Dominik Przywara

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  • Violinist, Teaching Artist, String Orchestra & Ensemble Conductor, Lecturer, Pedagogue, Entrepreneur, Investor, Managing Director & Private Pilot Licence Holder for Planes​

  • Violin and Viola Teaching Artist, String Ensemble Managing Director and Owner at Strings Embassy Music Studios

  • Managing Director, Instrument Specialist & Owner at Domenico Dragonetti Instruments

  • Master of Arts graduate from Academy of Music in Cracow (under Prof. Peter Tarcholik) and Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Sydney (under Andrew Haveron - Sydney Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster)

  • Producer and Violinist of hundreds of chamber music concerts in Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France & Australia  

  • Ex-member of a few significant Polish orchestras including Krakow Music Academy Orchestra and Opera and Filharmonia Podlaska in Bialystok

  • Founder of non for profit organisation “Kultura nie Chałtura”

  • Ex committee member of Australian Strings Association NSW

  • Full Member of Music Teachers Association, NSW Sydney Australia

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: 

https://www.dominikprzywara.com

  • Dominik’s career began in his native Poland well before he migrated to Australia in 2014. He was a violinist in the Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Krakow (Cracow), Poland, conducted by Helmuth Rilling, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gabriel Chmura and many other reputable artists from 2003 to 2008. During this time he was taking part in many regular concerts including concerts at the Philharmony of Music In Krakow.

  • In 2008 Dominik played his final Masters of Arts exam at The Academy of Music in Cracow, under Professor Piotr Tarcholik. From 2009 to 2012 he was First Violinist at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic, European Art Centre in Bialystok - Poland, during which they performed in many prestigious European concert halls. He also founded and managed the non-profit organisation - “Kultura Nie Chaltura”. The organisation worked towards setting, by the Polish Parliament, guaranteed minimum income for musicians. 

  • From 2011 to 2013, Dominik was a fundraiser for the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, arranging cultural events as First Violinist and producer of 200 chamber concerts in Gdansk and Warsaw, Poland.

  • On arriving in Sydney in 2014 Dominik founded the Menomosso Quartet and produced its concerts as a 1st violinist at the “Justice and Police Museum”  at Circular Quay in Sydney. He also undertook postgraduate violin studies - A Master Degree course designed only  for Mr Przywara,  under Andrew Haveron, Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

  • Before establishing his own music studio - Strings Embassy, he was lecturing violin at some prominent schools, including AMPA ( Academy of Music and Performing Arts ) at Surry Hills in Sydney.

  • From 2017 he performed on a Peta Piano recording project for recording producer Craig Field at Underwood Studios, recording the Australia Music Education Board (AMEB) violin syllabus. These recordings are helping students across the country to prepare for AMEB Violin exams. 

  • Dominik tutors violin, viola and music theory, and is an ensemble conductor at the Strings Embassy, where he is also a managing director. The school opened at a new location in Chatswood CBD and offers lessons simultaneously at 5 professionally prepared music rooms. At the new location - 105 Archer Street in Chatswood, students and musicians can also rent and purchase Domenico Dragonetti instruments.

  • On the 1st of September 2021, Mr Przywara released his solo album with piano accompaniment via the most prominent streaming platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music etc. and he is working on 3 new projects that he is going to record in 2022.

Philippa Collins

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  • Philippa Collins grew up in Canberra and started violin lessons at the age of 8 with renowned French violinist Josette Esquidin. At the age of 11, she was offered a scholarship at the Canberra School of Music, and throughout her high school years, studied under Len Dommett OBE.

  • In 1986, she moved to Sydney and joined the National Ensemble under the tutelage of John Hopkins, touring extensively, and working with major international artists visiting Sydney. During this time, she studied under Harry Curby and Carl Pini. 

  • Philippa has played in all of the major orchestras in Sydney including Opera Australia for 11 years, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  She has accompanied many artists such as Valery Klimov, Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti to name just a few. 

