Sophie Curtis - Program Director and Tutor | Cello

Sophie Curtis is in high demand in Western Australia as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral section leader, recording artist and educator. She enjoys a varied freelance career which includes regular performances as Principal Cellist of the Perth Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Darwin Symphony Orchestra. Sophie is founding director of the WA Young Artists Chamber Music Program (WAYACHAMP) which since 2011 has fostered the development of over 500 young Western Australian musicians. She is a chamber music tutor at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She administrates and performs with the Sartory String Quartet, a classical concert based ensemble which she co-founded in 2003, is a regular guest soloist with Freeze Frame Opera and performs baroque cello with Australian Baroque.
Sophie completed her Bachelor of Music with First class Honours at the University of Western Australia under Dr Suzanne Wijsman. Together with her piano trio, Sophie accepted a Fellowship to study at the Norfolk Summer School of Music run by Yale University. The following year Sophie chose to focus on historical performance practise and after a short period of study in Europe, she went on to complete her Master of Music degree in Baroque Cello at UWA.
Highlights in Sophie’s career have included performing concerti with the Perth Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Western Australian Youth Orchestra, touring Europe with the Western Australian Youth Orchestra, performing Peter Sculthorpe’s ‘Requiem for cello alone’ for the composer, engaging in a two month residency (based in regional VIC/NSW) performing and touring with the Sartory String Quartet, performing at the Blackwood River Chamber Music Festival in Bridgetown WA, performing in the Perth seasons of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Mary Poppins’, performing in the Perth International Arts Festival and performing and touring to hundreds of schools across Australia as part of the Musica Viva In Schools Program (between 2004 and 2015). Sophie also enjoys performing in a contemporary setting, accompanying the likes of Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jnr, Diana Krall, and in the orchestra of film composer Hans Zimmer. She enjoys arranging and recording string parts for local singer/song-writer artists.

Katherine Potter - Tutor | Viola

Katherine Potter (formerly Corecig) is a freelance violist and emerging composer with an interesting musical background, having completed Bachelors of Music in both jazz performance (WA Academy of Performing Arts) and classical performance (University of Western Australia, with First-Class Honours, studying under Tzvi Friedl). Katherine has been a member of the Sartory String Quartet since 2003, performing nationally and overseas, and was a 2006 Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist. Katherine has performed as a casual violist with the WA Symphony Orchestra since 2007 and from time to time plays as Principal Violist with the Perth Symphony Orchestra. Katherine has composed concert, film and dance music which has been performed in Australia, the US and Canada, and has a predilection for writing new soundtracks for 1920s silent films. Katherine has been a recipient of two DCA Development Grants and an Australia Council Artstart grant.

Shaun Lee-Chen - Tutor | Violin

Shaun Lee-Chen is a dedicated violin teacher and internationally celebrated performer with a special interest in historical performance and 19th century violin pedagogy. He was a member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) for more than a decade before taking up the position of Artist in Residence at the UWA Conservatorium of Music.
Shaun is the Concertmaster of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (ABO), appointed in 2016, and his soloist credentials include performances with WASO, Queensland Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO).
He has been guest assistant and Associate Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and TSO, and performs regularly with WASO.
In 2015, the ABO’s album ‘Brandenburg Celebrates’, which included Shaun as a featured soloist, was nominated for an Aria Award for Best Classical Album. 

Grace Ah-quee - Tutor | All strings

Grace Ah-quee trained in Sydney : working with the Australian Ballet and Opera Orchestra & recorded for many commercial recordings for film and advertising. Her main passion over the last 2 decades has been presenting and touring chamber music concerts for both Adults and children. She also focuses her life’s professional experience to work as a youth conductor for WAYO and Perth Summer Orchestra Camp.

Grace plays for Perth Symphony Orchestra, Fremantle Chamber Orchestra and Perth Chamber Orchestra and is Director for Perth Summer Orchestra Camp.

