Our Teachers

Tatiana Lanchtchikova

Piano

Piano

MMus, IRMTNZ

Tatiana was born in Russia. She started playing piano and accordion at the age of 6 and was graduated from the Novosibirsk State Conservatory (Novosibirsk, Russia). Tatiana’s teaching experience has been started in 1989 and includes judging at several International competitions held in Italy, England, Australia & New Zealand. Tatiana moved to Auckland in 1996 and apart from her full-time teaching in Epsom Music School she is a chamber music musician being a member of such groups as VIVO and BRAVURA, piano accompanist and an associate player with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Grace Park

Piano/Jazz Piano/Theory

Piano/Jazz Piano/Theory

Grace Park is a jazz pianist. She started playing the piano at the age of 5, gained passion for jazz piano at 17, and is currently completing her Bachelors of Music at the University of Auckland, studying Jazz Performance. Before university, she was under the guidance of Tatiana Lanchtchikova as well as Crystal Choi. In her first year of Jazz Performance, she studied at Victoria University of Wellington under Mark Donlon, and the teachers for her study in Auckland include Kevin Field, Grant Winterburn and Phil Broadhurst.

She has done a number of gigs with fellow musicians in Wellington, and has a great interest in ensemble playing. Her teaching experiences cover a wide range of genres, including jazz, pop and gospel, as well as teaching theory classes at Epsom Music School since 2014.



Marko Pop Ristov

Violin

Violin

Marko Pop Ristov graduated from the Royal College of Music (London) with BMus in 2009, and has his Masters in Chamber Music from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. At 16 he was invited and awarded a scholarship to study with Prof. Pavel Vernikov at the “Scuola di Musica di Fiesole” in Florence, Italy. Marko has been awarded first prizes in several international competitions including “Performing Australian Music” (London, 2008), “Giovanni Batista Pergolesi” (Italy, 2003) and “Peter Konjovich” (Yougoslavia, 2001). He has appeared as a soloist with “Kensington Sinfonia” (UK), “Orchestra dei Ragazzi” (Italy), “Bitola Chamber Orchestra” and “National Symphony Orchestra” (Macedonia).

During his time in London Marko received many coachings from eminent musicians and artists such as: “Bedke Quartet”, “Chilingarina Quartet”, “Domus Quartet”, “Belcea Quartet”, “Florestan Trio” and many more. His piano quartet, the “Ristov Quartet” in its two year existence performed on many festivals in the UK, France, Swizerland, Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia. In 2010 they were invited to perform the “Rombach” piano trio by P. Dusapin for the BBC Proms and had his Barbican debut in 2012. Since his arrival in New Zealand in 2013 Marko is a regular player with the APO and ACO as well as section leader of “Bach Musica” and leader of the newly formed “Wairau Sinfonietta”. Marko together with three other colleagues has founded the “Villani Piano Quartet”.


Blas Gonzalez

Piano

Piano

Blas Gonzalez a varied career as teacher, pianist, and composer. Educated in Argentina and the USA, Blas moved to New Zealand at the end of 2009. He has performed widely in USA, Argentina, NZ and Taiwan. Blas has enjoyed teaching appointments at Missouri Western State University, and the Community Music School at the University of Missouri-Kansas. He currently divides his time teaching both privately and as itinerant teacher in schools, working as an accompanist, and performing.


Kee Hee Lee

Piano/Theory

Piano/Theory

Kee-Hee began her piano studies at the age of eight and prior to her studies at the University of Auckland was under the guidance of Tatiana Lanchtchikova at the Epsom Music School. In 2015, she completed her masters degree in piano performance under the tutelage of Stephen De Pledge. During her time in university, Kee Hee was placed first in the Te Awamutu competition for the Jan Yarndley Mozart prize in 2012 and after placing second in the Hamilton recital competition she competed in the semifinals of the National Young Performer Awards in Invercargill. In the year 2013 she received the Margaret Doone Memorial Piano Sonata Scholarship as the winner of IRMT’s Sonata Competition. She was also one of 16 contestants selected to compete in the Wallace National Piano Competition in July 2015.

From a young age Kee-Hee developed a passion for chamber music enhancing to the semifinals and district finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest. Her debut concerto performance was with the Aotea Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2006 followed by another performance in 2008 performing Mozart piano concerto in F Major K459.


