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Come and perfect your skills while learning about the art of ensemble playing. Over the five days we will work on warm-ups, sight reading, balance, breathing exercises, chamber music skills and more while playing through lots of music from a wide range of styles in a fun and relaxed environment. With dynamic duo Suzanne and Alexei at the helm, it’s bound to be a highly enjoyable and rewarding week!
Suzanne is a Sydney-based performer and educator. She completed a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium where she majored in flute performance, studying with Geoffrey Collins, Principal flute of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Suzanne graduated in 2012 with first class honours. Suzanne has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Sydney Youth Orchestra, and the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute. Suzanne is a passionate music educator, and completed a Graduate Diploma of Education in 2014. Since 2011, Suzanne has been hired as an educator by the Arts Unit, a division of the Department of Education.
Her roles at the Arts Unit include being current flute tutor for several of their instrumental ensembles as well as teaching at state music camps and on interstate and international tours. In May this year Suzanne will be Tour Manager for the Arts Unit’s jazz orchestra and stage band tour to Port Macquarie. In 2014 Suzanne was invited to be a guest conductor at the Primary Proms, conducting 300 primary school choral students at the Sydney Town Hall. Suzanne is the current flute tutor at Fort Street High School.
A keen vocalist, Suzanne also sings with Vox, the youth choir of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. With Vox she has performed in several concerts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, in the studio with Lior and Nigel Westlake, at the state service for former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam OAM, and with the Rolling Stones during their 2014 Australian Tour.
Suzanne is currently completing a Master of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium, and is the recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship. She is studying with Emma Sholl, Associate Principal flute of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Alexei Dupressoir began his clarinet studies at the age of nine and then later attended the Sydney Conservatorium High School where he studied under Mark Walton. He continued his tertiary studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where his teachers were Francesco Celata, Peter Jenkin and Catherine McCorkill, completing a Bachelor of Music Degree with First Class Honours and a Master of Music Studies.
Alexei has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
He has been a member of the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, SBS Youth Orchestra and all the Sydney Conservatorium symphony and chamber orchestras. Alexei took part in the Australian Youth Orchestra's international tour in 2013 and in the same year was selected for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program in conjunction with AYO. In 2014, Alexei was the Clarinet Fellow with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's prestigious Fellowship program.
Alexei has participated in various European summer schools including the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena with Alessandro Carbonare, Voksenasen Summer Academy in Oslo with Björn Nyman and Andreas Sundén and Music Alp Festival in France with Romain Guyot.
Alexei is currently on trial with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Bass Clarinet. Check out these YouTube links!