Athol Holdernesse commenced his tertiary studies under the tutelage of Hal Hall, Eric Bryce, Ted Netllebeck and Sylvan Elhay at the Elder Conservatorium S.A.C.A.E. He commenced Instrumental teaching with the South Australian Department of Education in 1990 and the Victorian Department of Education and Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE in 1992; was signed to Mercury/Polydor records in the 1980s and has performed extensively in Chamber, Classical and Jazz settings in Australia and Europe.
NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited Music Teacher - HSC Music1, Music 2 and Ext. Music
ABODA Accredited conductor
Working with Children Clearance (WWCC)