Cornelius Bruinsma - Head of Instrumental Studies

Cornelius Bruinsma studied at Colchester Institute where he gained an Honours degree in Music. He went on to postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Gerald Lee where he gained his Advanced Soloist Certificate and Licentiate Diploma. His career in music has been balanced between performing and teaching.

As a performer Cornelius was a founder member of the Pro Arte Guitar Trio and in this capacity he recorded 5 CDs for ASV. He has broadcast on BBC 1 television and BBC Radio 3 and 4. He has performed at London’s Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe and USA.

As a teacher Cornelius worked for the Inner London Education Authority where he was a senior tutor on the Tower Hamlet’s wider opportunities project in the 1980’s. He gained his qualified teacher status at during this time. He was also guitar teacher for the London Centre for Young Musicians based at Morley College. He began working for London Borough of Croydon in 1986 as a sessional guitar teacher in Croydon schools. He has been Head of Guitar for Croydon Music and Arts and is currently Head of Instrumental Development for Non-Orchestral Instruments.