About us

Olena NOVOTNA, creative director
Andriy Som

Andriy, source d’inspiration

Olena NOVOTNAI am a mother of two boys, Andriy (2007) and Olexiy (2014). With the arrival of my first child, my nature side was affirmed and I naturally adopted a mothering of proximity. Always looking for solutions to enrich my child, myself and the people around me.

Graduate of Master’s degree in World Literatures and Interculturality, University Aix-Marseille I (France), Master of Journalism, Creator of Media, University of Kyiv (Ukraine) and Training “History of Art”, The Louvre Museum, I’m a founder of “Bébé Maestro” – a great project proposing different activités for kids and parents.

“Bébé Maestro” offers an opportunity to leave home with your baby to listen to live music, to make friends from other countries, to draw, to awaken his sensomotricity, in short, simply to maintain the genius of his child !

Yes, I believe in the potential of a baby!

“Conférez des grandes espérances à un homme et il atteindra beaucoup!”

My work today is dedicated to my dear brother Serguey who always supports me a lot and who has transmitted to me the persuasion that by changing the education of children, we can change the world.

Ariane LIVADIOTIS, animator (musical classes)

Ariane LIVADIOTIS I am Textile Designer and subject creator with a Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. Born in the Liege region where before the textile design there were my studies in Plastic Art which gave me a close eye on the color and especially the textures. I decided later to start studying Styling / Modeling at Helmo Mode in Liège. My studies under the sign of creation will finally reach their peak when I arrive in Brussels to train me in Textile Design. Currently I am co-founder of the Collective Textile Macocoï which promotes contemporary textiles and creation. My present work is that of collaboration with dancer choreographers where I create materials / costumes for the stage and for the movement of the bodies. The dance fascinates me by its movement, it is the life.

But there is not only textile and choreographers in my life there is also childhood. I have always had the natural reflex of being interested in the evolution of children. Having known kindergartens and primaries that I currently define as meaningless, it made me aware of the great importance of what happens in the first years of our life. I want to be there for these kids, value them, let them explore, and keep them away from stress. We learn that by playing with a smile and I found Bébé Maestro! Music is so therapeutic, it boosts creativity.

Nathalie HUYSMAN, animator (vacation camps)

Nathalie HUYSMAN Actress, director, playwright and dancer, Nathalie Huysman, after graduating in French language and literature at the Catholic University of Louvain, decides to study directing and dramaturgy at the Center for Theatrical Studies. After obtaining her second degree, she decided to focus on practice and started a course in speech at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels while following, at the same time, various trainings and workshops in dance. Engaged in her second year in a show staged by Vittorio Lucariello, she decides to leave for Naples where she works in collaboration with the artistic director on several projects. Back in Belgium, she dances in the opera Don Giovanni directed by Patrick Poivre d’Arvor and Manon Savary.

Beginning then, successive collaborations with various theaters and directors including Albert-André LHeureux, René Bizac, José Besprsovany or Georges Lini. She later became responsible for artistic projects and playwright in the company Luc Petit Création with whom she went to work in China. Wishing to devote herself to her own company, she left the group to found her non-profit association, of which she is today the artistic director: La Compagnie de L’Hydre.

Jonathan WESTHORP, animator (Play English), guitarist

Jonathan WESTHORP I was born in Manchester, UK and I grew up listening to the classical piano playing of my mother and the rock guitar records of my father. It was just 3 years ago that I arrived in beautiful Belgium and I feel very happy to have such a wonderfully cultural and diverse city – Brussels – as my home.

At the age of 13 I was inspired by my musical surroundings to take up the guitar, and went on to study my first Popular Music degree in Salford University in 2006. Shortly after completing this, I combined my passion for music with travel and was lucky enough to teach and perform in Spain, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Costa Rica and Nepal in the years that followed. I was also given the chance to work as an English language teacher, it was during that time that I realised how much I loved to work with young children. Like language, a child learns music through listening, repetition and interaction. I find there is nothing more rewarding for a teacher to use fun and creative learning techniques to give the gift of language and music, two skills that can benefit the child through there entire lives.

After teaching for 6 years I decided to come to Belgium to further my skills, and I am currently finishing my Masters in Jazz in the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.

Maya BOVILL, animator (Music with Maya), guitarist

Maya Bovill

I have always loved being surrounded by children and have been working with them for nearly ten years. My working experience has taught me first-hand how music can bring a child’s day to life and give them confidence as well as pleasure. I engaged with music from a very young age and I clearly remember the encouragement of the tutors who nurtured my love of music. Following their example, I want to share the gift of music with our younger generations.

Born and raised in London, I was singing before I could talk and taught myself guitar in my early teens. I went on to study a music degree at Goldsmiths University. Currently, I am pursuing a career curating music classes for children and practicing as a composer and performer.

