Alžbeta Greenwood-Byrne


About Alžbeta

Alžbeta Greenwood-Byrne, born in Slovakia, graduated with a Masters degree from the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Kyle Horch. She was a Foundation Scholar, supported by the Dr Michael West Award. Alžbeta made her debut as a soloist with the State Philharmonic Orchestra in Košice. She won First Prize in the National Competition of Slovak Conservatories and was awarded the Launchpad Prize and Deloitte Talent Award as well as receiving a grant from Talents of New Europe. As a member of several saxophone quartets and bands, Alžbeta played at Kings Place, BAFTA Club, Lansdowne Club, Royal Festival Hall, V&A Museum, and at the 18th World Saxophone Congress in Croatia.


"I am delighted to have found Alžbeta as a soprano saxophone teacher for my 12 year old daughter. She is very kind and encouraging, brings out the best in her playing and has a variety of techniques on hand to help with trickier areas, such as remembering scales. After each lesson she sends a recap of the lesson so that my daughter can remember the teaching points and practice accordingly. In the words of my daughter after her first lesson with Alžbeta, 'I learnt more in the last hour than I have in a year with my previous teacher'. I highly recommend Alžbeta." Parent, Cambridgeshire

"As a complete beginner with the saxophone I have been blown away by the progress Alžbeta has helped me to achieve in relatively short time. Having never even picked up a saxophone before I was soon able to play actual melodies, all due to her guidance and support. She is a wonderful teacher; patient, encouraging and kind, and I enjoy every single lesson with her. Her genuine passion for music is infectious! I am a teacher myself and know how vital these qualities are! I feel very lucky to have had such a great first teacher for the saxophone and am excited to continue learning and improving. Alžbeta is always flexible in terms of booking lessons, which has made it much easier for me to fit around a busy work and home life. I could not recommend her more!" Adult learner, London

"As a nearly 70 year old whose last musical instrument was a recorder in primary school, I was very pleased at the progress I made in a short time. Alžbeta is an enthusiastic and patient teacher combining attention to detail with enjoying making music. I did not find the clarinet an easy instrument to learn but her experience and guidance made it that much easier to maintain confidence in my ability to succeed." Adult learner, Cambridgeshire

"My son has been playing the saxophone for 3 months only and the progress he has made with Alžbeta is unbelievable. She is very encouraging and patient and offers constructive feedback. She praises him when he is doing well and clearly explains how to correct any mistakes as he goes along. He enjoys it when she plays duets with him. Alžbeta really manages to strike a good balance between learning and fun. I highly recommend her!" Parent, Cambridgeshire

"Alžbeta teaches my 3 children saxophone and clarinet and I am so happy with her as a teacher! She has a lovely calm, encouraging style of teaching which my children all respond to. I have seen them all make great progress both technically and musically. Alžbeta also writes individual practice schedules which have made such a difference to their practising." Parent, London

"Visual, bright, exclusive, cosmic – that's what we inferred from the name of the group that were giving their performance. The four gleaming instruments – all of the utmost quality, and each held at a different height determined by its size – attracted admiration. These young, talented, smiling and ebullient artists, each from different corners of the world, immediately won the hearts of the audience." Review for PARALLAX Saxophone Quartet from the concert at the Spring Music Festival in Košice 2018

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