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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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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Eunice is a classically trained pianist, flautist, and violist/violinist with 15 years of private teaching experience.

With a familiarity in a variety of teaching methods as well as the AMEB system, Eunice is passionate about building trust with each student and creating a program to suit their individual needs and learning styles with the goal of sharing the joy of music!

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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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Helen Weaver is an experienced singer with extensive teaching and industry experience. Her styles range from classical through to pop and jazz.

She corrects, guides, develops, and strengthens voices and teaches correct breathing. She loves to coach performance stagecraft skills and can teach Music theory and Musicianship during lessons. She believes that having fun while learning is crucial to achieving success.

Availability: Monday and Wednesday and Sundays

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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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Kotone Hamataka is young teacher trainee who is currently completing the Suzuki Teacher Training Program on Violin under the guidance of Haruo Goto from the Suzuki Talent Education Association of Australia (NSW).

Kotone will complete her Certificate III in Suzuki Talent Education (Violin) in October 2023.

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

Louise has tutored a variety of students over the years from beginners of 5 years of age to adults. Louise has a genuine passion and drive as a performer and teacher. This enthusiasm shines through in her lessons with her students. They remain excited about attending their lessons and gain a considerable amount of skill and guidance quickly and efficiently whilst having a lot of fun on the way. Louise holds a strong belief and has experienced through her years of teaching that singing lessons can change lives.

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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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