Lisa Chou

Piano

Piano

Born in Taiwan, Lisa immigrated with her family to Auckland in 1995. At age 14, she made her debut with the Academy Orchestra of Auckland in New Zealand and Australia playing Mendelssohn Piano Concerto no.1.

Under the guidance of Associate Professor Rae de Lisle, Lisa completed Masters in Performance with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland.

Lisa pursued further studies in Vienna from 2009, where she lived, studied and worked as a performing musician for over six years. During this time, she had the privilege of learning privately from acclaimed pianist and scholar Paul Badura Skoda.

Upon returning to New Zealand, Lisa became immersed as an educator and worked as a private piano tutor at the Napier Girls High School in 2016.

As well as teaching, Lisa engages passionately as a chamber musician and is a member of the collective Ensemble East; with the objective of benefiting the communities in which they live in through active music-making.




Veronica Kim

Violin, Viola

Violin, Viola

Veronica graduated from Chung-Ang University in Korea, where she received a full scholarship for her four year bachelor's degree. She had participated in master classes which were held at Universität Wien in Austria. After graduating from the university, she performed with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra before coming to New Zealand. She then pursued the further performance study at the University of Auckland, completing Postgraduate Diploma. Veronica has performed with Bach Musica, Pipers Sinfonietta, Manukau Symphony, and Wairua Sinfonietta. Currently, she is focusing on teaching violin, viola, and chamber music.





Helen Bevin

Viola, Violin

Viola, Violin

Originally from Dunedin, Helen Bevin gained a Masters of Music with Distinction from Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2011, studying under Rachel Roberts. She then spent two years in London freelancing with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia, touring extensively throughout Europe and China. Helen also lived in Finland after being appointed Solo Viola with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.

Closer to home Helen has played with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington and Southern Sinfonia. While studying with Gillian Ansell at the New Zealand School of Music she was Principal Viola with the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, performed concertos with the NZSM University and Dunedin Youth Orchestras, and won a number of awards including the Pettman/ROSL Arts International Scholarship. She has played solo recitals throughout New Zealand and the UK and has attended IMS Prussia Cove, Thy Masterclass and Moritzburg Festival Academy.


Robert Lovie

Violin

Violin

ATCL, BMus Honors 1st class

As a violinist, Robert has enjoyed a career playing violin with many fine orchestras including the NZSO, APO, Collegium Musicum Copenhagen and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has been concert master of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Wellington Sinfonia and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra where he still works.

As a teacher, Robert enjoys bringing the world of music alive to young students some of whom have gone onto to become professional musicians and teachers in their own right. He is very pleased to offer lessons at Kadimah and ACG Parnell his two central city schools.






David Garner

Cello

Cello

David began his tertiary education in Auckland gaining a Bachelors of Music in 1994. After completing a performers diploma at Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam following a Master of Music degree in Christchurch, he completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2004 in the USA.

David won first prize in the Michigan State University Concerto competition in 2002, a finalist in the Adam International Cello competition in 1997, and a prize-winner at the 1997 Gisborne International Music Competition. Presented with the Aotea Centre Performing Arts Trust Award in 1994, David later received the Greta Ostova Cello Scholarship, a Woolf Fischer Scholarship for overseas study, a Cobb fellowship at Michigan State University and a Gagliano Cello study scholarship.

Currently Associate Principal Cellist in the APO, and has been a member of the Jade String Quartet since 2013.




Callum Hall

Cello

Cello

Callum holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University, where he studied with Suren Bagratuni. While at MSU Callum was a teaching assistant to Professor Bagratuni and principal cellist of the MSU Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his studies in the USA he completed his Masters degree in cello performance at the University of Waikato, studying with James Tennant. Callum has taken part in masterclasses with Gautier Capucon, Alexander Ivashkin, Laurence Lesser, Leslie Parnas, and Thorlief Thedeen.

In 2014 Callum toured for Chamber Music New Zealand as a member of the Rangitoto Piano Trio, which was recorded live in concert for broadcast on Radio New Zealand, and he recently recorded the six Michl bassoon quartets for Atoll Records with his two sisters and bassoonist Ben Hoadley. Callum teaches for the Pettman National Junior Academy of Music in Auckland and is a contract member of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also played regularly in orchestras such as the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Opus Chamber Orchestra, Jackson Symphony, Lansing Symphony and the West Michigan Symphony.

