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Teaching Staff - Strings

Helen Ayres

Helen Ayres is a Doctoral graduate of the University of Melbourne and founding member of Seraphim Trio. She has appeared as guest with numerous Australian small ensembles including Flinders Quartet, Syzygy, the Australian Octet and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. After spending two years living in London and studying pedagogy at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Helen has now returned to Adelaide to teach violin at Elder Conservatorium’s Centre for Young Musicians.

While living in London Helen performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestra. As part of these orchestras she performed across England, Scotland, Germany, Austria and China. Closer to home, Helen is a past member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and has performed as guest principal with Orchestra Victoria and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

With Seraphim Trio Helen has regularly performed at various festivals including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide French Festival, the Peninsular Summer Music Festival and in 2013, Opera Australia’s Ring Festival in Melbourne. Seraphim has recorded numerous CDs for ABC Classics and are currently part way through a series of trio recordings for ABC Classic FM titled The History of the Piano Trio.

Dr Oliver Fartach-Naini

Oliver Fartach-Naini is one of Australia's leading exponents of the classical guitar. His pioneering ventures across Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA range from Persian art music to his award winning Deutsche Grammophon CD ‘Winter Journey’ with Richard Yongjae O'Neill (viola) and Lee Song-Ou (guitar). He has recorded 11 CDs for Deutsche Grammophon, Kreuzberg Records, Acoustic Music Records, Credia Classics and Ethnoclassics.

Edition Margaux created the Collection Oliver Fartach-Naini for pieces, which composers from all over the world have written for Oliver and his ensembles. For the AMEB he published 7 graded repertoire books and curated a 1000 work repertoire list in 2011.

A featured artist of LaBella strings, Oliver holds degrees from the ‘University of the Arts Berlin’ and the Academy of Music and Theatre ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ in Leipzig. Oliver is lecturer at the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music where he recently completed a PhD.

Lyndon Gray

Lyndon Gray is an Adelaide bassist and composer who has recently completed a PhD. exploring South Indian rhythmic devices and their integration into jazz. Lyndon has performed with many elite Australian jazz musicians including Stephen Magnusson, Julien Wilson, James Muller, David Ades, Lucky Oceans, Scott Tinkler, Ted Vining, Tony Gould, Zac Hurren, Paul Grabowsky, Sam Keevers, Ross Irwin, Gerard Masters, Paul McNamara, Hugh Stuckey, Matthew Sheens and Gian Slater.

Since 2009 he has led the group The New Cabal which has become an Adelaide institution through performing their original music every week for the last nine years at their regular venue, La Boheme. This group has also backed John Riley (USA) and Joel Frahm (USA). Lyndon has also won two ARIA awards as a member of the folk/alternative country group The Audreys.

Heather Lander

Heather Lander graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance. Her teachers have included Richard Dedecius, Natalia Pavlutskaya, David Pereira, Susan Blake and Tess Remy-Schumacher.

A versatile performer, Heather plays a variety of musical styles, from rock to classical. She has performed in numerous ensembles from chamber groups to orchestras throughout Australia. Teaching is a passion for Heather. Her students include several successful music scholarship and bursary winners in South Australia.

Heather is a proponent of the Dalcroze method, and has studied with instructors around the world to offer the benefit of this valuable method. She is currently serving on the Dalcroze Australia committee.

Madeline Procopio

Born in Adelaide, Madeline commenced violin lessons at age six, and at age eleven, was accepted into the Elder Conservatorium of Music Single Studies program. Madeline continued her tertiary music studies at the same institution and completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance in 2007. During her time at the Conservatorium, Madeline regularly performed as both concertmaster and soloist with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, she toured as a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra performing in Sydney, Beijing, Shanghai, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and London. In 2011, Madeline completed her Masters in Music Studies with Professor Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

In January 2016, Madeline relocated back to Adelaide to commence a PhD in Music Performance. Her project involves studying and playing the Paganini 24 Caprices from a pedagogical perspective. The project explores the technical and music challenges of the Caprices and seeks to provide solutions to these challenges. Madeline was accepted into her postdoctoral studies under full scholarship and was awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award presented by The University of Adelaide.

In addition to teaching her students, Madeline frequently tutors students from the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and in August 2017 was invited to adjudicate the Adelaide Eisteddfod. She is also a nationally accredited AMEB examiner and a current member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Madeline frequently performs in solo recitals, with visiting artists and members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Andras Tuske

Andras Tuske is a Hungarian born classical guitarist, teacher and composer. He completed his studies in 1993 at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide. He had masterclasses with John Williams, Maximo Pujol, David Tannanbaum, Carlo Barone, Tim Kain and Isolde Schaupp. He has given concerts in Hungary, Germany, England, Austria, Norway, Ukraine, Finland, Italy and Australia. Andras was invited to several international guitar festivals to play and to lecture on guitar teaching, including the Darwin (Australia), Mikulov (Czeh Republic), Esztergom (Hungary) and Encs (Hungary).

Some of his former students are now internationally acclaimed guitarists, including: Sandor Papp, Alexandr Tsiboulski, Matthew Withers, Bradley Kunda and Andrey Lebedev. One of his students, Marcus Kha, won “Most Promising Young Guitarist” award at the 2015 Eisteddfod Competition. Andras is a former university lecturer and the funder/artistic director of the South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble (SAYGE). He was invited to teach at the Adelaide Guitar Festival Summer School (2016).

Julian Ferraretto

Australian born Julian Ferraretto is a highly experienced workshop leader, music educator and performer. As a workshop leader Julian has directed projects for leading organisations in Australia and internationally, including the London Music Master’s Bridge Project, Wigmore Hall Learning, the Adelaide Festival, and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Learning Program. In this role, Julian has helped people of all ages to engage with music creatively, including young children, adults, workshops in hospitals and with gifted and talented students. Julian also has experience working with tertiary level music students at the Elder Conservatorium of Music (Adelaide) and Goldsmith’s University (London).

As a performer, Julian has an international reputation for his virtuosic and melodically charged violin improvisational style. He has performed with many of the UK’s leading contemporary jazz and world music bands including the Neil Cowley Trio, Natacha Atlas’s Mazeeka Ensemble, Eska Mtungwazi, Robert Mitchell’s Panacea and Wigmore Hall Learning’s Ignite Ensemble. Julian has played at all the major jazz festivals in Europe including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Festival and London Jazz Festival. Julian has also recently appeared as a soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

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