Tutors

Our tutors bring more than 150 years of combined experience in the music industry.

We’re proud of our dedicated, professional and highly experienced team of tutors teaching music production, led by Programme Director, Carlos Lellis. We handpick experts and professionals from the industry. They bring to the course a wide range of different skills and expertise, supporting the breadth of learning our students graduate with.

Alongside our core team of regular lecturers, we invite in specialists who have worked with musicians and artists of all genres from the likes of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Rihanna, Little Simz, Will.I.Am, Sia and Alicia Keys to Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Bonobo, De La Soul to London Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and many, many more.

Our team of industry experts and visiting lecturers include multiple Grammy, Mercury Music Prize and Oscar winners.


Carlos Lellis

Programme Director, Engineer and Author

Carlos Lellis is the Programme Director for our Advanced Diploma in Music Production & Sound Engineering in London. He oversees the running and delivery of the course as well as teaching across areas of the curriculum. Carlos was part of the small team to establish Abbey Road Institute, working closely with the Abbey Road Studios to design and create the course curriculum. He is highly experienced and brings a wealth of industry and education experience to the Institute. He has worked as an engineer, academic and is also a published author. He holds an MA in Creative Media and a diploma Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music.

Alongside working in education Carlos Lellis is an active engineer and producer, whose credits include artists such as The Navarra String Quartet, the BBC Elstree Concert Band, and Grammy Award winners Sir John Tavener and Thomas Dybdahl amongst many others. Prior to joining Abbey Road Institute Carlos taught audio for many years. Some of his past students include recipients of Oscar, Grammy and Mercury Music Prize Awards.

You can find out more about Carlos in this interview on our blog.

Jason O’Bryan

Lecturer, musician & music producer

Jason O’Bryan is a record producer and bassist from London. He was a member of the Dub Pistols for over a decade and recorded and toured extensively during this time. Some of his career highlights include work on the Grammy Award-nominated soundtrack of Alfonso Cuarón’s’ film ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ with the band Molotov. Other notable credits include; composing and engineering music for the ‘Blade 2’ soundtrack with Busta Rhymes. His music has also been used in promotional trailers for the Austin Powers movie ‘International Man of Mystery’ and was also featured in the Ben Stiller movies ‘Mystery Men’ and ‘Zoolander’.

As a remix engineer Jason has worked with a diverse range of artists including Scissor Sisters, Moby, Ian Brown, Natalie Imbruglia, Lily Allen, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Bush & Sly & Robbie, he has released output on various labels including Geffen, Def Jam, PWL and R&S.

Jason is a core member of the academic team and teaches subjects across the syllabus but specialises in Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton, Melodyne and iZotope. He is also a certified Pro Tools and Logic X instructor. 

Find out more about Jason O’Bryan in his interview on our blog.

Yannis Iliopoulos

Music Business Lecturer

Yannis Iliopoulos is our music business lecturer. His teaching covers all aspects of the music industry within our music business module.  He is the founder and Director of The Sound Of Everything Records and its publishing arm Timespace Music Publishing, which have successfully built up a catalogue of more than 300 releases so far. Yannis has a strong academic background, having studied Physics at Imperial College and Mathematics at King’s College.

Yannis brings with him a breadth of experience in the music industry and music business education with a strong background in entertainment law, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, and new business models. He has worked extensively as a strategist, mentor, and coach for creatives.

For more on Yannis read our interview with him. To read articles by Yannis follow him on LinkedIn.

Charlie Thomas

Lecturer & Engineer

Charlie Thomas cut his teeth as the in-house engineer at the Pink Floyd-owned Britannia Row Studios in West London. Starting as an intern, after a short course in sound engineering and audio technology, Charlie rose through the ranks to take over as chief in-house engineer and studio manager within 18 months. During his time at Brit Row, Charlie worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Pink Floyd, One Direction, London Grammar, Ella Henderson, Anna Calvi, Little Mix, 5SOS and more.
Since Brit Row’s retirement in 2016, Charlie has been working freelance, across various studios in London and further afield. They include Assault & Battery, Konk, Abbey Road, Livingston, Metropolis, Vale in Worcestershire and The Village Studios in LA.
Charlie is now a resident at The Kinks-owned studio, Konk, in North London, where he has a writing and production studio above the main Neve room. He is currently collaborating with artists such as Calum Scott, James Smith, James TW, Call Me Loop, Rothwell, The Beach and more.
Charlie teaches our audio engineering and acoustics modules in terms one and two, covering all of the different hardware we have including mixing consoles, microphones, outboard and more.

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The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.

Andrea Mastroiacovo, Graduate 2018

Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.

Lizzie Arnold, Graduate 2019

There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.

Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Killing Joke)

I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.

Luke Glazewski, Graduate 2019

The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.

Marta Di Nozzi, Graduate 2019

It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to Abbey Road Studios for classes is pretty amazing. There aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!

Jason O’Bryan, Lecturer

Come with an open mind and a voracious appetite to soak up the magic! Be prepared to work hard - you’ll get out what you put in.

Ian Ramage, Lecturer