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Virtuosi School of Music is a boutique music school offering superior instruction and performance opportunities for interested students of all ages, in the belief that everyone has the potential to participate in, enjoy, create, and develop a lasting love of music.

“I can only think of music as something inherent in every human being - a birthright. Music coordinates mind, body and spirit."

Yehudi Menuhin 

 

2021 TERM DATES

TERM 1

Wed 27 Jan - Thu 1 Apr

(10 weeks)

TERM 2

Mon 19 Apr - Sat 26 Jun

(10 weeks)

TERM 3

Mon 12 Jul - Sat 18 Sep

(10 weeks)

TERM 4

Tue 5 Oct - Sat 11 Dec

(10 weeks)

About Music Lessons at Virtuosi
ABOUT US
 

Established in 2005, we aim to be one of Australia’s premier resources for providing joyful music education experiences that promote artistic excellence. All of our programs are given in easily accessible, attractive and comfortable spaces that enable maximum musical enjoyment by both participants and teachers alike.

 

We offer students tuition in a large variety of disciplines – violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, voice, percussion and music theory. In addition to private lessons, students are given regular performance opportunities as well as the possibility to take part in our various ensemble programs.

OUR ADMIN TEAM

Tom Penn-Davies

Director

Tom is the founding director of Virtuosi. Aside from supervising the day to day running of the school, he also coordinates our ensemble programs, masterclasses and recitals. As the lead teacher, Tom works closely with all teaching staff to ensure each student recieves the highest level of tuition. 

Errisya Marliani

Student Administrator

Errisya has been involved with Virtuosi since its inception in 2005. Errisya is in charge of the school's administrative duties and, with her background in accounting, helps maintain the school's accounts. 

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Lessons at Virtuosi
LESSONS
 

Private lessons are the cornerstone of our educational offerings, and we welcome students of all ages, abilities and levels of experience. The School strongly believes that the right match of student and teacher is vital to a student’s progress, pleasure of learning and enjoyment of music.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE: Face to face lessons will resume on Monday 25 May. Online lessons will continue to be available via Skype or Zoom. Virtuosi is a COVID-Safe environment. To view our COVID-Safe Plan, please click here

WEEKLY LESSONS

Private instruction is the core of music education and weekly lessons are offered for adults, teenagers, and children aged 5 and older, at all levels. Weekly lessons require a commitment from the student as well as from the family. 

 

 

EXAMS

At Virtuosi, students can choose to participate in the AMEB examinations series. This helps motivate students by giving them a goal to work towards as well as a sense of accomplishment. The AMEB exists to provide a graded system of examinations in music, speech and drama, offered nationally and internationally, by providing quality syllabuses, educative services to our teachers, examiners and candidates, and quality publications to the highest editorial standard.  Students will be given the opportunity to partake in practical, theory, musicianship and music craft examinations.

 

 

CASUAL LESSONS

We realize that for some of our students (especially adults) committing to weekly lessons can be quite difficult. We therefore offer casual lessons packages so that lessons can be scheduled at a time that fits in with life’s busy schedule. Simply phone or e-mail us to make a booking when the time is right.

 

 

ENSEMBLES

At Virtuosi, we offer our advanced students the opportunity to take part in chamber music. Ensemble programs provide a special opportunity for students to socialize with one another via the language of music. Students flourish as they develop a camaraderie with their ensemble partners, a sense of responsibility to the group and pride in their accomplishments. Participants are placed with students who share a similar level of experience and ability.

DUO LESSSONS

Apart from private tuition, we are now offering duo lessons in guitar or voice. Duo lessons are offered to beginner students as a short term introduction to learning the basics. Our classes are designed for a parent and child, two siblings or two friends.

 

PERFORMANCES

Throughout the school year, all students will have the option to perform on stage at various performance venues throughout Brisbane. This is where students, parents and teachers share and celebrate all their hard work and success!

 

In addition to our student recitals, some of our more advanced students will be invited by their teachers to compete in various eisteddfods and competitions held in Brisbane throughout the year.

Music Teachers at Virtuosi
OUR TEACHERS
 

At Virtuosi, we pride ourselves on our faculty's depth of study and professional experience. Our teachers have all studied music at a tertiary level with many achieving post graduate qualifications. Faculty members regularly perform at professional engagements and several have competed in competitions at a national and international level.

