About me 

Hello, my name is Paul, and I am the founder of Ottantotto Piano School and the practising tutor.  I grew up in Moscow, Russia, and graduated from the Moscow College Of Performing Arts with a choral conducting and piano tuition diploma. I also hold ABRSM QCF Level 4 diploma in instrumental teaching (piano) and currently am studying towards Bachelor (Hons) in Music.

My experience

I have 12 years of experience teaching piano online and in person. I have recently created a series of interactive online courses for beginners to provide additional help to piano beginners during the lockdown. 


Lesson structure


The structure of the lessons varies according to the needs of the individual student (whether it is focused work towards serious exams or casual learning “just for fun”). However, I follow the traditional method of Russian piano pedagogy and put a strong emphasis on theory, technique and the history of the music.

I also ensure that every student works in a stress-free, friendly and creative environment, as any musical activity should be enjoyed first!


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Full post-lesson support

My students enjoy full and unlimited access to my support between the lessons. I provide scores, blank manuscripts, books and recordings, all of which included in the price of your lessons. 

I put a lot of time and effort into creating and delivering an in-depth learning experience tailored to your particular needs and targets. I know that every student perceives the same information differently, and I always find a way to explain the subject so that you will absolutely understand it. There will be no guesswork between the lessons. You will always know what to practice and how to practice. I guarantee that you will see a significant improvement from the first lesson.

I teach music theory as part of any form of piano lessons which means that all of my students can read music and play the instrument. 

For beginner learners


Note reading, the basics of music harmony and analysis ( optional ), ear training, sight-reading, correct posture, finger independence, basic techniques for professional-sounding tone, any other bespoke requirements. Study materials (included in the cost of your lessons):

  • a week-by-week online study planner with homework and video recordings of your lessons and audio and video demonstrations
  • interactive music theory course for piano beginners
  • scores, blank manuscripts, books, recordings
  • full access to my support between the lessons




For intermediate learners


Effective daily practice techniques, correction of bad posture, intermediate techniques for compelling tone, pedal control and pedalling techniques, accompany, advanced score reading including orchestra scores ( optional ), mindful performance with understanding of music history and style, performance anxiety, any other bespoke requirements. Study materials (included in the cost of your lessons):

  • a week-by-week online study planner with homework and video recordings of your lessons and audio and video demonstrations
  • interactive music theory course for piano beginners
  • scores, blank manuscripts, books, recordings
  • full access to my support between the lessons




For advanced learners


Advanced pedalling techniques, advanced phrasing and dynamic techniques, development of movement and flow of the performance, weight and balance of palm, advanced fingering and finger independence, combat performance anxiety, mindful performance with an understanding of the style and era, any other bespoke requirements. Study materials (included in the cost of your lessons):

  • a week-by-week online study planner with homework and video recordings of your lessons and audio and video demonstrations
  • interactive music theory course for piano beginners
  • scores, blank manuscripts, books, recordings
  • full access to my support between the lessons




For everyone and included in every lesson


  • Always rapid and effective results.
  • Help with practical exams ( ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall, RCM ) and beyond.
Between 2016 and 2020 all of my students have passed ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall graded exams with flying marks.
  • Full and unlimited post-lesson support.