Caron Chan completed her MMus at the Australian Institute of Music with Alice Waten. After completing a year's contract with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2004, she returned to Sydney where she is currently a
casual violinist with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Caron teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Institute of Music. In August of this year she attended the Mozarteum Summer Academy
in Salzburg where she had lessons with Prof. Yair Kless and Prof. Igor Ozim.
Janet Davies studied violin in Sydney with Robert Pikler and Dorel Tincu, and trained extensively in violin pedagogy with Alice Waten. As a professional violinist, she played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In 1986 she completed a three year teacher-training course in the Alexander Technique, and later traveled to New York, London and Amsterdam to observe violin teachers (Dorothy Delay, Felix Andrievsky, Coosje Wijzenbeek) and undertake post-graduate Alexander work. Currently she teaches violin and pedagogy at Sydney Conservatorium and also works privately with a wide range of student and professional musicians. A large number of her ex-students work as professional musicians and teachers in Australia and internationally.
Over the last two decades Janet has developed her own violin teaching method based on the philosophy of the Alexander Technique. Through this unique and innovative teaching method and her wealth of experience as a violin teacher, she is able to make the Alexander Technique accessible to violinists for immediate improvements in playing.
Julien Dupont studied violin in France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and more recently Australia with such distinguished artists and teachers as Matis Vaitsner, Adam Kornishewski, Keiko Wataya and Pavel Vernikov. As a violinist, Julien played in the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his frequent appearances as a chamber musician, orchestra leader and solo performer Julien maintains a keen interest in violin pedagogy and is currently completing a Masters of Pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium. His pedagogical research is focussed on instrumental curriculum and he has undertaken a comprehensive survey and extensive analysis of the violin study repertoire.
Elizabeth Holowell OAM
Elizabeth Holowell studied violin from an early age with the great Hungarian musician, Robert Pikler. She graduated Student Of The Year from the Sydney Conservatorium.
Elizabeth began her professional career as a foundation member of the ACO and has been a well-known recitalist for many years. She has also firmly established her reputation as a fine string teacher after many years as Head of Strings at University of Newcastle Conservatorium. Many of her graduates may be found in prominent positions in orchestras and teaching positions around the world.
Elizabeth has recently given a number of recitals in the UK with distinguished British pianist, Richard McMahon and has done much teaching for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales.
In recent years, Elizabeth has continued her study of performance and teaching with renowned teacher, David Takeno in London.
Elizabeth is currently senior lecturer and coordinator of string studies at the University of Auckland, NZ.
Philippa Paige began her musical studies in Sydney and was a scholarship student with Robert Pikler at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. On graduation from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Music in Performance she continued her studies with Bela Katona and Eli Goren in London. Philippa joined the Sydney Symphony as a permanent member of the violin section in 1986 after having worked for some years as a free-lance violinist with a number of the London orchestras and chamber ensembles and as a member of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra in Spain. Philippa combines her performance career with a range of activities in Music Education. She maintains a keen involvement in the Education Programme of the Sydney Symphony and she is a member of the String Staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she lectures in violin and instrumental pedagogy. She is also currently the String Adviser to the AMEB in NSW. She received the 1999 Australian Music Centre Education Award for her publication, Australian Violin Music, for Curreny Press.
Recognised as one of the finest string teachers in Australia and an active recitalist and soloist in concerts and broadcasts Australia wide. Formerly violinist in the much recorded Italian string ensemble I Solisti Veneti. Graduated from the University of Adelaide and winner of numerous awards, including a Churchill Fellowship, Patricia has studied with major international pedagogues including Peter Schidlof and Bruno Giuranna. Lectures in violin and viola. Research interests include Australian music for viola and Ensemble music of twentieth Century works. Currently a member of Perihelion and Associate Professor at the Queensland University Music Department.
Born in Hamburg, Germany Goetz studied with Helmut Heller (Hamburg), Gerhart Hetzel (Munich), Max Rostal (Berne) and advanced solo performance with Artur Grummiaux and Riccardo Odnopossoff. Appointments as Concertmaster with Queensland Theatre Orchestra (1985), A/Principal Melbourne Symphony (1986/87), Associate Concertmaster Sydney Symphony (1987-2002). Senior Lecturer for Violin and Chair of String Unit at the Sydney Conservatorium since 1997. Associate Professor for Strings since 2002. Performs regularly as chamber musician (Trio Novalis, Novalis Ensemble, Sydney Schubert Ensemble) throughout Australia and as recitalists with pianist Jeanell Carrigan, broadcasts for ABC FM. Artistic Director Kendall National Violin Competition, Sydney Schubert Society. Studies in philosophy at University of Sydney.
Violinist Michele Walsh is a graduate from the University of Adelaide, winner of the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition and former Concert Master of the Australian Youth Orchestra. Grants from the Australia Council and South Australian Arts Council enabled her to further her studies in the UK with the distinguished violinist Szymon Goldberg. She has appeared at Festivals throughout Europe, UK and the USA. Upon returning to Australia she was appointed Associate Concert Master of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, a position she held for a decade. Michele is currently Senior Lecturer and Head of the String Department at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. She has appeared as soloist with several Australian orchestras and is in demand as guest Concert Master throughout Australia. Michele is a founding member of the Griffith Trio who have made several successful international tours and is a frequent guest at chamber music festivals around the country.
Born and raised in Dunedin, New Zealand, Robin Wilson currently lectures in violin, chamber music and pedagogy at the Australian Institute of Music, where he also teaches in the Young AIMS programme and gives regular seminars on violin pedagogy in the new Professional Development Programme. Robin maintains a highly active performing career both here and in New Zealand. In 2006 his debut CD was released by Universal Music Australia on Decca. This recording was received with great acclaim, was selected as CD of the month on the entire MBS-FM network and featured in the top 10 on the NZ Classical Music Charts. He has given recitals through Australia and New Zealand, is broadcast frequently on 2MBS-FM, 3MBS-FM, 4MBS-FM and ABC Classic FM and New Zealand’s Concert FM and recently recorded his second solo disc, that is due for release in 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours and a Master of Music with Distinction in violin performance from the Institute studying under Ms Alice Waten and was also her assistant during 2003 and 2004. As part of his
Masters degree he completed a detailed thesis on the pedagogy of Dorothy Delay and Ivan Galamian. Robin has also studied on scholarship with Beryl Kimber at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide and James Buswell at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, USA.