Aust Violin Pedagogy Conf




Norwegian violinist Ole Böhn pursues an extensive career as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.

Since his debut in 1969, Ole Böhn has performed regularly with orchestras in Europe, the U.S.A. and South America. In 1983 he toured the People’s Republic of China. He has collaborated with conductors such as Moshe Atzmon, Herbert Blomstedt, James Conlon, Lukas Foss, Heinz Fricke, Michael Giehlen, Imre Pallo, Marek Janowski, Franz Welser-Möst, and Oliver Knussen.

Ole Böhn’s repertoire ranges from the baroque up until the present day. In 1990 Ole Böhn gave the world premiere of Elliott Carter’s violin concerto with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Besides Elliott Carter, composers like Niels Viggo Bentzon, Noel Lee, Ib Nørholm, Pascal Dusapin, Saed Haddad and Arne Nordheim have written for him.

As a chamber musician Ole Böhn was for 12 years a member of the Trio du Nord which in 1975 won the UNESCO competition in Bratislava. From 1997 – 2001 he was first violinist of the Leonardo Quartet and first violinist and founding member of the Vigeland Quartet from 2004 – 2008.

As a teacher Ole Böhn is widely recognised. In March 2009 Ole Böhn joined the faculty of the Sydney Conservatory of Music. He has taught at the Royal Danish Conservatory and at the Conservatory of Music in Oslo. He has given classes at the Eastman School of Music, The Norwegian State Academy of Music, the Gedai Institute in Tokyo and the University of Northern Illinois. He has for several years taught at the Officina da Musica de Curitiba in Brazil during their summer courses and has been teaching every year at the Pro Musica and the Cinves Festival in Juiz de Fora, Brazil.In 2014 Ole Böhn was invited for the first time to the famous FEMUSC festival in Brazil. Ole Böhn has also acted as member of the jury in national and international competitions such as the Sparre Olsen Competition in Norway, The Grieg Society’s International Competition for Composition, the Concert Artist Guild Competition in New York, the Canadian Music Competition, Concurso Paulo Bosisio in Brazil, The Kendall violin competition in Australia and the London International String Quartet Competition.

Ole Böhn has studied under Louise Behrend at the Juilliard School of Music, with Ernst Glaser in Oslo, Henry Holst at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, and with Max Rostal at the Statliche Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.

Ole Böhn is the Concertmaster Emeritus of the Norwegian National Opera and has been concertmaster for the Copenhagen Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatro del Fenice in Venice, Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, the Residentie Orchestra in Den Haag, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, The Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn and the Hamburg State Opera.

Ole Böhn uses a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1766 and a Domenic Pecatte bow which were acquired for his use by Nordea Bank of Norway.


Lorraine is a multi talented instrumentalist and educator who loves finding new and exciting ways for students to learn the violin.

Along her musical journey and exposure to the various educational methods including Kodaly, Suzuki, Orff, Dalcroze and Alexander Technique, Lorraine has found that she can integrate these various methods into her own teaching technique for the benefit of her students.
Lorraine is currently a full time music tutor and also co-ordinates instrumental programmes and runs string ensembles for some of Sydney’s most celebrated schools. Lorraine is also a council member on the Music Teacher’s Association, MTA NSW and a committee member on Australian Strings Association, AUSTA NSW.

Lorraine’s passion for music and education is shown in her STRINGSTASTIC book series which will inspire young platers to excel and develop to their full potential.


Caron Chan is the Assistant Chief Strings Examiner for the AMEB (NSW) and a Casual Lecturer in Violin at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Caron has studied violin pedagogy at Jacobs School of Music in Indiana and been a participant in the Starling DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School in New York.

Caron delivers professional development seminars for string teachers at the Sydney String Centre and at Sydney’s leading independent schools. Her students have been prizewinners in the Sydney Eisteddfod and finalists in the Ku-ring-gai Concerto Competition. They are also members of the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra Academy and have been featured in Fine Music FM’s Young Performers Live Broadcast series. Formerly a 1st violinist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, she currently performs with the Opera Australia Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.


Carol Chen is currently the Director of the Zhang Violin Institute, working with Professor Peter Zhang in promoting his multimedia violin teaching method. She leads a team in assisting with the recording, editing and publishing of the video tutorials, as well as promoting the Zhang violin teaching method. She is instrumental in introducing the publication of Professor Zhang’s Progressive Graded Violin repertoires and etudes to Australia. She has also organised an international Zhang Violin Pedagogue Conference and various violin competition events.
As a parent of a child learning the violin, Carol has experienced the tremendous benefits the Zhang multimedia violin teaching method in assisting young violinists in their violin learning journey. This has led to her desire in promoting this method, so that more violin students are able to benefit from it. The Zhang Multimedia Violin Method website has teacher and student users from Australia, China, New Zealand, the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore and Germany, etc.
Apart from working for the Zhang Violin Institute, Carol is also an IT project manager, having worked with ICAN Solutions for more than a decade. She has extensive technical background and online marketing experience.


