Sami Florian: French
Anna Damayanti : Preschooler music
And more instrumental teachers coming still! Keep an eye for our new individual classes.
Flute: Errika Katon
Singing: Jacquelyn Koh
School director, principal piano teacher, early childhood program supervisor
Anna started piano at age 6 in Lyon, France. After some years in Indonesia, she continued her piano studies during her high school years back in France, in the Conservatoriums of Lyon and Paris. The next 6 years, she completed her studies under Professor Zinaida Ignatieva at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatorium, Russia. She graduated in 2001 and migrated to Australia, where she completed a Masters of Performance at Sydney Conservatorium. During that time, she received various scholarships as a reward for her excellent results and performances. Anna is also a winner of several European competitions, and played extensively in recitals whilst in Europe and Indonesia, and later in Sydney. Anna has been very involved in accompaniment work with professional singers, choirs, orchestras and school musicals, as well as playing chamber music and giving masterclasses. Since arriving in Sydney, Anna has worked with the Waverley Randwick Philharmonic Choir, taught at St. Catherine, Wenona and Santa Sabina girls' schools, while also expanding her private piano studio, which now became Appassionato Music Academy. Her students range from pre-schoolers to senior retirees, with several successful candidates for the Conservatorium High School, Sydney Conservatorium, and UNSW Music course. She also regularly prepares students for HSC Music 1, 2 and Extension, and the Encore performances. Together with performing, teaching is Anna's passion. She has been teaching since she was 13 years old, and she now gives opportunities for younger teachers and mentors them with work experience in her studio. For the past few years, Anna is also an approved private piano tutor for UNSW Bachelor of Music students. Since having her children, Anna has given a lot of attention to the education of babies with music. She is also a Suzuki teacher, and she is completing a Bachelor of Early Childhood.
A graduate of Sydney Girls High School, Queenie completed her AMusA in piano performance in 2012. She also received Honours in AMEB 6th grade musicianship, which is the required equivalent written component in receiving LMusA practical. From 2012-2014, she taught students from SGHS on music history, general knowledge and aural skills, a crucial component in AMEB practical exams, as well as AMEB music theory and musicianship.
Queenie has also been assisting HSC music students with composition, performance and essay writing at SGHS, after ranking 2nd internally and achieving full marks in HSC Music 2 and Music extension respectively. From this, it allowed her to further her teaching experience and share her knowledge and passion in music, and she hopes to continue to share this with eager musicians.
Andrei is a piano teacher and performer actively involved in recitals and performances in Australia and overseas; his most notable being his performance of Brahms' 1st Piano Concerto with the Penrith Symphony Orchestra. He is completing his Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium with Stephanie McCallum, where he is the recipient of multiple university awards. Andrei brings his wealth of experience into his teaching approach, catered to the individual student ranging from young beginners to advanced students.
MMus.Studies (Performance), BMus (Performance), AMusA
Sophia received two scholarships throughout her study for bachelor and master degrees at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, under the tutelage of Nikolai Evrov, chamber music under Gerard Willems and Dr Bernadette Harvey. She also has a passion for early music and has studied harpsichord and fortepiano under Dr Neal Peres da Costa. She has performed extensively for masterclasses, solo and chamber music concerts throughout Sydney.
As well as performing, Sophia immensely enjoys teaching. She understands and accommodates the student's interests, and has rich experiences teaching with the NSW music syllabus or for pleasure, combined with aural skills and theory training. Her students have shown commendable results in auditions for universities and AMEB exams. Currently she teaches in Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School and the Conservatorium Open Academy.
Sami Navarro Florian
Sami is a professional French and Spanish teacher, now based in Sydney with almost a decade of experience. Sami has a university degree in Philology, majoring in French and Spanish. He is also very passionate about painting, having done professional artwork on various medium. He is experienced teaching a range of students, including children, teenagers, and adults.
Luca is an Italian guitarist with 20 years stage experience and 10 years as teacher.He played in different bands ranging from Rock to Pop, to Samba, to Classical, to Jazz. He is very accomplished at the electric guitar, and can also sing and play acoustic, nylon, bass or synth guitar and percussion.
Having strong IT skills, he digitized music manuscripts published by major book editing companies.
He’s been helping students from 7 to 70 years old to improve their abilities, developing their knowledge and aural, growing their passion for music and guitar. His students are pushed to focus on playing and, trying to keep the fun, to enhance a wide range of topics such as scales, chords, modes, rhythm, timing, effects, theory, solfege, harmony and ensemble.
His idea of teaching has three main roots: to play in as many bands, gigs and concerts as possible; to constantly be a student himself; to keep learn bits of every other instrument.
Favorite quote: "We don't stop playing because we grow old: we grow old because we stop playing." (George Bernard Shaw)
He is currently studying at the JMC Academy in Ultimo and will achieve a bachelor degree by September 2019.
Malaysian born Jacquelyn started her musical journey from the tender age of 4. She completed her Bachelor of Honours in Performance at UCSI Institute of Music in Malaysia under the tutelage of Chee Su Yen and Yong Sue Yi with a partial UCSI University Trust Scholarship. She graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Music Performance studying with Alexandra Vinokurov and Australian concert pianist Gerard Willems from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
She furthered her piano studies with a Master in Music (Performance) and she is currently under the tutelage of Dr Paul Rickard-ford. Jacquelyn has been in masterclasses, competitions and performances as a solo performer, piano accompanist and chamber musician.
Jacquelyn also has an interest in singing and she began voice lessons during her undergraduate studies with Rachel Tan Cheng Suan. She completed Trinity vocal grade 8 exam and received an Intermediate Performance Certificate. She has continued her voice lessons with Anke Hoeppner-Ryan, the Opera Australia soprano. She has been actively involved as a chorister and received awards from numerous international choral competitions, performing with several choral productions including the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jacquelyn has years of experiences in teaching piano (one-to-one and group class), and vocal and choir ensembles. Her focus is in teaching AMEB, ABRSM and Trinity examinations. She emphasises the importance of technique, the student’s understanding of music and she encourages the development of an individual’s musicality. She is attentive to the needs of different students by providing an ideal teaching and learning experience.
Fei started piano in his teenager years as a self – taught pianist. His journey into the classical music world began when he saw an anime about piano which ignited his passion for piano. For the next one and a half years he practised piano all the time except for sleep, dinner and homework. He made it to the AMPA within 3 years where
he achieved the Bachelor of Music Performance under the guidance of Quang Hong Luu.
His philosophy is: 1% talent, 99% hard work, if you’re willing to work hard for anything you want in life, it will reward you with what you want. He carries this life philosophy into his teaching approach: even if you’re extremely talented but do not work hard for what you want, you will never reach there. I’m willing to work hard. Are you?
Annabelle has many years experience as a piano and music theory teacher, and is also a regular exam and concert accompanist and performer. She is completing her dual Bachelor of Music/Media degree at the University of New South Wales. During her studies she received high accolades in competition such as the Sutherland Shire Eisteddfod, and has performed original works in concert as well as recorded music for Sydney-based composers. She has a CMus (piano) from the AMEB.
Annabelle develops student learning plans on individual basis and encourages her musicians to develop wide proficiencies. These comprise core music theory and history, sight reading and aural skills, and practical components involving technique, fluency, tone, dynamic control, rhythmic aptitude and pedalling. She also has experience educating students with learning difficulties, and is familiar with the Orff, Kodaly and Kinderbeat methods of teaching. Her students make up a vast scope of ages and levels of musical experience. She foremost values their enjoyment and motivation within the learning space, and does her best to provide them with knowledge at a pace and style suitable to their development.