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Rafael Abraham

Cello

Born and raised in the rural town of Gladstone in Central Queensland, performer and artist Rafael Abraham grew up surrounded by the music his sister played on the piano. After years of travelling three hours every week for lessons on the cello as a child, he graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with a Bachelor of Music in performance in the spring of 2017. Rafael was been involved in many concerts during his time studying his degree, including Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Elgar’s First Symphony with esteemed conductors Natalia Rospopova and Tze Law Chan respectively. Rafael has worked with and learned from many prominent cellists throughout his years, such as Anne Svendsen, Mei-Lee Stocker, and Meta Weiss.  Rafael works closely with many local composers, and in his spare time plays music at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s hospital as a part of the Stairwell Project.

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Mika Atkinson

Clarinet & Saxophone

Mika is a woodwind specialist, currently undertaking her fourth and final year at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. During her studies at university, she began doubling on clarinet and flute in ensembles such as the Conservatorium Big Band, the Con Artists Big Band and the Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band. She has 12 years of experience in playing the saxophone and currently performs music across various genres including pop, funk, blues and jazz with a number of small groups. Mika has a strong classical background, since completing her Certificate of Performance in 2017 as well as her AMusA in 2018. With experience in teaching the AMEB syllabus, Mika loves to share her passion by teaching and connecting with students along their music journey.

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Gloria Cham

Piano

Gloria holds both Bachelors of Music and Education from the University of Queensland where she was awarded scholarships by the Faculty of Arts and School of Music. After spending a year working in education overseas, Gloria has recently returned to Brisbane is currently working towards her Master or Music. She has extensive experience teaching piano to students of all ages and levels and and has held positions at several primary and secondary schools throughout Brisbane.

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Hannah Day

Piano & Flute

 Hannah started learning the piano at the young age of three, and by four was having private lessons at the QLD Young Conservatorium. She has since completed the AMEB syllabus in piano in high school, and has gone on to finish her Bachelor of Music in 2013. She has been teaching piano, flute and music theory at various music studios since graduating and also plays bassoon. She is the resident pianist at The Courthouse Restaurant and regularly accompanies instrumental exams and performances. 

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Jacob Egan

Guitar

Jacob is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Muisc where he is majoring in Jazz Performance. From taking up the guitar at the age of 10, Jacob has studied, practiced, and tought a range of different guitar styles including Jazz, Blues, Rock, Metal, Contemporary, and Classical. In 2016 jacob completed his grade 8 plectrum guitar exam with Trinity College, and has 2 years of experience teaching both the AMEB and Trinity syllabus. Originally from Coffs Harbour, Jacob has played in many different musicals in Coffs Harbour, Sydney, and Brisbane. The most notable performances include Shrek the Musical, and Wicked. He has also played in numerous Big Bands and smaller Jazz Ensembles, and currently gigs regularly around Brisbane with the Jazz Trio, Pocket-Sized. Jacob is also a member of a Guitar Quartet called Shred Collective where they play arrangements from Classical and Contemporary genres. Jacob is inspired to share his exsensive knowlede of the guitar, and music theory, and is passionate about teaching all genres of music.

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Elena James

Violin & Viola

Hailing from Townsville, North Queensland, Elena has had many years of orchestral and soloistic experience, notably with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Australian Vocal and Concerto Competition, and the Barrier Reef Orchestra. She currently studies a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland, having previously studied two years of Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts, under the tutelage of renowned violinist, Adam Chalabi. Elena previously held the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Principal Second of Pulse Chamber Orchestra; received the prestigious Paula and Tony Kinnane Music Scholarship; attained her A.MUS.A at the age of 15; and has attended various Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camps, playing as a first violinist. Elena is currently playing first violin with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Chloe Hasson

Guitar & Piano

lassical Guitarist and educator, Chloe Hasson, is on a pursuit of passion. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Music: Performance at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) under the guidance of Karin Schaupp. In 2017 she was granted the Audition Bursary at QCGU, along with the Townsville Business Women’s Circle, Women’s Education Bursary.  Conveying values that strongly aligned with the Bursary Sponsor, Lisa Leonardi, Chloe achieved great success that was to assist her in beginning her musical endeavours in Brisbane.  A member of several reputable guitar ensembles, including Riverside Guitar Ensemble, she has had the opportunity to travel and work alongside renowned artists.  In 2018, she had the privilege of playing at Adelaide Guitar Festival.  She has worked with distinguished guitarists including Christian Dozza, Richard Charlton, and Marrian Schapp.  Chloe enjoys the simplicity of nature and derives many of her experiences into her musical expression whilst performing. 