Susan has appeared numerous times in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Sunday Live series. She has recorded many times for radio, and has performed as soloist and recitalist throughout Australia, the USA and Europe.

Susan recorded Raymond Hanson Violin Music (Tall Poppies) with David Miller, having completed reconstructive editions of the Hanson works, published by Reed Music.

Susan Collins (…) plays these extraordinary scores with a remarkable sureness of touch, following even the most unexpected shifts in phrasing and expressive direction with micro-fine precision. Her warm, rich sound works wonders in bringing this music alive, enhanced by a generous, medium-paced vibrato and sensitivity to dynamic shading.
Julian Haylock
The Strad, May 2009

Susan was appointed Deputy Concertmaster of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra at age 24. Since that time she has accepted engagements as Guest Concertmaster with many orchestras around Australia. In 2003 Susan was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal.

Susan is currently Head of Strings and Orchestral Music at the University of Tasmania.


Since completing a three-year Alexander Technique (AT) teacher-training course in 1985, Janet has specialised in the application of AT principles to musical performance, developing her own innovative method, The Resonant Body. Currently she conducts AT classes for the Sydney Symphony and Australian Opera & Ballet orchestras, as well as the Conservatorium High School.

As a professional violinist Janet was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and as a violin teacher at Sydney Conservatorium she has been active in many roles. In private practice she teaches violin students of all ages and works with professional players on concert and audition preparation, technique modification and injury rehabilitation. Her students have had numerous successes nationally and internationally.

Janet’s research activities include an investigation into risk factors for musicians' musculoskeletal injuries (2002) and a Churchill Fellowship to work with leading international AT and violin teachers (2009). In 2011, as consultant to Sydney University’s Sound Practice Posture Trial, she designed a curriculum in AT specifically for players in Australia’s major orchestras.


Loreta Fin studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and was a first violinist with the Sydney Youth Orchestra. She has since performed regularly in chamber music and orchestral concerts and has been the Principal Viola player with the Qld Pops Orchestra for over 25 years. During this time, Loreta has worked with some of the world’s most renowned artists and entertainers. She has held the position of Director of Strings and Instrumental Music at Somerville House School in Brisbane, since 1993.

An experienced educator and adjudicator, Loreta has presented at several Australian National Music Conferences, as well as two American National String Teachers' Conferences. She has adjudicated at major events and competitions all around Australia and has composed over 100 works for String Orchestra, which have been published worldwide. Loreta has been a committee member of the Australian Strings Association for over 25 years, serving as both State and National President during that time. She received a Qld State Award for services to AUSTA in 2009. Loreta is an examiner with the Australian Music Examinations Board and has been on the Education Advisory Committee for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for over 10 years. In 2015, she accepted an invitation to conduct the State Honours Ensembles Program in Brisbane, followed by the Nth Qld State Honours Ensemble Program in Cairns in 2016. At the recent AUSTA National Conference, Loreta was honoured to receive the National Award for Services to Music and String Teaching in Australia.


Elizabeth Holowell is an eminent teacher of violin and viola, chamber music and string orchestra, with extensive experience at universities and music colleges in Australasia and Britain. She is currently on staff at the University of Auckland School of Music.

In the past 12 months several of her students have won Graduate Assistantships in Canada and the USA and large scholarships in the UK. Her graduates are to be found in major international orchestras. She was herself a student of Robert Pikler who was, in turn, taught by Hubay and by Thibaud. Elizabeth was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and played in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. She was the violinist in the Newcastle University Piano Trio with cellist, Susan Blake and pianist, David Jones. In recent years she has given recitals across Britain, USA and Australasia, bringing new Australiasian works into the repertory. She has recorded much of this repertoire with pianist, Dean Sky-Lucas, on several CDs for the Atoll CD label.

Elizabeth has particular expertise in teaching to avoid and to address injury, and is a trained teacher of the Alexander Technique. Elizabeth was granted an Order of Australia Medal for services to violin performance and teaching.


