post. He also has a keen interest in music theory and composition and plans to go on to study a  masters in music composition at Maynooth University. Patrick feels that learning an instrument should never feel like a chore therefore he likes to implement student-based learning where basic and advanced skills can be taught with the student’s interests in mind. This could mean focusing teaching around a genre the student likes or teaching techniques based on a student’s favourite song.Patrick has a background in Blues and Rock music although his current interests lie in Jazz and Orchestral music. He also enjoys playing and teaching Pop and Funk guitar. 

Hugh O Byrne (Drum Kit and Percussion) has been teaching and playing music professionally for over twenty years. He studied percussion in DIT Conservatory of Music and later went on to complete his teaching diploma in Drum Kit and Orchestral Percussion with Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). As a Kit player, Hugh has performed with a wide variety of groups and ensembles covering styles from Latin, Jazz, Soul, African, Pop and Rock. He also works regularly in Music Theatre and has toured internationally as a percussionist with the Dance Theatre of Ireland. 


Tiarnán Shortt

Tiarnán is a pianist and classical singer from Greystones, Co. Wicklow. He completed his Royal Irish Academy grade examinations as a child, as well as the Associated Board examinations. He was involved with music throughout his school years in Wesley College Dublin and was awarded the Ackroyd Cup for musical achievement upon graduation as well as the subject prize for music, having achieved the highest mark in his year for music in the Leaving Certificate. He began completing a bachelor’s degree in music in the TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2018 and took a particular interest in the area of pedagogy. Here he has studied with piano teachers Ann Keary and Celine Kelly. He has also competed in the Feis Ceoil and competitions within the conservatory. As a trained classical singer, Tiarnán also has a strong interest in piano accompaniment and chamber music.


Áine Gell (Piano, Voice, Pre-instrumental) has been teaching in South Dublin Music since 2018. She has a keen interest in Early Years Music Education. Having completed her BA TSM Degree in Music and Modern Irish at Trinity College Dublin, she travelled to Kecskemét to pursue postgraduate studies at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Hungary. It was here that she specialised her skills in Music Pedagogy through the Kodály Concept and in Choral Conducting.Alongside her work with South Dublin Music, Áine also facilitates Early Years Music and Vocal Programmes in Primary Schools for Music Generation South Dublin. She also teaches Musicianship and conducts the Children’s Choir at Leeson Park School of Music, Rathmines. In addition to teaching, Áine volunteers as PRO of Kodály Society of Ireland, helping to facilitate annual Kodály Concept Workshops for teachers and sings with the mixed voice chamber choir, New Dublin Voices. This year she will be taking part in the Female Conductors Programme 2019/20 run by the National Concert Hall. 

Tatyana Wearen (Violin) began her studies at Leeson Park School of Music at the age of 6 with Niall O’ Brien and finished her time at the school studying with Lidia Jewloszewicz Clarke. Tatyana completed her Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the Royal Irish Academy/Trinity College Dublin while studying first with Maeve Broderick and then Mia Cooper. She has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra and Dublin Youth Orchestra, Trinity College Orchestra, Sinfonua and the RIAM Philharmonia. As a soloists, Tatyana has participated in masterclasses with the Navarra Quartet, the Signum Quartet, Elaine Clarke, Michael D'Arcy and Kathrine Hunka. She has competed at Feis Ceoil both in the solo and chamber music categories and won first prize at the Newpark Music Festival. At Leeson Park School of Music she won the high achievers cup on three occasions. 


Maurice Czerniak (Guitar) is largely a self taught guitarist, having learned by observation, intuition and jamming with contemporaries. In general as a musician, Maurice has performed as a singer/songwriter and played with many bands. He has recorded extensively in a variety of styles and amassed considerable experience as a rock musician. As a self taught musician, Maurice taught himself to read music and having studied Classical Guitar went on to complete his ATCL Classical Guitar Diploma with Trinity College London. As a tutor, Maurice has experience in teaching all styles, acoustic, electric and classical guitar and also enjoys teaching Theory of Music. Recently with the popularity of Ukelele Maurice has found himself in demand as a tutor of that instrument. 


Judit Máté (Piano) is a Hungarian-born organist and music teacher based in Ireland since 2008. She grew up studying music through the Kodály method. Judit gained her BA degree in Music Education and Church Music in 2006 in Hungary and completed her Master’s Degree in Organ Performance, graduating with First Class Honours in 2016 at TU Dublin Conservatoire. Recently, Judit has performed recitals at Dun Laoghaire International Concert Series, at Tullamore Summer Organ Series , at Leran Music Festival (France), and in Hungary (Martinus Organ Festival in Szombathely, Church of the Calvary in Szombathely, Ják Abbey Church and  Nyári orgonavarázs Organ Festival, Veszprém). Since 2010 Judit has been the organist and musical director of St Jude the Apostle Church in Templeogue and since 2014 Church of the Divine Word in Rathfarnham. In 2011 Judit founded and since then has been conducting the project-based St Jude’s Chamber Orchestra and Concert Choir. Their performances included Mass in C major by Rheinberger (2015), Missa Brevis in C major by Mozart, Harmonia Caelestis by Esterhazy (2013), Vivaldi’s Gloria (2012), Stabat Mater by Pergolesi  (2011 and 2017) and contemporary Hungarian choral music (2019).


Eléna Esposito (Piano) is an Irish pianist based in Dublin. She began piano at age 10 in the Melody School of Music and was accepted into the Music Excellence Course in the TU Dublin Conservatoire in 2017. Eléna is now completing  a degree in piano performance at the Conservatory, mentored by Siobhan Kilkelly. Eléna has participated in multiple competitions  in the Conservatory and has completed masterclasses with distinguished pianists such as Prisca Benoit. She recently attended Cheethams Summer School where she studied with established pianist, Tamás Ungár. Eléna also has a keen interest in accompaniment in piano and organ. She attains a position as the organist for the children’s choir in St.Agnes Church.