"Learning under Kemal has been a blessing. I've learned more in a year with him than I had ever learned in the 5 years before. He adapted his teaching techniques to suit my learning needs and I've finally been able to absorb information. I now feel I have a really solid understanding of basic and increasingly complex music theory and compositional techniques that I never had before, and I'm not feeling nervous about music analysis in conservatoire next year thanks solely to him."
- Jude, Student
AS A MENTOR
Kemal has mentored and coached over 500 young artists. Having initially been self taught before progressing onto formal training at the Royal Academy of Music, he has a varied perspective. Predominantly he is best suited to working with artists with anxiety, "writers block", and other creatively-alienating issues.
He was head of Curriculum for the London based Arts Revolution where he designed a course to be delivered to 300+ pupils at 4 central London Primary Schools. The system was innovative, in that it was a conservatoire style system which allowed for maximum uptake irrespective of familial income brackets.
He is an Ivors fellow, a PRSF Advisor and currently teaches GCSE, General Musicianship, Composition and
Theory at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. Kemal was mentored by the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CH
CBE and is currently mentored by Dr Robert Lefever, a trauma and addiction specialist and composer. He has held additional posts at Sistema UK, BASCA, The London Graduate Orchestra, The London School of Arts and has been a guest lecturer at theBartlett School of Architecture.
In 2013 Kemal Co Founded the London Graduate Orchestra, which is a training orchestra aimed at preparing talented musicians for entry into the professional field. The orchestra was the first of its kind and performed in venues such as Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, The Forge in Camden and the Natural History Museum.
Kemal runs a series of Mental Health talks called The Mind Talks which focuses on core belief systems in artists, trauma and addiction.
Kemal runs classes on tackling performance anxiety classes at the Junior Royal Academy of Music.
Kemal has lead volunteer projects at Bushfire Ministries, Uganda, the Yangshuo Friendship Club in China and as part of his Norfolk and Norwich Festival Commission in 2016 created a city-wide development
initiative to involve all underprivileged students who has limited means of accessing creative learning in the project.
Kemal holds a BA in Music from the University of Bristol and a MMus in composition with LRAM at the Royal
Academy of Music. Trained at the University of Bristol (BA) and Royal Academy of Music (MA)
Kemal is open to consultations, and can be contacted at
"My son has been having one to one sessions with Kemal for a year now. He has made much progress with his musical understanding during this time, and really enjoys working with Kemal. He tells me that Kemal is able to explain things in many different ways, and this helps him make connections where previously there was only misunderstanding. I can highly recommend Kemal for his sensitivity and tenacity, and applaud his ability to grasp the issues, finding novel ways to untie any knots."
- Luisa, Parent