Malaysian-born violinist, Sheau-Fang Low, holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Performance and Pedagogy from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney; studying under Shi-Xiang Zhang, Alice Waten, Charmain Gadd and Semyon Kobets. Her influence in string pedagogy is broad and varied having studied various pedagogical approaches from notable teachers such as Janet Davies (Alexander Technique); Géza Szilvay (Colourstrings); Sandra Nash and Karin Greenhead (Dalcroze Eurhythmics).

She has also pursued training and obtained certifications in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Suzuki Talent Education. Her passionate interest in violin pedagogy is reflected in the topic of her Master degree research thesis. She has given presentations on this subject in various workshops and conferences.

Sheau-Fang is currently a violin pedagogue at Barker College (Hornsby, NSW) and an AMEB (NSW) string examiner for the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB). She has taught violin at her private studio for more than twenty years, with students ranging from pre- schoolers to
university-age students. A sought after teacher for her ability to adapt her teaching to suit the various learning styles of her students; many of her students have been successful in various music performance examinations, auditions and competitions.

She has served as committee member for the Australian Strings Association (AUSTA NSW) and the Dalcroze Australia Society. She is also one of the founding committee members of the Australian Strings Academy (ASA) and is currently the Director of the ASA Junior Summer School. She has been
active in violin performance, being a long standing member with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.


Amy Radford is a peak performance coach based in Sydney. She works with performers of all ages and levels of experience, including musicians, actors and dancers as well as corporate, public speakers and students preparing for exams, to help them reach their optimal state and perform at their peak at all times. An experienced opera singer herself, she studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London and has sung at many world class venues, including Glyndebourne and The Sydney Opera House. She has a first class honours degree in Psychology and is passionate about translating the latest research from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies for both peak performance and career satisfaction.

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Goetz Richter is a violinist, teacher and thinker with a dual background in music and philosophy. He is currently Associate Professor at the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music where he co-ordinates performance studies for violinists. Previous positions include a fifteen-year tenure as Associate Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (1987-2002) and early career positions as Associate Principal Violin II with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1986-87) and Concertmaster of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra (1985-1986).

As a violinist Richter has appeared as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. He has given concerto performances with Australian Orchestras and has been a leader and guest leader of a number of Australian Orchestras. Chamber music collaborations include performances with Herrmann Baumann, Gerard Fauth, Bernhard Greenhouse and others. With pianist Jeanell Carrigan he has a long standing duo partnership that has included recital performances throughout Australia and in Europe, appearance for Musica Viva and broadcasts for the ABC. As an orchestral musician, principal and leader Richter has worked with eminent conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Jaervi, Yuri Temirkanov, Edo de Waart, David Zinman, Mariss Jansons, Vladimir Ashkenazy and many others.


Elizabeth Sellars is Co-ordinator of Strings and Lecturer in Violin at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, Australia. Following undergraduate and graduate study at the Guildhall School of Music in London, Elizabeth has recently completed a PhD at Monash University, researching the performance of violin works by George Frederick Pinto. Her practice-based research interests also include the performance of English, French and Australian compositions; she has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts in commissioning new works by Australian composers.

Elizabeth’s performances have been published by Move, Naxos, ABC Classics, Toccata Classics and Tzadik. Her CD The Messiaen Nexus (Move 2014), which features the world premiere recording of George Benjamin’s violin and piano sonata, won the 2014 Limelight chamber music recording of the year. Her most recent CD, also with Fujimura, contributes the first complete recording of Pinto’s piano and violin sonatas (Toccata Classics 2016). Elizabeth is a founding member of Sutherland Trio with Molly Kadarauch and Caroline Almonte.


Russian born violinist Evgeny Sorkin has been in demand as performer from a very early age. At the age of 10 Isaac Stern has chosen Evgeny to perform a concert tour of the USA including performance at the Department of State in Washington. At 16 after hearing Evgeny perform, Sir Yehudi Menuhin likened his playing to that of young David Oistrakh.

Evgeny has attended the Moscow State Conservatorium receiving a cum laude upon his graduation. After moving to Australia Evgeny studied with Alice Waten at the Australian National Academy of Music and at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he was the first person ever to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Sydney.

Evgeny Sorkin was a member of The International Holland Music Sessions from 2006. He toured over 15 countries as a soloist appearing in venues such as Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatorium. He is a prizewinner in international competitions including 1st prize at the 2002 6th Togliatti International Violin Competition, and 2nd Prize at the 2003 18th Caltanissetta International Chamber Music Competition, and Prizes in Taneyev International Competition and Gisborne International Music Competition.

