"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I spent four years after graduating from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music as Assistant to Dr Jan Sedivka, one of Australia’s finest pedagogues. To learn with this great man was a privilege I am grateful for, and everything I learnt from him, I pass on to my students. He was a student of the great Otakar Sevcik and Max Rostal. What a lineage to follow.
My other teachers have included Beryl Kimber, who I studied with at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, and where I gained my Bachelor of Music Performance. She studied with David Oistrakh in Russia, who was a protégé of the famous Stolyarsky school.
The influences of these two very important teachers has been very important in my own teaching. I have also attended and performed at masterclasses with PInchas Zukerman, Zakhar Bron, Pierre Amoyal and others.
I also spent many years as a teacher at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide whilst I was working with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Keith Crellin, also a Sedivka student, was Head of Strings at the time, and a wonderful colleague to work with.
In Perth I have taught at both the University of WA and the WAAPA (WA Academy of Performing Arts).
My students have been successful in auditions for professional orchestras, have been selected for Australian Youth Orchestra programmes, including one student who was appointed Concertmaster, and have won prizes in AMEB programmes and Eisteddfods.
But my real love is my private studio. This is where I choose the curriculum, I make decisions about repertoire, I decide the pace of progress for each particular student. Each student is a world to be discovered, and the journey must never be rushed.