Our experienced teaching artists tailor their approach to the needs of every individual

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Christopher Bennett

Cello 

Co-Founder 

Christopher holds an Honours degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. His principal teachers have been Georg Pedersen, Julian Smiles, and Hans Jorgen Jensen.

 

Christopher has a decade of teaching experience and has worked for many public and private schools in both Australia and the USA. As a Graduate Assistant, Christopher taught lessons at Northwestern University in Chicago during his Master’s Study. In 2017 he was teaching assistant to Prof. Hans Jorgen Jensen, as well as an assistant chamber music coach, at the Meadowmount School of Music in New York. He has worked as an orchestral tutor at the Arts Unit of NSW, and in 2014 his quartet was quartet-in-residence at the Scots College for the Credo Festival where he coached several chamber groups. Christopher has done study in the Orff Schulwerk method of music education, and incorporates aspects of his in his teaching of younger students.

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Rachel Carter 

Piano

Co-Founder 

Rachel started piano at age 4 and spent her formative years in high school studying with Lyn Brown. After placing first in her year in HSC Music 2 at St Andrew’s Cathedral school she went on to study with Joshua Tsai at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, receiving her Bachelor’s of Music Education Degree in 2009.

Rachel has 11 years teaching experience, both at the piano and inside a classroom. She ran a successful music studio out of her home in Balmain, as well as teaching at some of Sydney’s top private and selective schools including St Andrew’s, Ascham, and Hornsby Girls, before moving to London in 2015. Rachel worked in several schools during her time in London teaching in the classroom, teaching piano privately preparing students for ABRSM and Trinity exams, conducting various ensembles and choirs, and running early childhood music classes at local preschools.

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Daniel Cortes

Violin

Viola 

Daniel is an accomplished performer, arranger, and teacher. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Nicole Divall, Jeremy Williams, and Rainer Schmidt, and now maintains a consummate freelance career. He regularly performs in a variety of venues, from concert halls with chamber ensembles and orchestras, to opening night acts at esteemed festivals such as Vivid and the Melbourne Festival. 

Daniel has over ten years’ experience as a teacher of both the Violin and the Viola. He has taught individuals, groups, and small ensembles at various schools throughout Sydney including Scots College, the Shore School, and the Emanuel School. He currently maintains a private studio in Kensington. 

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Grace Thorpe

Violin

Piano

Grace began violin lessons at age 8 with Barbara Hayward in Sydney. After moving to Hobart in 2012, she continued violin lessons with Jo St Leon, and most recently with Christopher Kimber. Grace is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Music (Performance) in Violin at the Sydney Conservatorium, studying under Alice Waten. Grace has also been learning piano since age 5, most recently studying under Jennifer Marten-Smith. She successfully completed her AMusA in Piano in 2015, and was awarded a High Distinction in her Violin AMusA in 2017. Grace regularly performs in a range of ensembles and orchestras, including the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp. She also held the position of concertmaster in the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra in 2018.

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Tania Ma

Violin

Piano

Tania Ma has been teaching violin and piano for five years in Sydney, both privately and at various music schools. She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied violin and was also awarded her AMusA for piano in 2016.  Tania is a very experienced performer and regularly performs as part of various ensembles within Sydney and internationally. In 2014, Tania was selected to perform as solo violinist at the Sydney Opera House for the Festival of Instrumental Music.

As a teacher, Tania aims to adapt teaching styles and methods to match the needs of each individual student all while ensuring the long-term goal of musical fulfilment and lifelong enjoyment is achieved. She believes that instrumental learning involves the training of both physical and mental functions to enable students to achieve their musical goals. Therefore, she incorporates the development of musical skills such as aural, note reading ability, musical theory alongside the learning of physical technical aspects of the instrument into each lesson, which will ultimately allow the student to become independent musicians of their own. 

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Harrison Werlemann-Godfrey

Cello

Harrison is a highly active cellist and music educator in Sydney. He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) and an Honours degree in historical performance. Currently, Harrison is undertaking a Master of Philosophy in Performance Studies at the University of Sydney, conducting research on cultures of musical performance. In 2010-11 he undertook studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, The Netherlands. In Sydney, he studied cello with Thomas Tsai and Daniel Yeadon. Harrison has ten years experience teaching cello both privately and at various schools around Sydney. 

 

Harrison has experience performing and touring with many ensembles in a range of different styles from classical to folk to experimental. Past engagements include the Uzunstein Chamber Orchestra 2011-2017, Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra (2010-11), Early Music Ensemble (Principal) (2010-13), Ironwood (2010-11), Sydney Chamber Music Festival (2008), Palace Gate Orchestra (2010-11), Sydney Unorchestra (with Michael Nyman) (2011), Sydney Symphonia (2012), Conservatorium Postgraduate Conductors Orchestra (2011-12), Sydney Youth Orchestra (2002-3) North Sydney Symphony Orchestra (2012-15).

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George Wills

Classical Guitar

Classical guitarist George Wills holds a Bachelor of Music with 1st Class Honours from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music. In 2016 George was awarded 1st Prize in the New Zealand Classical Guitar Competition, and the ‘New Zealand Aspiring Guitarist Award’ for the Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School. During his time at the NZSM George studied under Dr. Jane Curry and Professor Matthew Marshall. George currently specialises in Baroque Guitar and early plucked string instruments at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is completing a Master of Music (Research) Degree under the guidance of Dr. Neal Peres Da Costa and Tommie Andersson.

Alongside his work as a soloist George is an active chamber musician. Working with guitarist Jake Church as part of Duo Kitā the pair toured New Zealand in both 2015 and 2016 with funding from the Freemasons Hinemoa-Kairangi Benevolent Trust and Lankhuyzen/Whetu-Kairangi Trust. Duo Kitā were also finalists in the Pettman/Royal Overseas League Chamber Competition in 2015.