Accordion Teacher - A.I.R.M.T.
Manager of the Music Education Centre
Teaches: Accordion (A.I.R.M.T.)
Experience: Lionel has an large amount of teaching experience as a Registered Music Teacher, having taught many students in accordion, piano and keyboard, with students having success up to Grade 8 level.
Lionel himself began learning at the Music Education Centre at the age of 9, passing his Grade 8 music examinations by the age of 15 with the Accordion Examination Board of New Zealand. Now he is an experienced performer, having entertained extensively in restaurants, clubs and concert halls around the world. As a soloist Lionel has appeared on television and radio throughout Europe and the United States. He has also toured as a player and lead vocalist with the Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra around Canada, USA, Australia, Europe and Southeast Asia.
Currently Lionel is involved with the training and conducting of the Auckland Accordion Symphonietta. This group has performed countless times across New Zealand and Australia, including having the opportunity to perform as guest artist at the 2007 World Accordion Championships in Washington DC (also giving performances at the prestigious Kennedy Centre and in New York City). In the past, Lionel has also been a conductor for the Musicale Accordion Orchestra during its highly successful tour to South-East China.
Lionel started working at the Music Education Centre in 1990 and now is the full time manager, dealing with day to day operation and overseeing all of our programmes. Lionel became a director of the centre in 2004, and is passionate about the value and benefits of the services our organisation provides for students and teachers. Music truly runs in the family with his wife Elena teaching piano at the centre, and his eldest daughter Alexandra beginning to teach. Alina is also always keen to join in with music and learns with one of our great piano teachers at the centre.
As the Music Education Centre has different teachers over a range of locations, please contact our office on 0800 89 39 39 to find out where Lionel is currently teaching, or which of our other great teachers may be available at your preferred location.