  • Philippa is an experienced teacher who is committed to providing excellence in string teaching from the young beginner right through to tertiary level and the emerging professional. She has taught at many schools including Sydney Grammar, The Kings School,  Brigidine College, Terrey Hills Public School, Ravenswood School for Girls, Roseville College for Girls and the University of New South Wales. 


Anne Browning Willson - Piano & Ear Training

 

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  • Anne is a pianist with 20 years’ teaching experience who completed her music studies in England and the United States before moving to Sydney in 2016.  She currently serves on the piano faculty at The Scots College in Bellevue Hill and is very pleased to be joining Strings Embassy to teach piano and coach group classes.  

  • Anne completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College (Massachussetts, USA), studying classical piano under Alissa Leiser and John van Buskirk.   She featured as soloist in 1999 with the Pioneer Valley Orchestra, performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54.  Her post-graduate work included classical performance studies with David Hagan and piano improvisation with Margaret Ulmer at New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachussetts. 

  • Anne completed her pedagogy studies at the School for Strings in New York City with additional Dalcroze Eurythmics coursework at Diller-Quaille School of Music and the Lucy Moses School (NYC), under the direction of Anne Farber, Cynthia Lilley and Michael Joviala.  

  • Anne served on the piano faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for 9 years before relocating to Sydney in 2016 where she joined and continues to serve on the piano faculty at The Scots College.  In addition to her teaching, Anne is also a professional singer and a songwriter.  Her work has featured in TV advertisements, audio recordings, and a variety of live performance settings in the United States and Australia.  


Lucy Clarke-Randazzo

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  • Lucy has been an enthusias.c music student since the age of three, receiving tui.on in both Violin and Piano through the Orange Regional Conservatorium of Music. Lucy was very involved with her local Conservatorium growing up, having played in ensembles and orchestras there for over 14 years, and has benefited from many opportunities through the regional Conservatorium network.

  • Lucy has had the opportunity to participate in student programs with the the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian World Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra Na.onal Music Camp, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Lucy was awarded her AMusA in Violin at 15 years of age. Lucy has benefiDed enormously from several masterclass opportunities including Charlie Siem, Ola Rudner, and a masterclass with the Australian String Quartet lead by Dale Barltrop.

  • Lucy loves teaching and making music and feels privileged to have won various competitions and awards that allow her to work and learn from amazing mentors and orchestras. These include winning the 2016 and 2018 Orange Regional Concerto Compe..ons and the 2017 Macquarie Symphony Orchestra “Thompson Prize” Concerto Compe..on. In 2018, Lucy’s long associa.on with the ORC was recognised by naming the Senior String Scholarship in her honour. Lucy was chosen to play in the semi-final round of the Kendall Na.onal Violin Compe..on in 2020. Lucy is now in her 4th year of pursuing her dream studying a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 

Nathan Inkiriwang - Piano

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 Nathan has been studying the art of playing piano since he was 4 years old. He is currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in pursuit of refining and training not only his technical skills but also his artistic musical skills. Prior to that, he studied on a full scholarship at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) under the tutelage of Mrs. Anna Sleptsova. Over the years, Nathan has received numerous awards and outstanding recognition from across Asia. Nathan received the top ABRSM Practical Exam marks (Indonesia) 6 years in a row for ABRSM grades 1,2,5,6,7 and 8. In addition to this, Nathan recently received an outstanding mark of 48/50 in his DipARSM, the top Diploma mark in Australia for the year 2019. 

Throughout his life, Nathan has continued to show a remarkable amount musical virtuosity and artistry in his playing. This is reflected in the many competitions and performances he has been invited to perform to throughout his musical journey. Nathan received the platinum prize in the 5th International Singapore Music Festival in 2015 which was held by the National University of Singapore, received gold prize and was given a special award for outstanding performance in the ASEAN international music festival in Korea, received 1st place in the National Steinway and sons music competition in 2013, was given a scholarship award by the National University of Singapore and received honour to perform at the Award ceremony in Yeong Siew Toh Conservatory Hall, Singapore in 2016. 

