Viola training in the European tradition
Skill Level: beginner to undergraduate
Suitability: Ages 6 years and up
Since returning to Australia in 2005, Yuri has established a busy and successful private teaching practice with students coming for weekly lessons across the South East Queensland region. His beginner students are known for their excellence nationally, and in Singapore, Japan, the UK and Finland. Since 2008, Yuri and his students have received invitations to give presentations at tertiary music institutions (Qld & Sydney Conservatoria, the Australian National University, and the Taiwan National University of the Arts) and for professional associations (Australian String Teachers Association in Qld, ACT & WA, the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia in NSW and Vic and the International Kodaly Society). In 2012, Yuri assisted, taught and presented at the 23rd International Colourstrings Teacher Training Course at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London.
Over the past 25 years, of Yuri’s violin/viola students who have auditioned for the various Queensland Youth Orchestra groups, 100% have been successful. It is a curious thing that several of Yuri’s VIOLIN students have held the Principal VIOLA positions in QYO2 and QYO3. Some have successfully placed in QYSO (QYO1) while still at Primary School. Over the past 25 years, many of Yuri’s Primary School students have applied for entry to Brisbane State High School, and it is to their individual and collective credit that every single one (more than 20) has been awarded a place. Again, of Yuri’s Primary School students who have applied for fee-reduction scholarships at various private Secondary Schools, all have been successful. A significant proportion of Yuri’s violin/viola students are the children of professional musicians, music educators or good amateur musicians.
Yuri has had a long-standing interest in instruments and bows, and he insists on a high standard of set-up of his own and his students’ instruments. All of Yuri’s students play on instruments that are considered by top players and instrument makers to be very well set up, while still being inexpensive instruments. A number of Yuri’s more advanced younger students have small-sized hand-crafted violin bows commissioned from specialist bowmakers.
In Finland, Yuri was guest violin teacher at the Kuhmo Music Institute (google Kuhmo and music) where he was also Artistic Director of the XI Prima Nota International Festival for Children’s String Orchestras in 2004-05. Prior to this, he held the position of String Co-ordinator for the former Berkshire Young Musicians Trust in Windsor in the UK. He has been a former staff member at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music – Griffith University, and at the University of Southern Queensland. When Colourstrings founder, Géza Szilvay visited Australia in 2010, he declared that “Yuri has NO bad students”. Yuri has made 10 visits to Finland since 1999 to study and observe Colourstrings in action at the East Helsinki Music Institute. As Director of Colourstrings Australia, he regularly engages in collaboration with leading Australian Colourstrings teachers including David Banney, Rod & Celia Egerton, Judy Fromyhr and Helen Holt. Yuri is acknowledged by his peers here and overseas as one of the foremost second generation Colourstrings teachers. A number of his former students have continued their studies at tertiary level at the following institutions: Queensland Conservatorium, University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, Australian National University, University of Tasmania, Royal College of Music, Chichester University, Sorbonne, Stockholm Conservatory, Oulu University, Sibelius Academy.
As a professional violinist/violist, Yuri has performed as a member of the Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and the former Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra. In the UK, he freelanced widely. In Finland he was Concertmaster of the Lentua Sinfonietta. More recently Yuri has appeared as Principal Viola of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and Concertmaster of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, and as a violinist/violist in Brisbane’s Camerata of St Johns. He is one of the longest standing members of the Queensland Pops Orchestra. Yuri believes very strongly that instrument teachers should maintain professional performing activity.
These details were last updated on January 23, 2016