Callum studied piano with Rae de Lisle and Katherine Austin during his Bachelor’s degree, and has performed extensively as an accompanist in the United States and New Zealand.




Jesbery Hartono

Cello

Cello

As a graduate of University of Waikato under James Tennant and the University of Auckland under Edith Salzmann, she has played for, and worked with many renowned artists such as Elisabeth Kufferath of the Tetzlaff String Quartet, Daniel Müller-Schott, Torleif Thedéen, Alexander Gebert, Clemens Krieger, Dinar Enikeev and Ramón Jaffé amongst others. In 2014, her chamber group took first prize at the ACMNZ competition with Igor Naidin of the Borodin Quartet on the panel. A recipient of the Sir James Wallace Arts Fund, Anne Bellam and the Pettman National Junior Academy scholarships, Jesbery has recently completed her internship with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and is now a casual member of the orchestra.




James Yoo

Cello

Cello

James sangoh Yoo is currently a Cellist in Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Auckland Piano Trio. He was born in South Korea and he lived and studied in Australia from a young age. His teachers in Australia were Thomas Tsai and Susan Blake. He continued his cello studies with Maria Kliegel in Germany at Cologne University of Music and Dance.

James has been awarded first prize in numerous competitions, including the Kuring-Gai Concerto Competition, Australian Performing Arts Challenge and Cologne University of Music and Dance Competition. James has performed regularly on Fine Music 102.5fm and Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio broadcast and also performed a number of Major Cello Concertos with a various orchestras and ensembles including SBS Television and Radio Youth orchestra, Kuring-Gai Philharmonie Orchestra, North Sydney Youth Symphony and Camerata Ensemble.

In 2013-2014, James was a fellow of Sydney Symphony Orchestra and before his return to Sydney from Germany, he was Principal Cello of Junge Philharmonie Köln(2010-2011) and Associate Principal Cello of Klassische Philharmonie Bonn(2011-2012). He started working as a full time cellist in Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra since 2015.

Along with his carrier as a performer, he also has a great interest in music education.
Before moving to Auckland, he taught many students from Kindergarten to University level and he taught cello and chamber music at Conservatorium High School and St.Andrew's Cathedral School in Sydney.

All of his students are taking ABRSM exams on a regular basis.


Evgeny Lanchtchikov

Double Bass

Double Bass

MMus

Born in USSR (Tashkent City, Republic of Uzbekistan, USSR). In 1975 he started studying cello and double bass at the Uspensky Special Music School. In 1993 he was graduated as a double bass player from the Novosibirsk State Conservatory (Russia).

His full-time professional orchestra experience includes working with the Army Orchestra of the Siberian Region, Chamber Orchestra of Novosibirsk Philharmonia (Novosibirsk, Russia), the Novosibirsk State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Novosibirsk, Russia), Slavic Academic Symphony Orchestra (Moscow, Russia), Opera and Ballet orchestra of Zatz Theatra (Moscow, Russia), Bilkent Academic Symphony Orchestra (Ankara, Turkey) and Auckland Philharmonia.

Evgeny’s teaching experience includes teaching double bass in Bilkent University (Turkey), The University of Auckland and the Epsom Music School.

Kylie Todd

Voice teacher

Voice teacher

Kylie is a Kiwi-born singer and vocal tutor. Influenced by Alicia Keys, Tierney Sutton and India Arie among others, her soulful voice is powerful and versatile. She has experience performing in New Zealand and internationally. Kylie completed a certificate of performance at Excel School of Performing Arts and was awarded top female vocalist. She participated in the 2nd year program touring the North Island extensively for 5 months. Alongside gigging for weddings and functions she was involved in numerous community tours and performances in Germany, Russia and Poland.

She returned to Excel 2012 to teach vocals and can now be found singing or teaching singing privately after completing her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Vocals, training under Julie Mason. Additionally she has completed Levels 1 & 2 of Estill Voice Training. Kylie can be found performing with her trio Stolen Moments or Auckland Bands Fibonacci & Big Ticket among other projects.


