Strings Teachers

Liam Brimble

Guitar Teacher

Liam began playing guitar at the age of 10 and is now a very skilled and experienced musician. He attended Northside Christian College and is a current student at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where he is completing a Bachelor of Music degree majoring in Popular Music. Since 2018, Liam has also been working in his spare time as a session guitarist, songwriter and recording artist. He has recently written and produced his own instrumental guitar EP and is currently working on an album which is due to be released in late 2020. He works with various ensembles and bands at the Conservatorium and regularly performs at live music venues around Brisbane. Liam was heavily involved in his school music program and played lead guitar and rhythm guitar in a variety of genres including Classical, Jazz, Rock and Musical Theatre. He is a very accomplished musician with the ability to read charts, improvise and perform any piece of music with precision, consistency and skill. He is a great communicator and has been responsible for overseeing bands and the arrangements they play. Liam also acted as a voluntary mentor to younger school students as they developed as guitarists, and he undertook work experience at JMC Music Academy in 2017. Liam is an innovative and dedicated guitarist who seeks to bring out the best in others and is passionate about helping them to achieve their musical goals.

Mya Whatson

Cello Teacher

Mya has been studying the piano for 14 years and the cello for 11 years. She began learning piano at the Queensland Young Conservatorium at the age of 5 under renowned pianist Angela Turner and cello at age 8 under the tutelage of esteemed cellist Mei-Lee Stocker. Mya graduated from All Hallows' School in 2018, and within that time, she became a five-time recipient of the St Celine Memorial Trophy- an award given to the highest achiever in the school's inter-school music eisteddfod. She is a prize winner of the Queensland Piano Competition and she was chosen with her piano duet partner to represent the Queensland Young Conservatorium in the Australian Piano Duo Festival Finale Concert in 2016. She was the Associate Principal Cellist of the Queensland Youth Orchestra Junior String Ensemble at 10 years old (2011) and accepted into Queensland Youth Orchestra 3 the following two years. Mya was also the Principal Cellist of the Queensland Young Conservatorium String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra from 2017-2018, and Principal Cellist of the Queensland Young Conservatorium Chamber Ensemble in 2017. She has been granted a distinction for both her Certificate of Music (CMusA) in cello and her Associate of Music (AMusA) in piano. Mya was also accepted into the Manhattan School of Music Summer School in New York City (2018). Afterwards, she was offered a four-pronged scholarship to study a double-major in cello and piano by the University of Queensland (2018) and is now studying a Bachelor of Music majoring in Piano at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Charlotte Scanlan

Double Bass Teacher

Charlotte has been studying the double bass since the age of 11 and has been teaching for the past 2 years. Charlotte is a keen orchestral musician, participating in ensembles at the Young Conservatorium (2017-2019) as well as the Queensland Youth Symphony (2020) and the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp (2020). In 2018 Charlotte travelled to Italy to participate in technique master classes with highly regarded Italian double bassists Mirella Vedeva and Francesco Petracchi. Now studying a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium under the tutelage of Marian Heckenberg and Dusan Walkowics, Charlotte is a passionate and knowledgeable musician who hopes that, through teaching, she can pass on her love and passion for the bass.

Ashleigh Whatson

Violin Teacher

Ashleigh began studying the violin at 8 years old and has been a participant in various orchestras including Queensland Youth Orchestra, a world-class orchestra based in Brisbane, the Young Conservatorium program in the String Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra, the senior string quartet and the most advanced level ensemble at All Hallows’ School. She has also been invited to participate in masterclasses and concerts by renowned violinists hosted by the  Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Ashleigh has had a broad musical background which includes studying piano from the age of 4. She has obtained many medals and trophies for winning various competitions including both the Beenleigh and Brisbane Eisteddfods and All Hallows’ School Arts Festival for a number of years. In the future, Ashleigh hopes to continue to build her passion for music through teaching others her love for both the violin and piano.

Rosie Breedt

Viola Teacher

Rosie Breedt has been studying and teaching for many years. First starting on viola at age 9, Rosie has completed AMEB exams up to and including grade 8, has a wide range of performance experience from eisteddfods since age 12, and has been passionately teaching for the past 4 years. Rosie has also been learning piano since she was 12 years old, and has completed AMEB grade 7, and has been teaching beginner piano for the past year. Now studying at the Queensland Conservatorium in her first year, Rosie is an energetic and knowledgable teacher who loves to watch students embark on their own music journey.

Tom Blennerhassett

Guitar Teacher

Tom began studying the guitar at age 7 and by age 10, he had started working in a music store two days a week, surrounding himself with what he loved most- guitars. During high school, Tom immersed himself in guitar as much as possible, through participating in school bands all throughout primary and high-school, from old school covers to blues, metal and everything in between! Now, 14 years on, he is still fuelled by the same passion he found when he was young, composing music for various projects, gigging and most importantly - loving every second of it! Tom has gained a lot of valuable experience, having taught for many years, and aims to pass on his knowledge and love for the guitar to his students.

Kristelle Jaimes

Violin Teacher

Kristelle has been studying the violin for 15 years. She completed her grade 8 AMEB violin exam in 2016 and has a lot of experience playing in orchestras such as the Queensland Youth Orchestra where she was Concert Master of QYO2 in 2018. Kristelle was offered a position in both the University of Queensland as well as the Queensland Conservatorium of music to study music. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Harrison Staines

Electric Bass Teacher

Harry has been playing and studying the electric bass for many years, and is now a student at the Queensland Conservatorium studying a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Popular Music. Over the years, Harry has formed a deep and knowledgeable understanding about bass and has the ability to play and improvise in a wide array of genre, ranging from rock, pop, folk, country and blues, to Soul, Funk, Motown, RnB, and Disco. He has had the opportunity to play for many artists and bands, which has lead him to play all across Brisbane from large venues in the Valley, to festivals such as the EKKA. He has also won a few 'Battle of the Bands' competitions, 'Best Bassist' awards. He has a strong passion for everything bass and loves seeing people grow and engage with the instrument and music.

 
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