Our Viola Teachers
Ana Maria Rojas Leal
Ana Maria Began her musical studies in violin at the age of 6.
The violin and later viola became her main instruments which she has participated in different scenarios as a performer, an orchestral interpreter and a teacher.
Ana Maria was performing as a concert Violinist in the Young Orchestra Symphonic of Colombia for the tree years. Later she began her professional studies at University of the Andes. Further, Ana Maria has continued her studies as an international exchange to University of Cuba, where she learned improvisation as well as improved her skills in the instruments.
In 2013, Ana Maria participated in a concert's cycle with the Colombian Symphonic Orchestra.
Ana Maria began to teach violin and viola in 2013 at the University of the Andes and after that with Batuta foundation and with the music programs of the Capital City. In 2018, Ana Maria taught violin and viola at the Pedagogic University of Colombia. She conducted a children orchestra during 2019.
Ana Maria enjoying teaching children as well as adult students. Ana Maria is focusing on developing individual sound in every student. She can combine teaching methods such as Traditional and Suzuki to better accommodate the student.Patience and encouragement are her best qualities as a teacher.
If grade exams are the main goal for the individual, Ana Maria is comfortable to teach AMEB, ABRSM and the other syllabuses.
Having begun his musical journey on the violin at age 6, Harry is a classically trained violinist with more than 15 years of experience and is currently finishing his musical education at the Melbourne University Conservatory of Music, specializing in performance under the tutelage of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra violinist Oksana Thompson and professional solo violist, Wenhong Luo.
In 2018 as concertmaster of String Ensemble and Orchestra, Harry graduated St Michael's Grammar School with the Anne Jones Memorial Prize for Instrumental Music and is currently the recipient of multiple Corinna D'Hage String Scholarships at the University of Melbourne while being a member of the University Symphony Orchestra and multiple Chamber Quartets, playing both Violin and Viola.
Harry has performed orchestral, chamber and solo works at major concert venues including Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, the NGV, Deakin Edge and Iwaki Auditorium. Experienced in a wide range of repertoire, from 18th century baroque music, to the romance of Tchaikovsky in the 19th, and through to musical theatre of the present, Harry's experience in a vast range of musical styles in both solo and collaborative manners, has cultivated his love and passion for music as a whole Funneling that passion for music, Harry's teaching aims to provide an outlet for musical expression supported by a stable technical foundation, facilitated by learning that is informative as it is engaging, making sure each and every student knows what they're practicing and what goals they attain, whether it be technical dexterity, quality of sound, or musical expression.
The end goal for every student is not only the development of technical ability and expression, but also encouraging a warm learning environment which fosters a greater love for music and being able to express it through each student's performance. Whether it be for leisure, or for AMEB exams, each student will reach their desired level of proficiently at their own pace and understand and most importantly, enjoy what they play.
With over 3 years teaching experience, Ally loves sharing the joy of playing violin and/or viola.
Ally began learning violin from the age of 4 from Ann Roffe, a student of Adelaide prodigy Lyndall Hendrickson.
Growing up in Gippsland, Ally travelled to participate in programs such as the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and Border Music Camp, as well as competing in local Eisteddfods. Ally has since completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne, studying viola under Simon Oswell and playing in the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, including touring to Singapore and Shanghai. She was also accepted into the Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp in 2018 on viola. Professionally, Ally has played for Melbourne Opera, various musical theatre shows and loves playing as a chamber musician at weddings and events.
Allys teaching style stems from everything she has learned from her former teachers. This includes choosing pieces to suit the individual student so they can improve the techniques they need at that time. She is enthusiastic and especially loves working with kids, bringing stories to the music and a focus on having fun while learning the important techniques of playing a string instrument.