Lilia Carpinelli

Singing teacher

Singing teacher

MMus Perfomance- BMus singing

Educated in Europe and New Zealand, Italian lyric coloratura soprano Lilia Carpinelli holds a Master of Music (First Class) from Auckland University and a Singing Degree from Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Martucci Salerno (Italy). Based in Auckland since 2008, Lilia has appeared with orchestras in Italy, Austria, China, Israel and Palestine. She is currently a New Zealand Opera Freemasons Resident Artist and a member of the NBR Chapman Opera Chorus.

In addition to engagements all over the world, Lilia maintains a strong presence in New Zealand as performer and as teacher. As a singing teacher Lilia has more than 20 years experience. She enjoys teaching a variety of singing styles to students of any age and level.




Raewyn Winter

Flute

Flute

Raewyn Winter was born in New Zealand, where she completed a BMus(Hons) with Anthony Ferner. She went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Richard Davis, Linda Verrier and Joanne Boddington, graduating with a PGDip and MMus. She was a recipient of Arts Excellence Awards from the Malvina Major Foundation and the Tytheridge Travelling Scholarship in Arts. Returning to New Zealand in 2008, Raewyn now enjoys a busy teaching career in Auckland and continues to perform as a freelance musician with orchestras including the Auckland Philharmonia, Auckland Chamber Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony.




Christine Kim

Flute

Flute

Christine Kim is a flautist who successfully completed her Advanced Studies with Professor Mirjam Nastasi at Freiburg Musikhochschule in Germany. She also holds a Bachelor of Music First Class Honours and Master of Music under the tutelage of Professor Uwe Grodd at the University of Auckland School of Music.

Christine has won numerous scholarships and awards including, the 74th Annual Society of American Musicians Competition in the United States, 1st place in the University of Auckland Graduation Gala Concerto Competition, 2nd place and Best Woodwind in the Rotorua National Concerto Competition and 2nd place with her flute and piano duo at the Internationale Interpretationswettbewerb Verfemte Musik in Schwerin, Germany.

Throughout her career Christine was chosen to participate in numerous master classes with artists such as Marya Martin, Leone Buyse, Felix Renggli, Jean Ferrandis, Paul Edmund-Davis, Denis Bouriakov, Robert Aitken and Sir James Galway.

Since returning to New Zealand in 2013, Christine has been an active freelance musician, with a passion for teaching and a special love and knowledge of woodwind chamber music.


Hye-Won Suh

Flute

Flute

Hye-Won Suh is a South Korean-born flutist of New Zealand. She gained a Master of Music from the University of Auckland under tutelage of Professor Uwe Grodd before she moved to Boston, USA, and gained Graduate Diploma at the New England Conservatory in studio of Ms. Elizabeth Rowe, the Principal Flute of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Hye-Won’s competition successes include; first prize in the KBB New Zealand Woodwind Competition, first prize in the Tauranga Performing Arts Competition, and being the youngest finalists at the Australian Flute Competition. She has performed the Ibert Flute Concerto and Mozart Concerto in G with various orchestras and played principal flute role with the Auckland Youth Orchestra, the University of Auckland Orchestra, and NZSO National Youth Orchestra. Hye-Won received number of scholarships including Anne Bellam Scholarships, John Baros Scholarship, NZSO Alex Lindsay Award, the UOA Vice Chancellor’s Arts Support Fund. She was also a fellowship student of the NZSO and the recipient of AIMES Music Award sponsored by Albany Toyota.

During her two years study in the United States, she had great privilege to play for internationally acclaimed musicians such as Marina Piccinini, Amy Porter, Leone Buyse, Borromeo String Quartet, John Ferrillo, and Robert Langevin. As one of Hye-Won’s passion lies in performing new music, she was actively involved in performing new music in Callithumpian Consort directed by Stephen Drury. As well as performing works of Morten Feldman, Charles Ives, Thomas Adès, she has performed British composer Julian Anderson’s Van Gogh Blue (2015) under direction of the composer himself in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Preconcert series. She has played principal flute role in the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, directed by Hugh Wolff. Other conductors she has worked with include Sir. Andrew Davis, Alexander Shelley, Richard Gill, and Leonard Slatkin.

