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Dr. Robin Wilson: Fundamentals of Bowing: Resonance and Movement

Presented by AUSTA WA via ZOOM: Sunday July 4, 1pm AWST; 2.30 pm ACST, 3pm AEST


Sound is arguably the defining feature of string playing. A beautiful sound is reliant upon optimal resonance while skilful bow strokes create music character. This discussion will look at the physics of sound production and the physical movements needed to develop supple bow technique. I encourage participants to have instruments and bows at hand to try as we go! 

Biography: Dr Robin Wilson is an internationally regarded pedagogue and Head of Violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. A faculty member of the Keshet Eilon International String Mastercourse in Israel and the Valdres Festival in Norway he has also held appointments at the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland. Robin regularly gives masterclasses in Australasia, Asia, Israel, the UK and the USA and his students are major prize-winners of international competitions, hold principal positions and regularly perform as soloists with orchestras in Australia and overseas. In 2018 he received a National Award from the Australian String Teachers Association for outstanding services to the string community in Australia.

Robin has performed at leading venues and festivals throughout Australia, USA and the UK and has recorded solo and chamber music for Decca, ABC Classics, Vexations840 and VDE-Gallo. A member of Ironwood and the Australian Octet, he is a former leader of the ARCO Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as guest violinist with many leading Australian ensembles. Holding a PhD from the University of Sydney, Robin’s research into the historically informed performance of Brahms’s music was awarded the prestigious 2014 Geiringer Prize from the American Brahms Society and he has presented lectures and recitals at major international conferences and institutions including Stanford and Yale Universities, City University of New York, University of Colorado, Leeds University, Royal College of Music London and the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester.


Robin studied in Sydney with Alice Waten and Janet Davies and at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He plays on a violin made by the Gagliano family in Naples in 1784.



We are very thankful that this event could happen again in person, after our silence in 2020 due to Covid. Congratulations once again to Rennae van der Laan and a wonderful busy team of helpers from the AUSTA WA Committee who organised an event which continues to grow in popularity from year to year, with well over 200 string players in solos and chamber ensembles. It was very pleasing to see so many new students and teachers involved too, and meet in person string teachers from right across the metropolitan area. Margaret Gunson and Michael Goldschlager gave great insight and support as adjudicators and pianists Kathy Stanton and Stephanie Nicholls collaborated so well in supporting each student. Many thanks to Trinity College, D’Addario, WASO and Musica Viva for your support.

AUSTA WA Committee

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WA-based string businesses

Please use this list to support our local string businesses with varying services from renting to buying to repairing. This list is not in any particular order or an endorsement of the business by AUSTA WA, it is supplied purely to help students, parents and teachers. If you would like your local WA-based business listed here, please contact us. BUY: Crescendo Music, Andre Ozturk, Tempest Music, WA Music Innaloo, West Violins, Zenith Music RENT: Tempest Music (rent to buy), Twinkles Violin Rental, WA Music Innaloo

Recommended Minimum Teaching Rates 

The 2021 hourly minimum rate for private studio teacher individual lessons by WAMTA (the West Australian Music Teachers’ Association) is $90 for professionals, and $65 for students who teach.

Best wishes,
Helen Tuckey, President AUSTA WA.


AUSTA WA String Festival 2021 Schedule

Here are the programs for Sunday 13th June 2021 at Trinity College

Beethoven Room Adjudicator: Michael Goldschlager; Accompanist: Kathy Stanton

Beethoven Room 9:15am

Beethoven Room 10:15am

Beethoven Room 11:15am

Beethoven Room 12:15pm

Beethoven Room 2:00pm

Beethoven Room 3:00pm

Beethoven Room 4:00pm

Mozart Room Adjudicator: Margaret Gunson; Accompanist: Stephanie Nicholls

Mozart Room 9:00am

Mozart Room 10:00am

Mozart Room 11:00am

Mozart Room 12:00pm

Mozart Room 1:45pm

Mozart Room 2:45pm

Mozart Room 3:45pm

Mozart Room 4:15pm

AUSTA WA Facebook Group

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march 2021

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