Tatiana MARCHAND, animateur (fêtes d’anniversaire, stages)

Tatiana MARCHAND Born in Ottignies, I grew up in a village (Perbais) before moving to Brussels in September 2017. In my school curriculum, I studied plastic arts, graphic art and audio-visual. After high school, I went abroad (Russia and Canada), then did a video training for a year. Currently, I study illustration at ERG, a high school of graphic research. But I also take painting classes, solfeggio and took drama lessons for 2 years.

I have always loved contact with children. Since I was 6 years old, I was part of the youth movement and then became a chef for 3 years for children between 6 and 12 years old. I also worked in a vacation plain, did a lot of babysittings during my high school years and occasionally take care of my brother’s three beautiful children.

At Bébé Maestro I am delighted to be able to combine art and contact with childhood. I find it very fulfilling to introduce children to music with benevolence, art and magic.

Ruslana SHKOLNIK, animator (Beaux-Arts)

Ruslana SHKOLNIK Children are my life. As a child, I knew that I would become a teacher.

I was born and grew up in a family of teachers, where I constantly listened about new methods of education and how to improve the quality of education. At the same time, I could not imagine my life without creativity. And I decided to combine both. Received a diploma of art teacher in Uman Pedagogical University (Ukraine). And I have been working with children for more than 20 years. Constantly looking for new opportunities. I participate in exhibitions, conduct master classes, improve my qualifications online and in the Academie des Beaux-Arts WSP.

I am the mother of two wonderful daughters (13 and 15 years old), with whom we experiment and try new techniques.

I am quite a happy person, because my hobby is my job. I do what I love.

Valentin JOUSSERAND, animator (birthday party), percussion

Valentin JOUSSERAND My name is Valentin and I am 25 years old. Currently, I am studying percussion at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel. My dream is to attain a career as a professional musician because I’m really passioned by orchestra and various ensemble in which I can always meet and work with new musicians, on different projects.

For almost 10 years I have been working as an animator, which is my second main activity. Indeed I’m used to work in different places, with different ages, as a seasonal job, in schools and social centres.

Clarissa ZARUK, animator (english), pianist

Clarissa ZARUK Born into a multicultural family, I was fortunate to have English and French as mother tongues. My gift and my natural passion for languages ​​led me to learn Dutch, Italian and music which is, for me, a universal language.

In 2011, I decided to start piano studies at the Institute of Music and Pedagogy of Namur (IMEP) where I am currently finishing my master.

As creativity is an important and integral part of my life, I decided to undertake writing and music theory studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (affiliated with the EHB) to complete my training.

8 years of experience teaching piano, English, musical awakening to children from 3 to 63 years old and to animate music courses taught me how to awaken the curiosity and the creativity of the children, to motivate the young people to learn and manage a group.

My vocation is to combine my passions for music, languages ​​and creativity in a pedagogy based on the joy, the listening and the perpetual wonderment of the child.

Petra KOPRIVEC, pianist

Petra KOPRIVEC Petra Koprivec is a young pianist known for her profound, sophisticated and delicate sound. The young artist is presenting herself as a solo pianist, chamber music player and as a soloist with established symphony orchestras such as National Radio and Television symphony orchestra of Slovenia and Danube Symphony orchestra in Budapest.

She started to play piano at the age of three. Since her early age, she is a prize winner of national piano competition TEMSIG (1998, 2001 and 2007) and winner of the scholarship from the municipality of Velenje for specially talented musicians from 2010 till 2014.

In 2010 Petra received “Prešernova” prize of Academy of music Ljubljana for her performance of Franz Liszt second piano concerto, which is one of the most respectable prizes of the state.
For a year she was studying at Franc Liszt Academy in Budapest in the class of Dr. Laszlo Baranyay and graduated with honours in 2013 studying with eminent pianist and professor Dubravka Tomšič – Srebotnjak. In last three years, she is a protégée of AS foundation and living in Brussels, where she has finished her Master studies at Royal Conservatoire with distinction, studying with world known professor Alexandar Madzar.

During her musical experiences, the love for music took her from classical waters also to other styles and genres where she collaborated with different projects and musicians. From etno group Terrafolk, symbolic orchestra, kaneo Quartet… to writing her own compositions, composing music for acting and dance performances and lately exploring a very new field – improvising music on stage.

Bébe Maestro ASBL

L’association “Bébé Maestro ASBL” créée en 2009 a pour but la sensibilisation du public, en particulier, des enfants, aux différentes expressions artistiques.

Elle poursuit la réalisation de son but par :

  • organisation des rencontres culturelles pour les enfants et leurs parents;
  • mise en place d’ateliers créatifs, de cours d’éveil musical;
  • organisation d’actions de sensibilisation et de promotion de créations artistiques.

Bébé Maestro aujourd’hui : BebeMaestro-Evolution-2017

  • 8 ans d’activité
  • Plus de 400 programmes différents
  • Plus de 5 000 participants à nos rencontres culturelles
  • Groupes hebdomadaires, plusieures jours par semaine
  • Plus de 40 musiciens, chanteurs d’opéra et artistes assurent la qualité des répertoires musicaux