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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."
Tue 28 Jan - Sat 4 Apr
Mon 20 Apr - Sat 27 Jun
Mon 13 Jul - Sat 19 Sep
Tue 6 Oct - Sat 12 Dec
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sala began learning violin at the age of 4 and has been qualified for her AMEB AmusA diploma on the violin. During her years of study, she was under the tutelage of many prominent musicians such as the concertmaster of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra - Adam Piechoncinski, Principle and Education officer of Queensland’s Chamber orchestra Camerata - Jonny Ng and is now completing her Bachelor’s degree with Graeme Jennings at the Queensland Conservatorium. She has earned recognition by winning various eisteddfods and competitions throughout her years. She has participated in various music festivals and tours, some such as the Anglican Music Festival, Australian International Music Festival in Sydney and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago; the largest instrumental music education conference in the world. Sala also had the opportunity to tour the around Australia as part of the Sedici Code Quartet and currently is working with various Chamber groups at the Queensland Conservatorium. With many years of teaching experience since 2013, Sala believes that learning an instrument opens new doors and challenges all aspects of learning. Sala teaches students from as young as 3years to adults and brings fun and unique teaching methods to suit each students needs.
Originally from the Sunshine Coast, Krist-elle moved to Brisbane in 2010 to undertake a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music majoring in Clarinet Performance. Krist-elle developed a passion for teaching while at university when she began teaching clarinet and saxophone privately. This led her to futher her studies with a Graduate Diploma in Education from the Queensland University of Technology. Krist-elle has held teaching positions and conducted workshops at several state and private schools across Brisbane and the Gold Coast. As well as teaching clarinet and saxophone at Virtuosi, Krist-elle currently teaches at St Peters Lutheran College.
Classical 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.
Troy has been involved with music for over 10 years in South Australia and now in Queensland. In that time he has attained his Diploma of Music (Classical Trumpet) and studied first year Bachelor of Music Education at the Elder Conservatorium of Music (Adelaide). Being trained as a classical trumpet player his idols are Maurice Andre, Timofei Dokshizer and Winton Marsalis. He thoroughly enjoys all types of music and teaches classical, jazz and also commercial playing. Whilst studying and working Troy is pro-actively involved in the music community playing 2nd Cornet with the South Brisbane Federal Band. Troy has played with youth and community orchestra's along the way playing with (notably) the Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra and also the Indooroopilly Chamber Orchestra. Some major rep studied/performed includes the Haydn trumpet concerto alongside the Hummel trumpet concerto. Professionally, Troy has played/worked with ‘The Timbers’ and ‘The Skeleton Club’. Troy specialises in the Arban method and also has experience with Clarke and Vizutti methods. Troy has experience teaching students at all levels from beginners right through to Year 12 standard. He is a passionate educator with a keen interest in youth development. Mr Howden always seeks to extend his ability and his students.
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.
Growing up in Far North Queensland, Alanah was charmed by the arts at a young age and found herself heavily immersed in saxophone, piano, singing, dance and drama lessons. After graduating from school with an OP 1, Alanah eagerly pursued her passion for music and this year will graduate with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Classical Voice Performance, at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. During her time at the Conservatorium, Alanah has been the recipient of the Elizabeth Muir undergraduate vocal prize for obtaining the highest mark in her cohort of performance studies, as well as the Donald Penman Prize for Voices in Combination. She has held chorus positions and small roles in the productions of various operas at the Conservatorium including L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Fairy Queen and Dialogues of the Carmelties. Performance highlights include her professional work with Opera Queensland’s ensemble in the productions of Peter Grimes and Verdi’s Requiem. Alanah looks forward to commencing her teaching position at Virtuosi and her role in guiding others through their musical pursuits.
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.
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.
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. Following the completion of her bachelor degree, Nhu looks forward to studying voice in future.
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.
Rowan Russell is a Brisbane based musician who is currently in his third year of study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, majoring in classical guitar. Under the tutelage of internationally renowned guitarist Karin Schaupp, Rowan has performed and taught professionally throughout Brisbane for several years. In 2018, Rowan performed Joaquin Rodrigo’s ‘Concerto Andaluz’ as well as in masterclasses with Australian guitarist Ken Murray and Brazilian guitarist Christian Dozza. Rowan also performs guitar in other genres, regularly playing acoustic and pop gigs in venues all throughout greater Brisbane. With a diverse knowledge of classical, acoustic and electric guitar, Rowan has a high energy approach to teaching and, most of all, a passion for all music and its education.
Zoe is currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, studying 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.
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.
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.
Yedda 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 had few experiences of teaching students who have special needs.
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
30 Minutes: $39.50
45 Minutes: $57.50
60 Minutes: $73.00
30 Minutes: $22 per student
45 Minutes: $32 per student
60 Minutes: $40 per student