AUSTA String Teacher Personal Details

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Simon Thielke

Leading classical guitarist and pedagogue utilising European methods. Lessons also possible in Spanish, German, Danish (and Norwegian/Swedish)

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Gyula Cseszko

With experience of teaching for over 20 years, I hold a Master’s degree at Melbourne University, and learned violin pedagogy from Lyndall Hendrickson. I enjoy the journey of learning, and seek students who have a genuine love of music.

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VIC
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Kirtley Walker-Halstead

International Concert Violinist Kirtley Leigh is Director and Violinist of the Australian Strings Academy, based in Cairns Queensland. Now taking bookings and enrollments for this prestigious Academy for 2021 following re-openings post-Coronavirus. Director of the Australian Strings Academy, violinist Kirtley has over 40 years’ International experience as both a performer and educator, gained from her roles as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, Orchestral Leader (Concertmaster) , Tutor, Masterclass presenter, Clinician, Lecturer and Adjudicator in appointments worldwide throughout her distinguished career. I have recently returned from a new position as Tutor at the prestigious King’s School here in Sydney, where I was…

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QLD
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Fiona McVicar

Fiona has been teaching violin, viola and traditional Irish fiddle for over 10 year on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. After studying violin, viola and piano during her school years at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, Fiona fell in love with the traditional fiddle styles of Ireland and Scotland and traveled and lived in Ireland for a number of years to immerse herself in the music. Fiona has a keen interest in classical string pedagogy and continues develop her professional teaching and performing skills. She is also a regular performer and currently plays traditional fiddle with a number of different groups in…

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NSW
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Fiona McVicar

Fiona is an experienced performer and teacher based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. She regularly performs with a number of traditional Irish, Scottish and folk bands and has taught for the Irish community in Sydney as well as at folk festivals over many years.

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NSW
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Khalida De Ridder

Khalida is a teacher, professional violinist and music researcher based in Melbourne. Originally from remote FNQ she began playing at the age of four, performing recitals throughout Australia, The Netherlands, Denmark and Spain. Awarded performance degrees from the Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen), Australian Institute of Music (Sydney) she has worked with professional orchestras such as the Arhus Symphony Orchestra (DK), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. As the violinist of Trio Cavallaro in 2020 released her debut album with Italy’s leading classical music label ‘Stradivarius Milano Dischi’. Khalida has studied most notably with Michael Malmgreen (DK)…

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VIC
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Michael Webb

I am a qualified instrumental music teacher having completed my Master of Music in Performance Teaching. I love teaching all levels of students on the violin and viola and am currently offering a discounted fee for online lessons during COVID-19. I can also offer a free 15min online meet and greet to see whether I fit the bill for what you are after. For further information visit https://michael-davey.wixsite.com/teaching

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VIC
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Michael O’Loghlin

I’m a former fulltime symphony orchestra player. I studied gamba in Vienna with José Vazquez, also attending masterclasses with Wieland Kuijken – it’s certainly my main instrument now! I’m the author of a scholarly book on the viola da gamba, now reprinted in paperback by Routledge.

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Michael O’Loghlin

After 30 years as a professional symphony orchestra musician and tertiary teacher, I’m now teaching privately. My former students occupy positions in three Australian symphony orchestras as well as a couple in Europe. I studied cello at Sydney Con, and bass in Vienna with Prof Auersperg. While I was in Vienna I also studied viola da gamba with José Vazquez, and played in masterclasses with Wieland Kuijken. At the moment I’m offering discounted online lessons for $30!

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QLD
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Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich

Victoria Jacono took up the violin when she was six. Millions of notes later, it still evokes the same wonder. Victoria’s credentials — A-mus-A and L-Mus-A on violin, an A-Mus-A and L-Mus-A on viola and also a Bachelor of Music with honours, from the Australian Institute of Music — are matched by her passionate mastery of the strings that have formed the threads of her life. Along with numerous prizes from eisteddfods and competitions all around the country, Jacono is a past winner of the National Youth Concerto competition, the Wenkart Foundation Scholarship, the Marcus Edwards Violin prize, the Perry…

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NSW
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Kirtley Leigh Walker-Halstead

KIRTLEY LEIGH (WALKER-HALSTEAD) B.Mus (Hons) Perf,  Diploma Academia Internacional de Musica de Verano, Diploma, Vienna Meisterkurse fur Musik, Scholarship Certificate National prize-winner, National Federation of Music Clubs (USA). I am Kirtley Leigh (Walker-Halstead), a solo violinist, chamber music artist, recitalist, teacher and adjudicator. I have an international career spanning some 37 years. I am American born, dual National of Australia,and graduated BMus (Hons) from Indiana University Bloomington in 1983 as a student of the legendary violinist Josef Gingold. My past teachers have included pedagogues Dorothy DeLay and Josef Silverstein. I have had extensive coaching in Chamber Musi with the iconic Beaux Arts Trio as well…

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Mary Hippisley

Mary is a fun and flexible violinist who carries her enthusiasm for the violin into the studio. As well as teaching AMEB theory, she is an experienced choral singer and ensemble player. She has a well equipped home studio in the Western suburbs and is contactable via email and mobile to arrange a free trial lesson.

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Lachlan Dent

I hold a PhD (Music Performance) from Monash University, which I achieved by studying with a cellist in the New York Philharmonic. I also hold Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance from the University of Melbourne, as well as Licentiate Diplomas from the AMEB (LMusA) and ABRSM (LRSM). I am a fully accredited member of the Victorian Music Teachers Association, and also hold a Master of Teaching Degree. I have taught cello to beginners of all ages, and up to university level. I have taught cello at Monash University, Universiti Tecknologi MARA (Malaysia), the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho (Brazil),…

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VIC
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Oscar McDonald

Oscar is a violist for the West Australian Youth Orchestra and currently studying at WAAPA. Oscar offers flexible beginner violin and viola lessons, with in-house lesson options available. Reach out via email to ask about rates and lessons.

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WA
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Katherine Hopkins

Katherine is an accomplished musician with decades of teaching and performing experience here in Australia and overseas. She is a dedicated teacher who has taught at many prestigious schools in Melbourne and on the Gold Coast, as well as running a busy and successful private teaching studio. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities and she has guided numerous students through the AMEB syllabus and beyond. Katherine teaches from her home studio in Southport and she is a cello specialist at All Saints Anglican School on the Gold Coast.

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Liz Moss

I have completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the University of Western Australia and Honours in Classical performance at the University of Tasmania. In addition to my performance studies, I have completed a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education. I am currently working at a number of private schools including Methodist Ladies College, Swan Christian College, Newman College and Aquinas College. I am experienced in teaching students of a variety of ages and abilities (beginners to advanced). I teach from my studio in Wembley Downs or travel to surrounding suburbs (a travel fee may apply). To make enquires regarding lessons…

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Charlie McCarthy

Upskilling opportunity for string players in Hobart Originally from Ireland, Charlie McCarthy is a Hobart based violinist/fiddler who has performed with pit orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz combos, bluegrass and Irish bands as well as a session musician/soloist for movie soundtracks, audio recordings and everything in between. Currently he is Head of Strings at St Michael

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John Keene

I am currently the Associate Principal Double Bass of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO). I am passionate about music and teaching Double Bass to anyone of all ages and levels. I have a BMus (Studies) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, having studied under Alex Henery, Principal Double Bass Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO). I have played professionally with WASO as well as the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian, Adelaide, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. I was the SSO fellow in 2015 and 2016 and the Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist in 2017. I was also Associate Principal Double Bass in the…

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