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Kieran Kuskopf

Drums & Percussion

 Kieran Kuskopf is a drummer/percussionist currently living and working in the Brisbane music scene. Originally from North Queensland, he has moved around Australia, collecting a wide range of influences in the process. While drumming with the Brisbane based band, The Counterfeit Umbrellas, he has had the pleasure of supporting such acts as, Ash Grunewald, Busby Maru and Gangagang. In the same group he has performed in the Caxton Street Festival, Caloundra Music Festival and on the Story Bridge for its 75th anniversary.While studying at JMC academy, Kieran Kuskopf had the opportunity to expand his musical knowledge, taking notable influences from musical cultures such as Macedonian folk, Australian indigenous and Latin American. As a drummer he takes inspiration from such performers as Buddy Rich, Benny Greb and Stanton Moore.

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Isabel Matthews

Voice & Piano

 Aspiring young performer, and recipient of the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship, Isabel is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Music in classical voice at the Queensland Conservatorium. After being thrown into choir in year 2 Isabel came to realise her love of music was something that was going to become a major driving force throughout her life. 
While singing with the Voices of Birralee, Isabel has had the pleasure of singing at QPAC with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Opera Queensland and has represented Australia at the Anzac Day Ceremony in Villers-Bretonneux, France. Additionally, while in school She had the fantastic opportunity to perform with Creative Generation State Schools on Stage as a featured and backing vocalist. She has a deep passion for not only passing on her love of music to students of all ages but also works on volunteering projects to provide students from low socioeconomic areas with access to a music education. Outside of music Isabel loves traveling, animals and continuing to grow her collection of house plants. 

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Alexandra Mison

Piano

 Originally from Lismore, Alexandra moved to Brisbane in 2018 to commence her studies at the University of Queensland, where she is undertaking a Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Science dual degree. In 2015, she completed her Certificate of Performance for piano and in 2019 she completed her AMusA. Alex has studied piano under the tutelage of Dr. Anna Grinberg and Mr. Max Olding, and is currently studying composition. She is also a member of the UQ Chorale.

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Felicity Mohr

Cello & Piano

 Felicity Mohr graduated from the University of Queensland in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) majoring in composition under Dr. Robert Davidson, having studied cello performance for her first two years of university. At UQ she was awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence and a Dean’s Scholar Award. She has studied cello and piano since age eight and studied harpsichord extensively. Her cello teachers include David Lale, Matthew Kinmont and Patrick Murphy. She achieved her AMusA (cello) in 2014 and is currently studying for her AMusA (piano). Felicity is an active orchestral and chamber musician and has played cello, oboe and cor anglais in various Queensland Youth Orchestra groups for ten years with 2020 being her seventh year playing cello in Queensland Youth Symphony. She was Associate Principal cellist in the UQ Symphony Orchestra and will continue playing with them as an alumnus. She has three years’ experience teaching students from age 4 to 75. Felicity’s especial interests are music theory, aural skills, musicology and music technology. She spends all her spare time composing electronic music and chamber music.

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Nhu Nguyen

Piano & Voice

 Queensland Conservatorium, bachelor of music candidate Nhu Nguyen, grew interest in the piano after an introduction to the instrument at age 3. Realising her passion for stage performance, she has since been further developing her skills to master the craft. Nhu’s keen interest is guided by Senior Lecturer Oleg Stepanov, winner of First and Gran prize at the distinguished international piano competition Music de chamber in Italy, continuing as a director of the Lev Vlassenko piano competition in Australia. She undertakes solo performance, instrumental accompaniment as well as chamber music as performance interests. Highly valuing the education and continuous development of music creativity, she has an enthusiastic approach to the tutelage of music. Nhu verses students of all age ranges, with ideal objectives to nurture their interest in music.  Nhu also has a passion for singing and has partaken guidance with Australian Jazz singer, voice teacher and lyricist Ingrid James. She seeks to understand the relationship between singing, breathing and the piano. 

