Philippa PaigePhilippa Paige

Philippa Paige was a student of Robert Pikler at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and of Bela Katona and Eli Goren in London. She was also a participant in masterclasses with Igor Ozim, Sandor Vegh, Kato Havas, Edouard Melkus, Gerald Fishbach and Nannie Jamieson. She is a graduate in Music Performance from the University of Sydney and was awarded a Licentiate in Teaching by the Royal Academy of Music in London. Philippa has recently completed a Masters Degree in Music Education at The University of Sydney which included a detailed research study of many aspects of the training of string teachers in Australia.

Philippa has extensive experience as a performer having worked as a free-lance violinist in London for a number of years and as a member of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra in Spain. She has been a permanent member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 1986. Chamber music is also an interest and Philippa has been involved in the artistic planning and performances of the Kowmung Music Festival in Oberon NSW for a number of years. 

Philippa has combined her performance career with a range of activities in Music Education. She has held teaching positions in England, Spain and Australia and has had the opportunity to observe the teaching of a number of significant teachers including Dorothy Delay, Shirley Givens, Charles Avsharian, Coosje Wijzenbeek, Maria Vermes, Sinichi Suzuki, Geza Silvay and Sheila Nelson. Since 1985 she has been a member of the String Staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she lectures in violin and string pedagogy. She is in considerable demand as a teacher, presenter of string master classes and teacher training workshops and also as an adjudicator for eisteddfods. In her position as String Adviser to the AMEB in NSW she has collaborated in the writing of the AMEB Violin Syllabus and an interest in contemporary Australian music has led to collaborations with a number of Australia’s leading composers and to the editing and promotion of their works. She received the 1999 Australian Music Centre Education Award for her publication, Australian Violin Music: Concert Pieces, for Currency Press.