B.musa (Hons) Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Piano Teacher, Cello Teacher & Composition (songwriting) and Musicianship Tutor.
AMEB grades and musicianship more than welcome
mob: 0431 225 279
Jason Pestana, BMus (Hons), performer, composer, teacher, grew up in Sydney’s Inner West in the early nineties. Beginning his musical career in Piano and Cello during his early schooling, Jason later took up Vocals and formal composition; incorporating his early instrumental education into his solo works. Whilst studying at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, Jason has performed and showcased a diverse array of solo and group works in such varied styles as Jazz, Cabaret, Rock, Folk, Classical and New music, to name a few.
Chiefly a composer-performer, Jason’s stylistic roots are spread widely across a diverse array of genres, movements and styles. Compositionally he has studied under such names as Anne Boyd, Michael Smetanin Trevor Pierce, and Nigel Butterly. Completing his BMus(Hons) at Syndey Universities Conservatorium of Music in 2011. During his early academic career Jason studied Early music with Winsome Evans, and vocal technique with soprano Wendy Dixon.
Some of Jason’s compositional work has been premiered at The Melbourne Fringe Festival ( Don’t hate us cause we’re good 2007, Turn of the Screw, 2008) and the Kammerklang’s emerging composers competition (Konichuy 2008, Beginning of the end 2008)
An early influence, Heather Stratfold, encouraged Jason’s love and passion for Western Classical music. Under Heather, Jason studied solo works and concertos as part of his advanced cello repertoire; Bach, Haydn, Lalo and Elgar to name a few. This early training has influenced Jason’s own compositional oeuvre.
Jason’s collaboration with folk guitarist Hamish Richardson, formerly of renowned Australian band Brother, is another significant stylistic influence for Jason . This collaboration saw the performance of Richardson’s work at South Coast Sydney’s Milton Theatre.
Deriving his performative style from a combination of solo works and collaboration with up and coming Sydney bands: Neo-Psychadelia trio, The Brokedown Engines, and Blues Rock ensemble, The Nice Folk. Jason’s contributes to both groups compositionally through keyboard, vocals and cello.
In 2007 Jason began teaching private music tuition in Cello, Piano and composition privately, and at South East Sydney’s Marist College . This experience has been vital in convening his 2010 compositional seminars at Sydney’s St. Ursula’s girls college. The experience has provided Jason with advanced pedagogical technique and experience in a large format educational setting.
More recently Jason has been further developing his own compositional voice. Collaborating with a variety of performers, session musicians and lyricists to create a body of work that is artistically individual and continually being refined and honed. Jason aspires to develop a professional composition portfolio whilst working and studying abroad.
These details were last updated on September 19, 2016