From 2006 Evgeny began teaching violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. In 2009 he became a staff member at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and balances his teaching with a busy recital schedule. Most notable is Evgeny’s performance of the complete Beethoven sonata cycle with the renowned Dutch-Australian pianist Gerard Willems.


Regarded as a foremost pedagogue in Australasia, Dr Robin Wilson is Head of Violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, and also teaches in the Open Academy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Previous appointments include Lecturer in Violin and Pedagogy at the University of Sydney, the Australian Institute of Music and String Pedagogy Fellow at the University of Queensland. His students have won the major Australian national competitions, and are prize winners of international competitions, including the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. They have appeared as soloists with the major Australian orchestras and hold positions and perform with leading orchestras in Australia and overseas, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic. Former students currently study at leading institutions around the world such as the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School and the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ Berlin. Robin has given masterclasses throughout Australasia, Singapore, the UK and the USA and was recently a keynote speaker at the 2017 IRMTNZ National Conference in New Zealand.

Robin has released solo and chamber recordings on Decca, ABC Classics, Vexations840, Ode and VDE-Gallo. He performs widely a member of Ironwood Ensemble and the Australian Octet. His research on the historical performance of Brahms’s music was awarded the prestigious 2014 Geiringer Prize from the American Brahms Society and he has presented lectures at leading institutions around the world including Stanford and Yale Universities.

Robin studied with Alice Waten, Janet Davies and Beryl Kimber in Australia and James
Buswell at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.



Andrew Haveron has established himself as one of the most sought after violinists of his generation. With unrivalled versatility Andrew is a highly respected soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster.

In 1999 Andrew was appointed first violinist of the Brodsky Quartet. A busy schedule saw the quartet perform and broadcast in their unique style all over the world. He has also appeared with numerous other groups such as the Nash and Hebrides ensembles, Kathy Selby and the Omega Ensemble. Andrew is also in great demand as a concertmaster and director and has worked with all the major symphony orchestras in the UK and further afield. Most recently Andrew took up his new role as concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

This season Andrew will be appearing with orchestras in Singapore, Hong Kong and London and will also be touring with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In 2004 Andrew received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent for his services to music.

He plays on a G B Guadagnini violin from 1757; a generous loan to the Sydney Symphony orchestra.


Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned and sought-after classical pianists, awarded several prestigious prizes including first prize in the Keyboard division of the Royal Overseas League Competition (UK), Symphony Australia’s Young Performer of the Year Award, and the Legacy Award from the Creativity Foundation (USA). Also recipient of a Centenary of Federation Medal, Tedeschi has performed in major concert halls throughout Europe, North America and Asia, and for world leaders such as George W. Bush, Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama.
Acclaimed by respected critics and peers as “True greatness” (Sydney Morning Herald), Simon Tedeschi performed his first Mozart piano concerto in the Sydney Opera House at age nine. Based in the USA for several years courtesy of the American Australian Association and the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, in 2009 Tedeschi performed in Carnegie Hall, won the ‘New York Young Jewish Pianist Award’ and was featured in the Emerging Artist series held in the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Tedeschi has performed solo recitals throughout Europe, the USA and Asia, and as soloist with the Colorado, Fort Worth and Illinois Symphony Orchestras (USA), the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (NZ) and the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, under the baton of conductors such as Richard Bonynge, Alan Gilbert, Michael Halász, Jun Märkl, Sir William Southgate, and Patrick Thomas.

Based in Boston, USA for several years, Tedeschi regularly performs with orchestras around Australia and worldwide, in the 2017 season as soloist with Adelaide, Sydney and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras. Other recent highlights include tours to China and the UAE with ‘Meeting Mozart’, and this year, a new recording and national tour of Richard Strauss' Enoch Arden with esteemed theatre icon and founder of Bell Shakespeare, John Bell AO OBE, encompassing Sydney Opera House' Utzon Music Series, His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth, Adelaide Festival Centre, and Queensland Performing Arts Centre. He also performs at South Australia’s SALT festival, and several concerts and another recording for ABC Classics with SSO Principal violist Roger Benedict.
Tedeschi’s wide-ranging discography also includes Gershwin and Me, Gershwin: Take Two, and Tender Earth (ABC Classics), alongside his critically acclaimed recording for ABC Classics of Pictures at an Exhibition, and concerti by Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Mozart.

Simon is Artistic Patron of Fine Music 102.5FM, and Ambassador for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, Blue Mountains Concert Society, Sydney Eisteddfod and Ryde Eisteddfod. He is also proudly the inaugural SSO Piano Club Ambassador, and Australian Ambassador for the Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid piano.

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