Nathan also received a prestigious invitation to perform as a guest soloist at the Gala Concert of the 2nd International Festival of Classical Music in Kuala Lumpur in front of prime minister, Mahatir Mohamad in 2016, received two 1st prize awards and a special PATRON award at the 9th Malaysian Youth Music Festival in 2016, and has recently completed the Adam Gyorgy Castle Academy in Pomaz, Hungary under the guidance of world class pianists such that of Adam Gyorgy, Dr. Orsolya Szabo, Dr. Balazs Reti and Prof. Gyorgy Nador. 

Music is a significant part of Nathan's life and a key defying aspect of his life, and his desire to share not only his passion for music but also his knowledge of it encourages him to teach younger generations of musicians. Nathan has more than two years of experience teaching in both group and individual settings around Australia. He has a track record of students earning distinctions in their exams, and he is eager to help more students along their musical path.

Catalina Dermejian

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Catalina Dermenjian is an Aspiring Cellist, recently completed her degree in Bachelor of Music Performance Majoring in Cello at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with her teacher Dr. Georg Pedersen, one of Australia’s foremost Cello teachers and performers. 

Catalina has experienced the European Teaching method which has been passed on by one of the best teachers and performers in the world, Paul Tortelier and Gregor Piatigorsky. Her aim is to inspire young musicians and show them a new approach to  practice music. 

Catalina has been teaching in her own Private Music studio in Wollongong for 5 years. She has held the position as Principal cellist of the Bluescope Youth Orchestra and has participated in many programs with the Steel City Strings Orchestra (APRA AMCOS Award Winner), Sydney con Symphony, Big choir, Early Music Ensemble, Chamber music and other Solo works. 

Alongside, she has worked with internationally known composers like Elena Kats-Chernin, Ann Carr-Boyd, Gerard Brophy, Marcel Khalife and Rami Khalife. 

Josef  Hanna - Violin

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Melbourne-born violinist Josef Hanna began playing the violin at the age of four under the tutelage of Helge Thelen. Since then Josef has gone on to achieve a Bachelor of Music, 3 years full time study at the Australian National Academy Music and is currently completing his Masters at The University of Sydney Conservatorium. Along the way Josef has studied with some of  Australia’s finest teachers such as Sophie Rowell, Robin Wilson, Zoe Black and Alice Waten.

 

As a chamber/orchestral musician, Josef has toured extensively with chamber orchestras such as the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra and AYO's Momentum Ensemble, and his quintet 'Russique' was awarded the Musica Viva Second Prize award at the Australian National Academy of Music Chamber Competition performing Prokofiev's Quintet in G minor.

He was appointed Concertmaster of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra (2015-2016) and has held the positions of Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin at Australian Youth Orchestra's National Music Camp (2017-2019).

 

As a soloist Josef is a past winner of Melbourne Youth Orchestra's Concerto Competition 'Virtuosity', as well as appearing as a finalist in the Preston Youth Concerto Competition and the Melbourne Bach Competition.

 

When not playing the violin, Josef spends his time playing soccer and tennis while doing his utmost to support his beloved sports teams Collingwood and Liverpool.

Francis Yoon - Cello 

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  • Francis Yoon is a Kiwi cellist based in Sydney. He completed his studies with Georg Pedersen at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2017, having held the Chancellor’s Award, John Cassim Award for Music, and Joyce Billings Award for Outstanding Cellist. 

  • Francis is equally at home (and abroad) as soloist, orchestral player and chamber musician, and advocates for new and obscure music. He is passionate about arranging and performing from diverse genres, and his piano trio V2R Trio recently released their first album.

 

 

  • In Sydney, Francis was a finalist and prize-winner in the 2015 NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship and has performed both Haydn Cello Concertos with the Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra to acclaim. 

 

  • In his travels Francis has participated in masterclasses with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Philippe Muller, Li-Wei Qin, Richard Aaron and Tamás Varga, and received intense mentorship from Eberhard Feltz and the New Zealand String Quartet among others.

 

  • Francis studied string pedagogy with Goetz Richter and enjoys teaching students of all ages and backgrounds, and was previously on the faculty of the Central Coast Conservatorium.