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School director, principal piano teacher, early childhood                                             program supervisor

 Anna Damayanti

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.

 Queenie Pang 

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 Hadap

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.   


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.

Fei Xie

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?



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