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London, England, I moved to Singapore at the age of seven, where I began
piano lessons at the Victor Doggett Music Studio. My parents and I
returned to London a few years later. I was lucky enough to
continue my piano studies with Valerie Pardon, a professor of piano at
the Royal Academy of Music (RAM). Under Valerie's guidance, I
successfully auditioned as a Junior Exhibitioner at the RAM.
Valerie also encouraged me to swap schools in order to further my
all-round music education - from a state secondary school to a very
music-inclined grammar school - The Latymer School, Edmonton.
I auditioned for both the Royal College of Music and the RAM and was offered a place at each. However, I considered the RAM my "home" and accepted that place.
At the Academy, I spent a lot of time accompanying other students. I
loved working with the sound and quality of different instruments and
voices, the variety of repertoire, and the musicians' contrasting
personalities. As an accompanist, I enjoyed
providing support and being creative with someone else. Instead of
heading to the bar for a drink, I'd rush to a practice room with a fellow
musician, to try out a new piece - what a nerd!
After travelling and
living in various countries, I am now
a proud Australian citizen. I moved to Hobart in 1997, where my
musical activities included: resident pianist at Hadleys Hotel; accompanist at St Virgil’s College and Fahan School;
founder and musical director of the
gospel choir (Tasmania’s only originals
choir) and of the
Hobart Jazz Choir; composer (commissions include: Tasmanian A Cappella Festival, Tasmanian Three Peaks Race);
arranger; teacher, mentor and coach; Musician In Residence at the
Moonah Arts Centre; and facilitator of the
series of concerts at Hadleys Hotel.