A post-graduate student of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Marleen is completing her Masters of Music Performance in the class of Georg Pedersen, where her thesis will investigate the effect of ensemble on pedagogical development and motivation in adult beginner cellists. She has studied abroad in France, Austria and Belgium with international cellists Maria Kliegel and Robert Cohen at the 2010 Euro Music Festival. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Nils Korner Memorial Scholarship to the Australian Chamber Music Camp.
A keen educator, Marleen teaches cello and music theory nearly thirty hours a week at her private studio in Parramatta and at Santa Sabina College (Strathfield) under the direction of the infamous Karen Carey. She has previously taught at The Pittwater House School, Shine Music, Carlingford West Primary School and the Sydney Youth Symphony Orchestra. Her students range from primary aged children to adult beginners who periodically form chamber groups and cello ensembles.
Marleen plays on a Dutch cello made in 1790 and a gold mounted Jeffrey Ellis bow.