Luc Nijs (Belgium)
Luc has been a teacher (clarinet, saxophone, ensemble) for many years and then decided to deepen his skills, knowledge and experience through research. Since 2008, he has been investigating the musician-instrument relationship and how the body can play a role in the development of an optimal relationship between musician and instrument. This has led him to the development of the "kinemusical approach" that is being adopted in this project. Next to his work on the body in instrumental music teaching and learning, he gained knowledge and experience in the domain of technology-enhanced music learning. His project with the Music Paint Machine received the EAPRIL Best research and Practice Project Award.
Iro Michael (Cyprus)
Born in 1993, the Cypriot clarinetist Iro Michael has already established herself as one of the most important upcoming Cypriot musicians. She graduated from City University of London in 2014, where among other subjects she had her performance tuition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Jullian Farrell, music business with Dr. Mario Carboni and Musical Theatre with Dr. Chris Wiley. Alongside she worked regularly with ensembles and orchestras on a freelance basis. She has performed among others with the City University orchestra, MCX wind band, Bloomsbury Chamber Orchestra, St. George quintet and Oval trio.
In Cyprus she performed with Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra several times, AvantiCSO, Cyprus Philharmonic Orchestra, Commantaria Orchestra, Limassol Municipality band, Amir Trio and Epilogi Choir with concerts in many European countries. Additionally, she is an experienced teacher. She worked for two years in Rashcroft and Gearies Primary schools in London and in several music schools in Cyprus. She is currently working as a clarinet teacher in public Music Schools and in several private institutions including, The English School, Sistema Cyprus and AiMusic Lab. Since 2016 she owns a First class with honors master degree in Music Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Nicosia.
Paulina Figaszewska (Poland)
Paulina graduated from the State Music School in Rybnik (2016) and from the Post-secondary Vocal and Ballet School in Gliwice (2019). She is currently studying at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, majoring in Dalcroze eurythmics. Meantime, she has gained stage experience by performing in musical performances like musicals and operetta as a dancer and concerts with locals brass bands as a clarinetist. She works as a freelancer in Castello Musical Theater, Tomasz Mich’s Musical Studio STEP and Locals Brass Band Dębieńsko. In 2017-2018 she worked as a clarinet teacher in Private Music School EGIDA in Książenice.
Since 2020 she has been working in the Town Cultural Centre in Orzesze as a balet instructor for children. She also gains experience in working with children by working as a camp counsellor.
While working with children, she wants to transfer not only her knowledge and experience but also her passion for music and dancing trying to connect them with each other.