Our Teaching Team


Alex Chalabi - BMus GSMD, ESA Level 3

Alex started playing the violin aged 4 with Suzuki method following his older Brother's footsteps (now a concertmaster in Australia). Learning with Felicity Lipman, Alex attended Junior Guildhall School of Music, led the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and played in many London venues with both Guildhall and Dulwich College ensembles including solo concertos at St John's Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall. He studied Violin and Viola at RNCM and Guildhall School of Music with Jon Morton, Mark Knight and has freelanced with various ensembles since.

Now a Suzuki teacher, Alex is growing his teaching practice. Please contact: alexander.chalabi@gmail.combrixtonsuzuki.co.uk or 07708626441.

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Charlotte Clemson – BA (Hons), ESA Level 5

Charlotte began learning the violin at the age of 3 with her mother, Heather Clemson, who studied with Dr Suzuki in Japan. Charlotte read Music at Oxford University, and is a qualified Level 5 ESA Suzuki Teacher. She has taught on Suzuki courses and workshops including Bryanston International Summer School, Dunfield House Suzuki Course, Culford Suzuki Course, and Surrey Suzuki Workshop. Alongside teaching, Charlotte has gained experience in the world of arts management, and has worked for the National Youth Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Charlotte teaches Suzuki Violin in West London; for enquiries, please contact: charlotteclemsonsuzuki@outlook.com or 07912214646.


Clare Raybould - BMus(Hons) RAM, LRAM, ESA Level 5 

Clare studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music and has been teaching the violin for over 20 years. After being introduced to the Suzuki method in 2007 she began training, completing Level 5 in 2012. Clare has taught for a number of London schools including Thomas' London Day Schools where she was Head of Strings and Hill House International Junior School. International Suzuki teaching includes Bryanston International Summer School and Cellofest International Summer School.

As a freelance violinist, Clare has performed with numerous orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia and Northern Sinfonia. She also works with string quartets and on pop, film and TV sessions.

Clare is not taking on new students at present.


Karina MacAlpine - BMus(Hons) TCM, ESA Level 5

After graduating from Trinity College of Music in London, Karina trained as a Suzuki violin teacher and has taught Suzuki method for over 10 years. All individual lessons take place in Penge, SE20. Pupils range from pre-twinkle to post-grade 8 and are between 4 and 18 years old.

Karina co-runs the Dulwich Suzuki Group with Clare Raybould and works alongside the other teachers of the London Suzuki Group. International teaching includes the 15th World Suzuki Convention in Melbourne Australia, the Whitsun Workshop in the Haag, Netherlands and Bryanston International Summer School. The other side to Karina's working life is performing with the Blond String Quartet

For enquiries, please contact: karina@blondquartet.com