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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 

 

TERM 1

Tue 29 Jan - Sat 7 Apr

(10 weeks)

TERM 2

Tue 23 Apr - Sat 29 Jun

(10 weeks)

TERM 3

Mon 15 Jul - Sat 21 Sep

(10 weeks)

TERM 4

Tue 8 Oct - Sat 14 Dec

(10 weeks)

 

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, 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 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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Jolanta Kudra

Receptionist

Jolanta joined the team at Virtuosi as a receptionist in 2018. She is currently in her second year at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and is majoring in Classical Voice. 

Caz Kimber

Receptionist

Caz has been working at Virtuosi since early 2018 as a receptionist. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Film and Screen Media Production at Griffith University. 

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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.

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.

 

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.

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.

Ian Ahles

Guitar

Ian completed his Honours degree in Advanced Performance (Classical Guitar) in 2014 from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he was awarded the Griffith Award for academic excellence in 2011, 2013 and 2015. In 2014 he was awarded an International Experience Incentive Scheme grant from Griffith University to attend the International Guitar Festival in Lichtenstein where he participated in a series of workshops, masterclasses and concerts with some of the world’s leading guitarists and teachers. Ian is a member of the newly formed Brisbane Guitar Quartet which was recently featured on Brisbane’s local ABC radio station. As well as classical guitar, Ian has played with a number of Australian rock bands over the years and has released three albums, of which two were distributed nationally. 

 

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.

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. 

Stephanie Egan

Cello

Stephanie is currently undertaking a Bachelor or Music degree at the Queensland Conservaotirum of Music where she is majoring in Cello Performance. In 2017, Stephanie was awarded the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence. Prior to joining Virtuosi, Stephanie taught cello at the Casuarina Steiner School in Coffs Harbour. Stephanie is a member of the QLD Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and in 2017 was invited to take part in the London Symphony Orchestra's Discovery Program. Aside from her orchestra and solo work, Stephanie is a keen chamber musician and is a member of the Orpheus String Quartet and Kairos Clarinet Trio.

Ethan Frankel

Guitar

Ethan Frankel is a Brisbane based guitarist who grew in a small country town called Bowraville in New South Wales. He started with Electric Guitar at the age of twelve playing blues and Rock drawing upon influences of B.B king, Jimi Hendrix and more. In his teenage years he discovered artists such as Paco De Lucia and Paco Pena. He instantly fell in love with the fiery Spanish sound of Flamenco music. As resources were limited for such a music in his home town he taught himself Classical guitar and played his way to being accepted into the Queensland conservatorium of music and relocated to Brisbane to study Classical Guitar with world renown British Classical Guitarist Julian Byzantine in 2012. Ethan has developed his own sound and style blending all these different genres of music together and has also taught countless students of his own over the past few years passing down his hybrid style to other young musicians. Ethan has performed at various venues across Australia such as the Queensland Conservatorium, The Zoo, new globe theatre, Queensland Gallery of modern Art, Matilda Street Gallery, The Bowraville Theatre and has also frequented the local Brisbane music scene. 

Krist-elle Hill

Clarinet, Saxophone

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.

 

Troy Howden

Trumpet, Trombone

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

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.

Alanah Mayers

Voice, Piano

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.

Elizabeth Mikhailoff

Piano

Elizabeth is currently in her final year of study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she is majoring in Piano Performance with Natasha Vlassenko. Prior to entering university, Elizabeth studied piano with Helen Dobrenko and was a member of the Young Conservatorium. Coming from a family of musicians and music teachers, Elizabeth has a particular interest in pedagogy and chamber music. Aside from from performing as a soloist, she also plays in a piano trio and enjoys accompanying. 

Alexandra Mison

Piano

Originally from Lismore, Alexandra moved to Brisbane in 2017 to commence her studies at the University or Queensland where she is undertaking a Bachelor of Music (Honours)/Bachelor of Science dual degree. In 2015, she completed her Certificate of Performance with AMEB and is currently preparing for her Associate in Music examination. Alex is also a member of UQ Chorale and is currently studying piano under the tutelage of Dr. Anna Grinberg.

Nhu Nguyen

Piano

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 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.

Rowan Russell

Guitar

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.