Hye-Won has been teaching for over a decade and her students gain distinction in ABRSM and Trinity Grade exams. She loves working with young students and is a passionate teacher in both solo and ensemble playing.



Jessye Brightwell

Recorder / Flute (beginners) / Theory

Recorder / Flute (beginners) / Theory


Jessye has been playing piano since the age of 9 with Tatiana Lanchtchikova, and the flute since the age of 11 under the guidance of Adriana Lis. She has been teaching beginners flute for 2 years at St Paul’s and Baradene College, as well as teaching theory classes at Epsom Music School since 2014. She is currently a science student at Massey University.



John Jang

Clarinet

Clarinet

MA, BMus, DipABRSM

John obtained his Bachelor of Music from the University of Auckland during which he studied with James Fry, Associate Principal Clarinet of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also participated in masterclasses given by renowned clarinettists such as Dimitri Ashkenazy and Julian Bliss. John was the Principal Clarinet of the University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra and also a casual member of the Auckland Youth Orchestra playing the bass clarinet. His chamber music performance at the NZCT Chamber Music Contest national finals held in Wellington was broadcasted live on Radio NZ Concert.

With almost 10 years of teaching experience, John has developed a passion for nurturing the artistic potential unique to each student. He has taught clarinet and saxophone both privately and at secondary schools. His students have thrived in school ensembles and grade examinations. Additionally, John has taught multiple ethnomusicology papers at the University of Auckland as a course tutor.

John recently graduated with Master of Arts from the University of Auckland specialising in ethnomusicology which he began with particular interests in anthropological theories and world music cultures. He has presented about Korean and Japanese music at international academic conferences.



Emily Heeney

Clarinet

Clarinet

Emily is a classical and contemporary musician, with over 15 years experience as a performer and teacher.

Performing Weber’s 1st Clarinet Concerto with the APPA Festival Orchestra at only 11 years of age, and gaining high distinction in ATCL Clarinet at 14, she then went on to study classical clarinet at Auckland University School of Music at contemporary piano and voice at Excel School of Performing Arts, followed by high distinction in LTCL Clarinet. She also has a passion for composition and songwriting, winning the Tower Young Composers Competition with her original composition, “Diversion”, written for two clarinets, piano and percussion, and then arranged the composition to be performed by the internationally acclaimed Netherlands Blazers Ensemble.

She has enjoyed a busy performing schedule with her various performance groups, as well as recording and releasing original music and judging the NZ leg of the Global Battle of the Bands Competition over consecutive years.

Emily now enjoys a busy schedule as a performing arts specialist teacher, clarinet tutor and choir director, and is a member of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers. Over the past 10 years her solo and chamber music students have seen much success in graded examinations and various school and national music competitions, and as a proficient pianist, she regularly accompanies her students. She aims to inspire all her students to not only aim for excellence, but form a meaningful connection to music that will last a lifetime.



Steve Sherriff

Saxophone

Saxophone

Steve Sherriff has been involved in the music industry as a music teacher and professional musician for over 30 years. He teaches currently at Pinehurst School and Takapuna Normal Intermediate School. Steve also has a roster of students he teaches privately, giving in home lessons during the week in the evenings plus Saturdays. In 2019, in addition, he looks forward to taking up teaching positions at Northcross Intermediate and ACG Parnell. Steve works as a freelance musician with a varied resume which includes theatre work playing in the shows of Wizard of Oz, Rocky Horror, Singin’ in the rain, just to mention a few. He has released an album of his own compositions and currently fronts his own 6 piece jazz group focusing on creating collaborative original compositions.


Rowan Meade

Clarinet/Saxophone

Clarinet/Saxophone

A masters graduate in performance clarinet with highest honours from the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland. He was the only clarinettist to be accepted into the Sibelius Academy Masters Program for Performance Clarinet in 2010. During his education Rowan studied with clarinettists such as Harri Mäki, Asko Heiskanen and Olli Leppäniemi, and concluded his studies by performing John Adams Gnarly Buttons Clarinet Concerto with the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra.

