Private Instrumental

The AAS Private Instrumental Program (PIP) began in 2008. Our PIP instructors are all professional musicians, experienced teachers and proficient English speakers. Each is successful in their field and aware of the high standard of education expected by students at AAS. Upon request, teachers will also prepare appropriate students for internationally recognised exams and assessments, such as
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).

If you have any questions, particularly in relation to availability, fees or assessments offered, please do not hesitate to contact any of the tutors listed below:

Instrument Tutors

Emil Tasev

Emil graduated from the National Musical Academy in 2000. He plays and teaches styles varying from traditional jazz to fusion to latin to rock. He has toured Europe extensively with a number of bands playing jazz festivals such as “Montreux” and, very often, the locally renowned “Bansko Jazz Festival.”

He has taught drums at AAS for 5 years to a wide variety of students. Every year the majority of his students participate in the school’s recital evening and other showcase events.

P: 0887 203 603

Jana Ibrishimova

Yana is a flute teacher, soloist and chamber musician. She completed her music education at the National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov ” in the flute class of Prof. Georgi Spasov. She then specialised in the Higher Music School (Essen, Germany) in the class of Prof. Ruth Legelli. Along with concert activity, she has been teaching for many years, working with children of different age groups and nationalities.

Through ner fundamental love of her instrument, Yana strives to pass on her enthusiasm and knowledge to students who want to learn to play the flute.

P: 0889 983 846


Neli Harper

Neli is an international Guitarist based in Sofia. In 2016 she completed her Diploma and Degree in guitar at ICMP, London. She has been seen playing all over Europe in many musical styles, playing at sold out venues (The Ruby Lounge, Manchester) and prestige events (The House of Lords, London).

Apart from teaching, Neli can be found crafting new and exciting shows and working alongside her husband performing at events.

P: 0883 300 493

Teodossi Tzinguilev

Teodossi has 20 years teaching experience with individuals and groups. Theory, technique and improvisation patiently empower each student to tune their own voice to the instrument, both by spontaneous creativity and step-by-step evolution. Classical, acoustic and electric studies are available at all levels. Kindness and fun included.

After being guitarist for alt-rockers Nemo for 10 years, Teodossi is currently exploring his own creative boundaries within a brand new instrumental quartet.

Currently Mr. Tzinguilev is not accepting new students.

Ivan Kerekovsky

Starting to play the piano from an early age, Ivan Kerekovsky finished his music education at Sofia National Music School (2010) and later his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Brussels Koninklijk Conservatorium (2010-2015) in the piano class of prof. Boyan Vodenitcharov.

Playing at numerous concerts and festivals in Europe, Ivan has been teaching piano students from all levels since 2012.

P: 0888 022 488

Angela Tosheva

Angela Tosheva, PhD is among the most notable Bulgarian pianists of her generation. Tracing her own, unique way as a freelance pianist, her career has led her to win several international competitions (Usti nad Labem, Casagrande) perform numerous concerts in Europe, North and Latin America, record ten albums, teach at the Bulgarian State Conservatory, lead numerous piano masterclasses in Sofia and to play with leading conductors and orchestras.

Along with Michail Goleminov she founded the music house, “Orange factory,” an independent cultural hub in Bulgaria, organising festivals, events and publishing books on music. Angela has been teaching private piano lessons since 2000.

P: 0887 415 539

Tsanka Filipova

Tsanka Filipova was born in Kardzhali in a family of musicians and started playing violin aged 5. She studied at Secondary Music School in Plovdiv, graduating with honours, before completing her Masters at the National Academy of Music, Sofia.

From 1991-95 she was a member of The Simphony Orchestra of Bulgarian National Radio and since 1996 she has been assistant first violinist with the Academy Simphony Orchestra and a member of AGBU Chamber Orchestra, Sofia. Tsanka has been teaching violin since 1998, working with students of various ages and nationalities.

P: 0896 820 468


Dora Dimitrova

A fourth generation professional musician, Bulgarian-American violinist, Dora Dimitrova lives a multi-faceted career as a concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician and music educator. Dimitrova has worked with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (NJ), Symphony in C (NJ), International Mahler Orchestra (Berlin), RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra (Ljubljana), New York Symphonic Ensemble (NY), among others. In 2018 Dora joined the Hello Dolly! Broadway Musical at the Schuber Theatre in New York City. In October 2019 she became Assistant Violin Professor at New Bulgarian University, Sofia.

Currently, Dimitrova is the Concertmaster of New Symphony Orchestra, Sofia and works regularly with Sofia Session Orchestra and Choir. Dora holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Dora has been teaching privately since 2012.

P: 0879 399 070

  • Scheduling

    Private lessons are usually held weekly for 30 to 50 minutes at the suggestion of the instructor with the agreement of the parent and student. You are welcome to contact an instructor and schedule a lesson. For lessons to take place at AAS, the teacher will also need to contact the school to confirm room/instrument availability. Lessons are not usually held when school is not in session.

  • Lesson Fees

    Lesson fees (length, location, frequency, period, method of payment) are negotiated between parent and instructor. We suggest you use AAS trimester dates and holidays to guide your planning. For the use of school practice rooms, the instructor will also pay a facility fee in accordance with the AAS School Facilities Procedures.

  • Lessons on Campus

    Lessons are generally held at the school from 3:40pm (3:10 on Wednesdays). Subsequent time slots are then available on the understanding that most classes finish by 5:25 so that students may catch the late bus service if required.

  • Cancellation Policy

    At least 24 hours notice of cancellation is expected, except in cases of emergency. We recommend you establish clear expectations from both sides with your instructor.

  • Child Protection

    All instructors have provided background checks, have agreed to comply with the AAS Code of Professional Conduct and have undergone the school’s basic training in Child Protection.

  • Important to Note

    Private Instrument tuition is a private agreement between instructor and parents. The school promotes the programme through its list of approved instructors and can also provide facilities/instruments as outlined above. The school does not involve itself in contractual arrangements between instructor and families.