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Amber Osotopwicz

Flute & Piano

 Amber Ostopowicz is an American flautist and private studio teacher with her Masters of Music in flute performance, research, and pedagogy from the University of Queensland. She loves to help students grow and learn more about themselves through the transferable skills music has to offer. She loves to provide room for agency and use music as a way to develop identity. Laughter and having fun is always a priority of every lesson.

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Tom Penn-Davies

Violin & Viola

 Tom graduatated from the University of Queensland in 2001 where he studied violin with Spiros Rantos and was first violinist with the UQ Symphony Orchestra.  Tom holds dual degrees in Commerce and Arts as well as an Associate Diploma in Violin.  As a university student, Tom began teaching the violin both privately and at a number of schools in Brisbane. After graduation, Tom's passion for teaching led him to further his studies in pedagogy in both violin and viola. A keen orchestral musician, Tom has held principal positions with the Queensland Youth Sympnony Orchestra and Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. Tom has also performed with the newly formed Brisbane Chamber Orchestra which is comprised of former students and staff from the University of Queensland's School of Music. Apart from teaching, Tom has a particular love for chamber music and mentors several string ensembles at Virtuosi. With over fifteen years of teaching experiennce, Tom has successfully prepared students for orhestral, high school and univesity auditions and his students constistently achieve excellent results in AMEB examinations.

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Zoe Russell

Violin & Viola

 Zoe holds is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, where she undertook a Bachelor of Music in performance with David Deacon. She is passionate about viola performance and has been a participant of Sedici Corde String Quartet, UQ Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and AYO National Music Camp. In 2014 she was awarded honours for her grade 8 AMEB Viola exam, and in 2016 received a University of Queensland/Duchesne College music scholarship. Zoe has also won prizes at the Sunshine Coast and Queensland Eisteddfods for violin, viola and recorder. She enjoys teaching and is currently undertaking a course in String Pedagogy at the QLD Conservatorium. Zoe has previously taught at CADMA, preparing students for examinations, recitals and eisteddfods.  

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Anastasia Sechenova

Flute

 Anastasia is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Queensland under the tutelage of Patrick Nolan. She discovered her passion for music when she began playing the flute in primary school. Aside from solo performances, Anastasia has performed with various QYO and UQ ensembles. She has undertaken various positions such as flute section leader, concertmaster and is a current representative of the Queensland Flute Guild. Having received an Associate in Music in 2016, she was inspired to teach and creatively share her love for music.

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Sabrina Setiawan

Piano

 Sabrina is a Bachelor of Music graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music majoring in Classical Piano Performance under the guidance of renowned pianist, Oleg Stepanov. Besides her enthusiasm in solo performance, Sabrina is also passionate about teaching piano, playing chamber music and accompaniment pieces. In the future, Sabrina is looking forward to continue her studies on pedagogy to further her knowledge in teaching.  

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Yedda So

Voice & Piano

 edda So is currently in her last semester of the Master of Music program at The University of Queensland, under the tutelage of Mr. Shaun Brown. She has studied piano for more than 10 years, passing the Grade 8 ABRSM piano examination. She began her classical vocal training in Hong Kong in 2011 and gained a Distinction in the Grade 8 ABRSM singing examination. She has participated in many musical performances and competitions, winning awards in Composing, English Folksong, and Vocal Solo. As a member at the Anglican Little Singers of The Diocese of Eastern Kowloon (HK), she performed in Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Yunan Province (China). Since graduating in 2015 of a Bachelor degree, Yedda has worked as a private tutor in both vocal and keyboard, students’ ranging from preschool to adult, using English, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. She also has experience in working with students with special needs.

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Elyssa Woods

Piano & Flute

 Elyssa began her musical journey when she began playing piano at the age of 7, going on to compete regularly in the Kiwanis music festival in Alberta, Canada, and eventually completing her Grade 8 Royal Conservatory of Music Canada exam. She has been playing flute since the age of 12 and has been featured as a soloist in the Kiwanis Festival in Alberta and on the highly regarded Winspear Stage in Edmonton, Alberta. Having grown up in Canada, Elyssa moved to Melbourne in 2015 where she completed her Bachelor of Music with a specialization in Classical Flute Performance from Monash University. Elyssa is currently studying Masters of Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland and continues to stay connected with her musical interests through teaching both piano and flute lessons.

