my journey

Over a decade ago I was enchanted away from engineering and science by my composerly friends writing music for me.  Now as an alumna of ANAM and graduate of the University of Auckland,  I am a freelance musician and barista. I have a long record of engaging with emerging composers, through several solo viola commissions and new music events in New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland. In 2013 I founded the Rothko Quartet and won the ROSL/Pettman scholarship which saw us tour Europe. Later I founded the Villani Piano Quartet and left to study in Melbourne. I have performed with orchestras across New Zealand and Melbourne, toured with live live cinema around the world, appeared as several characters in the revolutionary group Blackbird Ensemble, and performed for the Composers’ Association of New Zealand’s annual workshop for more than ten years. 

I play a Thomas Warren viola commissioned in 1974 by my late mentor Peter Barber. 

Your lessons

I am a professional violin and viola teacher, and a freelance viola player in demand around Australia and New Zealand. I have been teaching, playing, and studying music since 2009. That’s over a decade of intensive experience of private and high school group tuition, international touring, orchestral, chamber, and solo performance.

I have an individual approach for each student, everyone’s mind and physical bodies are different, so everyone needs a tailored approach.
I will teach you to be an all rounded musician, from reading music, to theory, technique, history, improvisation, etc. I don’t teach things which aren’t relevant to actually making the music you want.

Working on performing music has always demanded an engagement across philosophy, human relationships, audiences, and technique.

I’ve taught people between ages eight and sixty, with learning disorders, performers of other instruments, prodigies, and beginners. I am always looking to be inspiring and to be inspired by my students.
I have a current Victoria Working with Children Check.

Go to my contact page to inquire about lessons or collaborate artistically.