Teachers



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.

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Ariel is an experienced classical guitarist with a passion for music education. He completed his Bachelor of Music with first class honours at the Australian National University, studying under the guidance of Australia’s preeminent guitarist and pedagogue Timothy Kain.

Since graduating in 2011, he has collaborated with some of Australia’s leading musicians and has been invited to perform in concerts and music festivals across Australia and abroad including the Canberra International Music Festival, Newcastle Music Festival, and the Glebe Music Festival. He has also made several live radio performances. Ariel’s album of guitar duets entitled Alchemy was released on ABC Classic and reached number two on the ARIA classical music charts, and was recently nominated for an AIR award in the category of Best Independent Classical Album in 2021.

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Braxton is a dedicated and passionate Suzuki method cello teacher, he maintains teaching studios in both Sydney and Brisbane

He is a wonderful musician who is active as a freelance performer and is a positive caring teacher who provides expert tuition with a well rounded approach that enables his students to enjoy and respect the learning experience.

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Cecilia is a piano and flute teacher with 10 years of private and classroom teaching experience. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) and Music Education at the University of New South Wales and a Diploma in Kodály Concept of Music Education with Piano Pedagogy Specialisation and Musicianship from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét in Hungary.

Cecilia is committed to helping her many students improve their musical skills, play their instrument with a clear understanding of music and perform on a regular basis.

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Danna likes to help nurture a love of music for her students and achieve their unique musical potential and goals. With patience, encouragement, and a sensitivity to the individual needs of each student, she strives to provide students with a wholistic musical education by means of cultivating an understanding of the musical language, developing aural skills, performing etiquette, efficient practice techniques, and an awareness of mechanically efficient playing habits. It is her ultimate goal as an educator to provide students with the knowledge and tools that encourage independent thinking and learning, as well as the development of an individual artistic voice.

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A graduate of Master of Music (Performance) from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, Doris is a pianist, oboist and music teacher/lecturer with more than 25 years of teaching experience in different music schools and universities in New Zealand, Taiwan and Australia. She has performed as an oboist in various orchestras including Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and also as a solo pianist and an accompanist.

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Emilie is an enthusiastic young violin teacher who herself studied under the Suzuki Method, graduating level 12 in 2014. She studied Graphic Design at University, graduating in 2018 with Honours. She has since undertaken study in violin teaching, and will be gaining her Certificate III in Suzuki Talent Education (Violin) at the 2019 Suzuki Graduation Concert.

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A graduate of the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Ester has performed extensively as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. She has performed at the Sydney Opera House, and is a qualified teacher of the Suzuki method of learning piano.

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Winner of the New Zealand Classical Guitar Competition (2016), George Wills is a New Zealand born Classical Guitarist. He recently completed a Master of Music degree (Historical Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, with a special interest in the baroque guitar and theorbo. He also holds a Bachelor of Music with 1st Class Honours from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, during which time he studied under Dr. Jane Curry and Prof. Matthew Marshall.

George is a warm and passionate teacher with many years experience. He values the importance of music in daily life for all, and is dedicated to helping each student work towards their musical goals.

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Grace is a piano and violin teacher with 20 years of teaching experience both privately and at music schools. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of New England and both Licentiate and Associate Diplomas in piano. Her teachers have included Nada Brissenden, Yasuki Nakamura, Susanne Powell, and Jerard Heffernan.

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Jen is a passionate professional pianist and piano teacher with over 20 years of experience in performing and teaching piano in Taiwan, the United Kingdom and Australia. She completed her degrees in Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

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Originally from Beijing, Joanna is a classical-trained pianist and a qualified teacher of the Suzuki method. She completed her certificate of performance (Honours) and has performed extensively as a soloist and a piano accompanist.

She believes that every child should have the opportunity to experience music. Music is a wonderful method for the development of character and confidence while providing a way for a child to bond with family, friends and the community. As Dr. Suzuki says, "Where love is deep, much will be accomplished"

Joanna can offer Suzuki or Traditional piano method, Wednesday and Sunday. She is also available as an accompanist and can speak Mandarin.

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Josh grew up in a large musical family in Sydney's North Shore. He began playing clarinet at the age of 10, frequently attending the NSW Clarinet Society events and workshops as a child. He then studied classical clarinet at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has an interest in many musical genres. Since graduation he has explored an interest in the EWI (Electronic Wind Instruments) and improvisation.

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Junko Nishimura is a classically-trained pianist and an experienced and qualified exponent of the Suzuki Method for teaching piano. Trained in Tokyo and in Australia, Junko has been teaching and performing since childhood, and has been teaching the Suzuki Method for 15 years.

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Combining the traditions of the classical clarinet with innovative and creative repertoire and performance is a passion of Clarinetist Liam Samat. He believes that music challenges, inspires, and expands the imagination of both the performer and audience. Currently under the tutelage of Frank Celata at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Liam is studying a Master of Music Studies (Performance) degree. He formerly studied both clarinet and Eb Clarinet at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne, with David Griffiths, Philip Arkinstall, and Paul Champion, and was awarded his Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours) with First Class Honours. Liam has been awarded scholarships to study at both the Sydney Conservatorium, and previously the Melbourne Conservatorium, and was awarded his AmusA in Clarinet in 2018.

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Lily has been playing the cello for over thirteen years and is currently completing a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. For the past year she has been having regular mentoring sessions with Takao Mizushima as part of a Cert III in cello teacher training for Suzuki Music. She hopes to continue sharing her knowledge and passion of music with children and adults alike in her studio.


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Louise has been a professional performer for 20 years and is an accomplished vocal tutor of some 18 years; she has a wealth of knowledge and experience to pass onto her pupils from beginner vocal students right through to budding professionals.

Louise holds a strong belief and has experienced through her years of teaching that singing lessons can change lives. Louise is a contemporary vocal tutor, her styles include; Popular, Rock, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Soul, R n B, Blues, Funk, Pop/Classical crossover, Folk and Country.

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Mahoor first picked up a guitar 25 years ago and was immediately hooked.

Mahoor has studied Classical Guitar in his home city of Tehran and also in Australia, completing two Bachelor of Music degrees. Specialising in Classical and Flamenco guitar styles (where the strings are played with thumb and fingers, not a plectrum).

As an accomplished tutor and performer Mahoor can play a variety of forms of music and is often invited to play solo or guest appearances for a wide range of performances.

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Merryl is a professional South African flautist with over twelve years of teaching experience in various settings from private lessons, sectional rehearsal direction at youth orchestra festivals, ensemble direction at the primary school, high school and university level. She is an enthusiastic community music advocate with a passion for sharing a love of music with others.

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Riri (pronounced "Lili") Matsuyama , is a product of the advanced Suzuki Method and has completed the entire repertoire, including the Japanese extensions of the Suzuki Method, for Violin. She has been studying violin since she was aged 4.

Lili has come to Australia to experience teaching violin using the Suzuki Method, in English, so as to reach more students from more backgrounds than is possible in Japanese alone.

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Sam Zhan is currently pursuing a Masters of Music Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney. He has completed a Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) at the Sydney Conservatoirum under the tutelage of Daniel Herscovitch. As a classically trained pianist, he has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician. During his time at the Sydney Conservatorium, he has participated in masterclasses and worked with renowned international artists and pedagogues such as Helen Krizos, Thomas Hecht, Michael Endres and Ingo Dannhorn.

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