Our goal at the Da Vinci Academy is to provide a professional and disciplined, yet fun and supportive atmosphere where students of all levels can succeed. At the academy, the aim is not only to teach “how” but to cultivate the “why,” forming a deep appreciation for art.
The academy has attracted professional educators with years of experience, who love what they do and share a common goal—to nurture and inspire excellence in each and every student. Students enrolled at the Da Vinci Academy not only learn from teachers that have “studied the arts” but from mentors who have “lived the arts”.
ARMAND SIMON (Piano, Film, Visual Arts)
As a pianist, he has performed in The Netherlands, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Venezuela, Colombia, Germany, USA and Belgium.
In 2004, he returned to Aruba and devoted himself to the education and guidance of young promising talents on the island. He created the successful concept “2classic4u?” (2005), established the Crescendo foundation in 2006 and has brought some of world’s greatest classical musicians to Aruba with the Aruba Piano Festival (2006-2011). Armand founded Da Vinci Academy in 2010. In 2012 he introduced the Young Actors Club, a unique training program for young actors.
He is also an avid filmmaker. His short films have won numerous international awards at festivals around the world.
NICOLE VAN EER – (Musical Theatre, Singing)
After her studies she performed in “The Phantom of the Opera”. From 1996 to 1998 she played the part of Maria in the musical “West Side Story”, both Joop van den Ende productions. After this intensive theatre period, Nicole switched her attention to the combination of opera and musical in recital form. In August 2001 she was a soloist at the Opera Festival in Valverde in Sicily, Italy, with arias from Puccini, Verdi, Bellini and Donizetti. In 2004, Nicole moved to Aruba, where she also performed for Her Majesty Queen Beatrix. She started teaching at Da Vinci Academy in 2010.
ANNA BURYAKOVA – (Dance)
She was a ballet teacher at Club di Movimiento and has been in charge of the dance department at Da Vinci Academy since 2010.