Martin Lass

  • Trinity College of London Grade 8 Theory
  • ASCM Degree Sydney Conservatorium of Music
  • Trinity College of London LTCL Diploma (violin) with Honours

ACCEPTING NEW, SERIOUS STUDENTS FROM DECEMBER 2020

Mr. Martin Lass is an extremely accomplished teacher in high demand with over 40 years of experience as a professional musician, performer, and teacher.

Education & Qualifications
• Accredited AMEB Examiner (Strings)
• Trinity College of London, LTCL Diploma (violin) with Honours
• Trinity College of London, Theory Grade 8
• Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, A.S.C.M. graduating degree (1976)
• Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, 1971-1978, student of John Gould, Robert Pikler,
and Lim Kek Tjiang
• Full-time member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra

Teaching Experience

• Acting Head of Strings, John Paul College, Daisy Hill (Brisbane), QLD (May 2020 – current)
o Strings Tutor responsibilities, as above
o Administration duties related to Coordinator of Strings position: Responsible for five other string teachers, liaising with string students’ parents, organising string recitals, supervising string exams, overseeing string staff student reports, managing instrument inventory, maintenance, and repair, developing string programme material and lesson plans, etc.

• Strings Tutor, John Paul College, Daisy Hill (Brisbane), QLD (Jan 2018 – May 2020
o Teaching violin and viola, as private lessons and as group lessons
o Responsible for the Beginner Strings Programme (Years 2 and 3)
o Directing, conducting, and arranging for various ensembles including the largest senior string ensemble, Sinfonia

• Acting Head of Strings, John Paul College, Daisy Hill (Brisbane), QLD (Jan 2018 – April 2019)
o Strings Tutor responsibilities, as above
o Administration duties related to Coordinator of Strings position: Responsible for five other string teachers, liaising with string students’ parents, organising string recitals, supervising string exams, overseeing string staff student reports, managing instrument inventory, maintenance, and repair, developing string programme material and lesson plans, etc.

• Strings Tutor, AB Paterson College, Arundel, QLD (2014 – Dec 2017)
o Teaching violin, viola, cello, theory
o Responsible for Year 4 String Program, for directing and conducting various chamber ensembles, and for private tuition

• Strings Tutor, St Stephen’s College, Coomera, QLD (2014 – Dec 2017)
o Teaching violin, viola, cello, theory, composition
o Responsible for Year 3 String Program, for directing, conducting, and arranging for various chamber ensembles and the college orchestra, and for private tuition

• Acting Head of Strings, Cranbrook School, Sydney, Australia (2012 – Dec 2014)
o Teaching violin and viola
o Responsible for directing, conducting, and arranging for senior and junior string ensembles and school orchestra, and for private tuition
o Teaching theory and composition (Y11 & Y12 Music 2 & Music Extension)
o Developing HSC composition programs and tasks (Y11, Y12)
o Developing student assessment templates and rubrics
o Administration of the strings department, liaising with parents, looking after string instrument inventory, etc.

• Head of String Music, St. Joseph’s College, Sydney, Australia (3 years)
o Teaching violin and viola
o Developing and directing Y7-Y8 string program
o Directing and conducting senior string ensemble
o Administration of the strings department, liaising with parents, looking after string instrument inventory, etc.

• Masterclass Series, Australia-wide, for primary school and high school students (yearly tour for over 10 years)

• Artist/Teacher in Residence, Australian International Fiddle Festival (2 separate years)

• Private teacher – Violin, viola, theory, composition (since 1981)

• Association with the Suzuki Talent Association, Sydney, Australia, including featuring Suzuki students in own concerts

Key Skills
• Teaching violin, viola, theory, composition to post-graduate level
• Teaching cello to AMEB Grade 5 level
• Preparing students for AMEB and Trinity College exams to Diploma level, and for tertiary level entry and continuation
• Creating and directing string programs (junior and senior students in the classroom)
• Teaching music theory, composition (senior students in the classroom, as well as privately)
• Directing ensembles and conducting, from small chamber ensembles to string ensembles to full orchestras
• Administration, including overseeing other staff and communicating with parents
• Music arranging, for school ensembles and orchestras
• Sibelius, advanced skills both in use and in teaching the app to students
• Excel, Word, and Outlook, advanced skills

Classical Playing Experience
• Australian Chamber Orchestra – Associate Principal 2nd Violin, Founding Member, 1977-1981
• Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra – Associate Principal 2nd Violin, 2 yrs 1981- 1982
• Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Tutti violin, 1978 – 1998 (permanent casual)
• Soloist – recitals, chamber music, soloist with orchestras, worldwide,1977 - present

Classical Crossover Performing Experience
• Solo career – 1983 to present day, specifically aimed at bringing string music to a larger market by mixing and including all styles of music from classical to gypsy to popular.
• Accolades, Highlights, Achievements
o Three Royal Command Gala Performances for the British Royal Family
o Ten commercially released CDs, including Gold and Platinum sales
o Two Top Ten charting albums on Australian FM radio
o Performed on every major TV show in Australia featuring live entertainment, over 200 appearances
o Performed in every major city and regional centre in Australia
o Corporate functions for IBM, The Australian Government, Toyota, Clarins, etc.
o Music featured in the European TV series, "The Last of the Mohicans"
o 2 successful seasons starring as the Fiddler in "Fiddler on the Roof" in Sydney, Australia
o Headlining Entertainer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Cunard Cruise Lines (QE2), Holland-America Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Radisson Seven Seas Cruising, Silver Seas Cruises, Crystal Cruises and more...

• Awards
o Seven times winner Australian Entertainment Industry "Mo Award"
for Best Instrumentalist
o Variety Club Showman of the Year
o 1992 Recording “One Love” achieved ARIA Gold Album status
o 1999 Recording “The Gypsy Fiddler” nominated for an ARIA Award
o In the Top Ten Artists who consistently draw the largest audiences in the Australian Club Industry

13 Calver Crt
Currumbin Waters, QLD
0432 917 925

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http://www.martinlass.com/

Details last updated on December 5, 2020