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My story so far…
I first began working with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2005, where I currently hold the position of Associate Principal Flute. Over the past 25 years I have also enjoyed teaching the flute to others and I feel privileged to teach the flute class at the University of Auckland, School of Music.
The flute has taken me around the world where I have worked with many orchestras, including the Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland, Tasmanian and Netherlands Symphony Orchestras, the Hong Kong and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestras, the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.
As much as I love playing the great symphonic works by Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, I always jump at the opportunity to play for more intimate audiences as a recitalist and chamber musician. This has led me to perform at International Arts Festivals in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Aberdeen and London, as well as touring New Zealand with The Koru Wind Quintet for Chamber Music NZ. I have appeared as a recitalist at the National Flute Association (NFA) Convention in Washington DC and the Australian Flute Festival.
I started playing the violin and piano at an early age, but it wasn’t until I picked up the flute at the age of 9 that I was really hooked. I still remember the day I picked up a flute and tried it for the first time – listening to my teacher I was in awe of the sound it could make. When I saw it sparkled in the light I was completely sold on it… I have been very fortunate to have some great teachers in Australia, including Virginia Taylor, Elizabeth Koch, Prue Davis, Mardi McSullea, Wendy Clark and Sue Barker.
After completing my music studies in Adelaide and Melbourne I took off to Europe with a scholarship from the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust to study with Andreas Blau from the Berlin Philharmonic, Leon Berendse from the Netherlands Philharmonic and Harrie Starreveld at the Amsterdam Conservatorium. Inspired by the new music I discovered on my travels I returned for more research at the University of Adelaide, where I gained a PhD in Music and was awarded the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence.
The experience of having such wonderful teachers still impacts my musical life on a daily basis and motivates me to pass on as much as I can to other keen flute players. I am a passionate and experienced teacher, currently teaching online and in person at the University of Auckland. I have been a jury member for the NFA Orchestral Audition Competition in the USA, the Australian Young Artist Competition and the Leslie Barklamb Scholarship. During my summers I can usually be found teaching at the APO orchestral summer school and at my Flute Summer School at the Bella Rakha Retreat in Oratia.