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).
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 myself 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 (Hurstville/Mortdale area) or in your home (St George, Sutherland Shire-subject to availability) for performances in these areas and Sydney CBD. Interstate and regional associate artist performances may be available for larger projects. If you’re interested in working with me the best way to initially get in touch is via email or text (we respond promptly). We can then arrange a phone chat. 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 very welcome but please ensure appropriate notice.
For exams and auditions the in studio/in your home rehearsal rate is $85 for a 60 minute rehearsal. For 8th grade and above as well as diploma levels the rehearsal fee starts from $90 per 60 min lesson. 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 a minimum of two/three rehearsals before the day, and you may need a longer time of study for diplomas/advanced grades/or in your particular situation. Lessons with an associate artist will give you invaluable preparation for the assessment/performance.