Christian Fellner MA, Dip.TCL, LTCL
I was born in London in 1963 and received my earliest musical training from my father, a professional organist, who taught me piano from the age of six. As well as piano, I learned harpsichord, organ and singing and performed baroque chamber music with my own ensemble before beginning full-time vocal studies at Trinity College of Music, London. I graduated with diplomas in teaching and performing and continued my vocal studies with Esther Salaman in London and Professor Yevgenia Sheveliova of the Gnessin Academy in Moscow. An interest in the spoken voice took me to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where I graduated with distinction from the MA Voice Studies course.
My teaching career began in my late teens when I was asked to teach piano and music theory to a group of children in my neighbourhood and prepare them for the ABRSM grade exams. I soon discovered that teaching was something I enjoyed and in a few years I was teaching around thirty piano lessons a week. I began teaching singing during my final year Trinity and this led naturally to teaching spoken voice as well.
After graduating from Central in 2010, I taught voice and text to actors at the Poor School, a London drama school in Kings Cross. This continued until the School closed in 2017 and I now run a private practice from my home in Teddington, South West London and teach voice at The School – a new school of acting in North London https://theschoollondon.co.uk
Alongside teaching, I also have a career as a singer and have performed widely in the UK and Europe as well as in Israel and Russia. Early opera roles included Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute, Ariodates in Handel’s Xerxes and Apollo in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, but my main performing activity has been as recitalist and chamber musician singing a repertoire ranging from baroque chamber cantatas by Clérambault, Frescobaldi, Scarlatti, Purcell and JS Bach to songs by twentieth century composers Shostakovich, Georgii Sviridov and Ned Rorem. At the centre of my repertoire are the songs and cycles of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Hugo Wolf and my recording of Schubert Lieder with pianist Slava Poprugin was released in May 2016. It is available on iTunes, Amazon and to stream on Spotify.
In Russia I have given recitals with the Sviatoslav Richter International Foundation in Moscow and Tarusa and I sang Schubert’s Schwanengesang at the Scriabin Museum in Moscow. I have also given several recitals at Oxford University including a Russian Song programme in the Holywell Music Room.
Thank you so much for the voice exercises! People have started listening to me. I feel my voice sometimes bouncing off the walls. I can now easily overtalk people who constantly interrupt me and they stop talking no matter how loud they are, their voices aren’t ringing. There’s a long way to go, but this has changed my life drastically already. Thank you wouldn’t be enough to express my gratitude.
Polina Gridneva, Moscow Linguistics University
Christian is a fantastic voice teacher and has a superb ear for what it is your voice needs. I had a huge problem with my projection and diction, he has helped me through it and now I can’t seem to shut up! I regularly use him for any troubles or blips I have in my vocals; he’s my go to for voice care advice.
Eddie Chamberlin, actor
Christian is an absolute vocal legend, as well as being an incredibly humble person! He only needs to glance in your direction to know whether you’re in correct alignment, holding tension or breathing correctly and he has taught me everything that I use today. From vocal warm ups, Alexander Technique, Shakespeare and the treatment of text to the mechanics of the voice and vocal cords, Christian is your man. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to train with him these last two years. Thank you Christian!
Corrina Jane, actor
The first time I heard Christian speak introducing himself to our new group, he made my jaw drop with the quality of his own rich, warm and resonant voice. It seems effortless but now I know the work that supports it. I also know that what he’s taught me will support me throughout my future career. He fills all his classes with a calm, centred energy, and his gentle encouragement has brought us all so far.It has been a privilege to share his incredible wealth of knowledge about the voice – until he writes his book and shares it with everyone!
Lina Haward, actor