Saturday Music School is led by Jonathan Gibson (Director of Excellence) and is supported by Stephanie Bissell (Director of Music), Natalie Wild (Deputy Director of Music) and our wonderful team of tutors.
Sam Thi Nguyễn-Neugarten is a Vietnamese born British violinist. Thi started her music education with her father, uncles and auntie, until at the age of 17 she won a music scholarship to study in Moscow's The Gnecine Music College with the renowned Russian pedagogy Semion Mikhailovich Mykychiansky. In 1989, Thi, along with her mother and brother who is also a violinist, fled Communist Vietnam to Hong Kong. While in a Hong Kong refugee centre, Thi and her brother attracted worldwide attention through their violin playing, and finally given passage to Norway. Once settled in Europe, Thi furthered her music education at the Norwegian Music Academy with professor Ornuf Boye Hansen, the Guildhall School in London with professor David Takeno, and at the Institute of Education for a masters in Social Psychology and Philosophy in Music Education. Thi is a passionate teacher and coach working with young musicians through many music Hubs in London including MISST. As well as being a busy violin teacher, Thi is also a freelance violinist. She plays in many orchestras, chamber ensembles and is giving recitals when possible. Thi lives in London with her son. She is a keen amateur gardener and loves cooking.
Phoebe Clarke is a double bassist and flautist currently finishing her undergraduate degree, studying classical double bass, at the Royal College of Music, London. Aside from mentoring double bass and flute for MiSST, and private teaching, Phoebe has taught double bass at the Vineyard School in Richmond, mentored for the English Schools Orchestra, and completed her DIPABRSM Principles of Teaching Training. Alongside her studies, Phoebe has a wide range of orchestral experience playing with ensembles such as the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, London Film Music Orchestra, Women of the World Orchestra, London City Philharmonic, London Contemporary Music Festival Orchestra and the Piccadilly Sinfonietta.