Andrew Wilson is a highly regarded cello teacher based in Sydney with 22 years of teaching experience at a number of colleges, music academies, and private schools in Sydney and over 12 years of performance experience as a former orchestral musician in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra ('SSO') and Opera Australia Orchestra ('AOBO').
Andrew likes to build a rapport with his students and their parents, carefully assessing strengths and best learning styles of individual students in order to adjust teaching methods and planned progression of technical and artistic achievements for each student.
Andrew is a well known Sydney based musician working as a professional performer in the Australia wide orchestral and chamber music communities as well as a private music tutor in many colleges and schools. Andrew effectively teaches children using both Traditional and Suzuki methods and has worked with children of various ages and abilities from diverse cultural backgrounds. Andrew brings to his profession over twenty years of experience and especially enjoys mentoring young cellists with his positive rapport and excellent communication skills.
Performance and Teaching Experience
Andrew Wilson has had extensive experience as a professional performer; he has worked as a freelance orchestral player for the past twenty years in numerous national and international orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Andrew has been the successful recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes including RNCM Overseas Entrance Scholarship, The Queens Trust for Young Australians and as a composer the Goldern Eye Award for best Score as Composer/Performer of Score to “Ballad of the praying Mantis” Dir Naoki Tsukushi in 2001 notwithstanding many others.
Andrew has maintained a successful studio of private teaching practice working out of a number of colleges, music academies, and private schools. Andrew can teach both the AMEB syllabus system preparing students for examination and eisteddfods and is also delighted to nurture the younger students under the Suzuki Graduation System. Andrew is completing Certificate 11 of Suzuki Teacher Training at present with Takao Mizushima. Andrew’s teaching is informed by this long-term professional performance experience within orchestras and chamber music groups in a broad variety of genres. He likes to build a rapport with his students and their parents, carefully assessing strengths and best learning styles of individual students in order to adjust teaching methods and planned progression of technical and artistic achievements for each student.
Qualifications: PGRNCM (Violoncello), BSc(Geophysics), DipMus(Violoncello), LTCL(Performance), LMusA (Distinction Medal) AMusA (Distinction)
Andrew was educated at the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester UK, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Macquarie University. He has studied under renowned cello teachers such as Eduardo Vassallo, Julian smiles, Susan Blake, Zoltan Szabo, Georg Pederson and Denise Lawrence.
For the past 3 years, my son went through 3 different cello teachers and tried different teaching methods. Like many parents new to cello, it is confusing and frustrating at times to find the right teaching method to best suit our kids. This is particularly so as our needs and goals may change through time, which make it even harder to find a teacher that is well equipped enough to continue to adapt to our changing needs, while maintaining a high standard of teaching. This is exactly why Andrew is a rare find. He is very experienced and knowledgeable, but what’s most impressive is that he is qualified to teach both the Suzuki and the AMEB syllabus, which not many cello teachers are willing to do. He is easy to communicate with, open-minded and great with kids. We are very happy to have find him at LCMCC! J. Huang