Calista has studied music ever since the age of four, and has performed internationally and locally in both singing and piano. Throughout the years, she has performed numerously at the Sydney Opera House and in concert halls, and has also been given the opportunity to perform internationally since 2010. Additionally, she has accompanied over 200 school choirs and orchestras in many recital halls.
She has completed tertiary studies under Associate Professor Stephanie McCallum at the Sydney Conservatorium of Sydney, and has won various piano eisteddfods since the age of nine. She has obtained over 70 prizes from piano competitions such as St George Eisteddfod, Sydney Eisteddfod and Sutherland Shire Eisteddfod. In 2012, she was successful in winning the first prize instrumental award and elected as the winner of ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the Sutherland Shire and St George Youth Music Awards. In 2015, she was the first prize winner of the ‘Pianoforte Romantic Open Age Award’, ‘Instrumental Duet Award’ and ‘Pianoforte Open Age Award’ at the Sutherland Shire Eisteddfod. She has also recorded with radio stations such as 2MBS.FM on numerous occasions, and has also been selected to take part in master classes with world renowned pianists including Ian Munro, Orli Shaham and Professor Zikovic. A heavy believer in assisting the wider community, Calista has participated in many volunteer works by teaching primary and high school students as well as performing in aged care homes.
As a dedicated teacher, Calista has a strong passion for teaching. She believes each student has their own unique desires and ways of communication, and in doing so, she loves working individually with each student, and helping them achieve their personal aims in music. She takes great pleasure in inspiring her students to enjoy performing and playing music, and watching them grow to their full potential. Calista not only focuses upon developing a student’s musical expression, but also aims toward helping students with their aural and theory skills. For this reason, her lessons are often an amalgamation of aural, theory and practical skills.
In an interview, Calista articulated her pedagogical methods as: “As Beethoven once wisely said; “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and knowledge.” By performing and immersing ourselves in music, we are given the rare opportunity to express our feelings and explore our imagination. In order for students to appreciate and understand music, I believe it is integral that different learning processes are used during lessons. I aim to teach my students to not only be a performer, but to also be a musician.”