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Christopher Bennett

General Details

BMus Performace (Hons), MMus

Christopher holds an Honour’s degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. His principal teachers have been Georg Pedersen, Julian Smiles, and Hans Jorgen Jensen.

Christopher has a decade of teaching experience and has worked for many public and private schools in both Australia and the USA. As a Graduate Assistant, Christopher taught lessons at Northwestern University in Chicago during his Master’s Study. In 2017 he was teaching assistant to Prof. Hans Jorgen Jensen, as well as an assistant chamber music coach, at the Meadowmount School of Music in New York. He has been an orchestral tutor at the Arts Unit of NSW, and in 2014 his quartet was quartet-in-residence at the Scots College for the Credo Festival where he coached several chamber groups. He has worked with students of all ages both individually and in large groups. Christopher has done study in the Orff Schulwerk method of music education, and incorporates aspects of his in his teaching of younger students. He currently maintains a private studio in St Leonards, as well as working as a Music Teaching Artist for the Symphony for Life Foundation, a pioneering youth orchestra program in Western Sydney which provides a free music education and a safe space for disadvantaged and at risk youth.

Throughout his studies Christopher was the recipient of many scholarships and awards including from the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, the PPCA Performers Trust (twice), an Arts Fellowship from Ars Musica Australis, and scholarships from Northwestern University and the Meadowmount School of Music. His studies in Chicago were further made possible because of the generous support of a number of private donors. At Northwestern his quartet won the honours award for their performance of Joan Tower’s “In Memory”

Christopher attended the Meadowmount School of Music on two occasions as a student, and in 2017 as teaching assistant. He completed a month of intensive study with internationally renowned soloist Pieter Wispelwey, and has had chamber music coaching and masterclasses from members of the Tokyo, Dover, Vermeer, and Goldner Quartets, and the Lincoln Trio. He has also played in masterclasses for Lynn Harrell, Li-Wei Qin and Howard Penny.

Christopher was one of the founding members of the Conservatorium Students Association, and sat on several university committees as a student rep. during his undergraduate studies. Christopher sits on two arts boards, Ars Musica, and Arts Initiative Australia, both of which are nonprofit arts foundations dedicated to growing capacity for the arts in Australia with a specific focus on early career artists.

These details were last updated on March 7, 2018