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FEES & POLICIES
 

Virtuosi follows the Queensland State School term timetable. We are closed on Public Holidays however we operate as usual on Student Free Days. Please let us know If you are interested in attending lessons over the school holidays as many of our teachers are still available for lessons.

WEEKLY LESSON FEES

Private Lessons

20 Minutes: $29.00

30 Minutes: $41.50

45 Minutes: $60

60 Minutes: $76.50

Duo Lessons (voice or guitar only)

30 Minutes: $23 per student

45 Minutes: $33.50 per student

60 Minutes: $42 per student

 

Ensemble Lessons (currently on hold)

45 Minutes: $19 per student 

60 Minutes: $24 per student

 

 

CASUAL LESSON PACKAGE

Casual Lesson Package (5 Lessons)

30 Minutes: $220

45 Minutes: $325

60 Minutes: $415

 

(Lessons must be used within 6 months from date of purchase.)

GIFT CERTIFICATES

Give the gift of music with a Virtuosi Gift Certificate:

 

2 x 30 Minute Lessons - $75

4 x 30 Minute Lessons - $150 

 

Please contact us today to purchase this wonderful gift for the aspiring musician in your life!

 

(Cannot be used in conjuction with the free trial lesson.)

 

DISCOUNTS

New Students

We are currently offering a discount of 10% on tuition fees for all new students (weekly lessons only). To receive the discount, payment must be made prior to the close of business on the same day as the trial lesson. 

Family Discounts

Additional family members who enrol in weekly private lessons will receive 5% off their tuition fees. Discounts are offered to all immediate family members including parents.

 

Multi-instrumental Discounts

Students who enrol in two or more weekly private lessons will receive 5% off their tuition fees for each additional lesson.

ENROLMENT POLICY

All tuition fees are billed in advance at the beginning of each term with payment due within seven days. Fortnightly payment plans via direct debit can be arranged on a case by case basis.

 

Mid-term enrolments are billed for the remaining weeks in the term.

                          

All invoices are sent via email and can be paid via direct deposit, cheque, cash of EFTPOS (credit card payments can also be made over the phone).

 

Payments cannot be refunded once a student has commenced their enrolment.

 

Upon completion of a term, a student will be re-enrolled at the same lesson time for the subsequent term unless the school is notified otherwise.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

Students who are enrolled in weekly lessons are afforded two make-up lessons per term when 24 hours notice is provided.

 

Students who are enrolled in casual lessons, or commence lessons mid-term, are entitled to one make-up lesson with 24 hours notice.

                          

Make-up lessons are not available for ensemble lessons.

 

If a student falls ill on the day of the lesson and notice is provided before 9.00am, we will endeavor to reschedule the lesson, however, this cannot be guaranteed, (A medical certificate should be provided).

 

Make-up lessons cannot be rescheduled and do not roll over into the subsequent term.

 

In the unlikely event that a teacher cannot attend a lesson, a substitute teacher may be called in. If a substitute teacher is unavailable, a make-up lesson will be provided at an alternative time.

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FREE TRIAL LESSON
 

All new students are entitled to a free 30 minute trial lesson in the instrument of their choice. Please complete the form below and we will be in touch shortly to arrange a convenient lesson time. Please note that only one free trial lesson is offered per student.

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EVENTS
 

At Virtuosi, we believe a musical education should involve a multitude of different experiences. Throughout the school year students are invited to take part in a number of events such as student recitals, masterclasses, workshops as well as concert excursions.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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CONTACT US
 

Virtuosi School of Music - Kenmore

880 Moggill Rd

Kenmore

Queensland 4069

 

Ph: (07) 3378 4524

Virtuosi School of Music - Grange

11 Days Rd

Grange

Queensland 4051

 

Ph: (07) 3352 3639

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITES

Virtuosi School of Music is looking for energetic, experienced teachers with a proven track record and a passion for sharing the gift of music.

 

If you are interested in becoming a member of our team, please send your CV to employment@virtuosi.com.au