Rowan has been frequently invited to play with orchestras such as the Finnish Radio Symphony, Sibelius Academy Symphony, and since his return home to New Zealand in 2013 he has been performing with orchestras such as the New Zealand and Christchurch Symphony. Rowan is a keen chamber musician having won a number of chamber music competitions, and has up until recently been regularly traveling around Scandinavia touring with the chamber music group Marinis Quintet. Rowan has also toured as a concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Auckland Youth Orchestra and the Waitakere Orchestra.

He is an avid contemporary music performer and has won the Lilburn Composition Competition Performance Prize. Rowan has been part of many collaboration projects with New Zealand composers, and this will be a particular focus in his performing schedule over the coming year. Since his return, Rowan has been teaching clarinet at the University of Waikato.

Linda Filimoehala

Euphonium

Euphonium

Linda Filimoehala won several competitions in Auckland. At the age of 19 she won her first open age championship in the ABA fast melody solo competition, In 2013 she became the first pacific islander and the first euphonium player to be a finalist in the Auckland University Graduation Gala Concerto Competition and to this day she is still the only Pacific Islander and Euphonium player to have made it in the final. She recieved a Gold in the New Zealand Concert Band Association (NZCBA) solo competition and won the open age category in 2017 and 2018. Linda has participated in many Brass Bands, such as the Auckland City Youth and Senior Band, The Smiths Locksmiths Manukau City Brass Band, The Royal Air Force Brass Band and is currently playing principal Euphonium for the Trusts Waitakere Brass Band, The Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery Brass, The Central Auckland Brass Band and hails from a family of talented Tongan musicians. Linda’s greatest achievement was opening a music academy in 2015 for underprivileged kids who couldn’t afford lessons. Working together with her family they were able to provide free education as well as free musical instruments. Linda is a passionate musician and loves what she does.



Jake Krishnamurti

Brass Instruments

Brass Instruments

Jake Krishnamurti is currently completing his Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland. He first started playing the trumpet at the age of 4 and now regularly performs with many ensembles throughout Auckland. He also began playing trombone in high school and has earned DipABRSM Music Performance Diplomas on both trumpet and trombone.

His professional experience includes playing in performances of Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot the Musical and at the Pop-up Globe. Jake is also a keen jazz musician and has performed at the Tauranga Jazz Festival with groups such as ALCHEMY and the Queen City Big Band. Musical highlights include playing a duet with Josh Groban, performing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra alongside Sol3 Mio at Christmas in the Vines, as well as playing at the opening ceremony of the 2017 World Masters Games.


Finn Scholes

Trumpet, Trombone, Vibraphone

Trumpet, Trombone, Vibraphone

Finn Scholes has been teaching trumpet, piano, trombone and the vibraphone for the last 10 years. He plays regularly as a professional musician with bands such as Carnivorous Plant Society, Tiny Ruins, Hopetoun Brown and many more. He enjoys teaching both jazz and classical.



John Jan Flameling

Classical Guitar

Classical Guitar

BMus(Perf) LTCL AIRMT

Born in Holland, John Flameling holds a Bachelor of Music performance from the University of Auckland (1993) where he studied with Michel Eliard and Gunter Herbig. He has been an associate of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ since 1988. He currently teaches classical guitar at St Cuthbert’ College, St Peter’s College and Diocesan School as well as teaching privately. John teaches all ages and levels. He has completed Level One and Two Suzuki guitar teacher training.

Neil Watson

Guitar, E-Bass

Guitar, E-Bass

With twenty years experience as a professional musician, performer and music tutor, Neil continues to perform and record with a huge array of national and international artists spanning a wide variety of musical genres. He has performed with jazz masters such as Michael Brecker, Diane Shuur and Mike Nock along with pop artists such as The Finn Brothers, Anika Moa, Randy Crawford and most recently Tami Neilson. Along with his teaching, sideman duties, musical theatre, recording and TV session work he continues to develop his unique hybrid style as a solo artist through varying performances, practices, recordings and line-ups.

Josiah Carr

Drums/Percussion

Drums/Percussion

Josiah is a composer, conductor and performer based in Auckland, New Zealand. He has just finished his masters degree in composition studying with Leonie Holmes, and has had the opportunity to work with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, NZ Trio and ACE Brass Trio along with many other performers and ensembles throughout the country. He has also performed professionally with some of NZ’s best ensembles and performers as a percussionist.