Extensive experience with concert/recital level collaborative piano, exams (tertiary, diplomas, AMEB, ABRSM, Trinity), HSC 2 (+ extension), competitions, Eisteddfods, auditions, awards. Accompaniment/collaborative piano for solo vocal, stringed instruments, brass, woodwind, two piano/concertos, ensembles (trios, quartets, choirs, instrumental ensembles). Experienced chamber musician and repetiteur who has recorded with renowned concert artists and performed chamber music internationally. I also offer professional development for musicians and teachers (particularly piano as a second instrument for voice and instrumental teachers). Suitable students who have worked with me regularly, have been awarded at competitions and achieved fine HSC and assessment results.
I’m an Australian performance practice specialist and chamber musician who maintains an artistic practice as a concert pianist, concert organist and composer on the national and international scene (www.mariawelna.com). My pianistic pedigree can be traced to world-renowned music conservatories, and a number of concert artists/professors. Furthermore, as a performance practice specialist, I specialise in the golden age of pianism and its concert-virtuoso tradition.
I'm a member of the Accompanists' Guild of NSW.
Rehearsals are available in studio (Lugarno/Peakhurst) for performances in these areas and Sydney CBD. Associate artist performances may be available for larger projects. If you're interested in working with me the best way to arrange a booking is to email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 0433309707.
Please include information such as your location, time of exam/performance, your instrument and list of pieces. Unfortunately, I am not available for short-notice accompaniment so please let me know ahead of time. Full recital and multiple piece programs are welcome but please ensure appropriate notice and number of rehearsals.
For exams and auditions the in studio/rehearsal rate for Sydney is $85 for a 60 minute rehearsal. For advanced grades the rehearsal fee starts from $95 per 60 min lesson (diplomas and professional levels will be quoted). There is also a performance fee at or above rehearsal rate, depending on the level of your exam and how many rehearsals you will have. There is a 1hr minimum call out for both rehearsals and exams (30 min sessions aren't available). The Guild recommends at least two/three rehearsals before the day (for earlier grades). Multiple rehearsals and longer times of study apply for diplomas/advanced grades/multiple piece programs. Lessons with an associate artist will give you invaluable preparation for the assessment/performance.