Margaret Blades - Tutor | Violin

Margaret Louise Blades has held leading positions with both the Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, and now is frequently invited as a Guest Leader to other orchestras in Australia and Europe. She has appeared as a soloist on numerous occasions, including giving premiere performances of new works by Australian composers Ross Edwards, James Ledger and Richard Mills. Her solo performances also include an appearance alongside superstar Nigel Kennedy in Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Violins, and Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson Quartet in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.


Margaret has performed on stage with some of Australia’s finest artists, including Michael Goldschlager, Geoffrey Tozer, Geoffrey Lancaster, Beryl Sedivka and others, both as a recitalist and chamber musician, for Musica Viva, Adelaide International Festival of Arts, Blackwood River Chamber Music Festival, Barossa Music Festival, and in numerous broadcasts for ABC Classic FM. She has also toured with the Sydney Symphony and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared as guest soloist and director of the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra.

Margaret is also a committed teacher, and is passionate about educating the younger generation in the joys and challenges of learning the violin. www.margaretsviolinacademy.com.au

Michael Goldschlager - Tutor | Cello

Born in New York City, cellist Michael Goldschlager is perhaps best known to Australian audiences as the cellist of the Macquarie Trio through their many recordings and concerts, and as a chamber music cellist, having performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music on no fewer than six occasions – so far. His recent critically acclaimed CD recording of the complete Bach suites for ABC Classics/Universal entered the ARIA charts at #17 and became a best seller.


In 2013 and 2015 he toured with the Australian World Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. He was principal cellist of the WASO for six years and is a frequent guest principal with the Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. He has toured Europe as principal cellist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and has recorded with all of these ensembles. In New York he performed with the city’s finest musical organisations, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.


Michael Goldschlager was a Coordinator of Strings at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia and was Head of Performance at WAAPA. He sits on the International Advisory Board for SeaShepherd.org and the Australian Cello Awards, and regularly offers inspirational talks about performance anxiety and practicing at schools and universities.

Helen Kruger - Tutor | Violin

Helen Kruger is a Perth violinist and has just returned from 15 years in the UK, studying at the Royal Academy of Music(RAM), London and working with the leading early music ensembles and orchestras throughout the UK, Europe and Australia. Helen performed with the OAE for 13 years, as a concerto soloist, section leader and tutti player. She was the Director of the Junior Royal Academy of Music chamber program for 7 years and a founding director of the South Hampstead String Program.
Helen was a core member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment education team for 10 years, delivering cutting edge projects throughout the UK. She was the Founding Director of a music improvisation program for the homeless for 2 years, before moving on to launch the North London Chamber Music Course. Helen started the Little Baroque Co. whilst completing her Masters at RAM which toured the UK and Europe for over 13 years before she moved back to Australia. Helen played in the Kruger Quartet for 4 years, performing in South Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the UK, Eastern Europe, Russia and Trinidad. Helen directed the Stoke Newington Early Music Festival for 2 years.

James Huntingford - Tutor | Piano

James is player of both modern and historic keyboard instruments. He began piano studies with Philip Johnston, and graduated from the ANU School of Music, where he studied piano under Susanne Powell and Prof. John Luxton, and fortepiano under his most influential mentor, Prof. Dr Geoffrey Lancaster AM. James has performed as soloist with the Canberra Youth Orchestra, National Capital Orchestra and the chamber orchestra Musica da Camera. He has also performed with the Canberra Choral Society, Oriana Chorale, members of the Brandenburg Orchestra, the Strange Weather Gospel Choir (both as artistic director and accompanist), and Woden Valley Youth Choirs. James was winner of the Austrian Embassy's Haydn Festival Competition (2009), and has been twice winner of the ACT's National Eisteddfod Open Piano Recital. He received his L.Mus.A in 2006. In 2013 James was awarded the Australian Society of Music Educators' Lady Callaway Award, for his diverse musical and artistic services to the Canberra community.

Winston 't Hart - Emerging Artist | Violin

Winston has been playing violin since the age of four. He has studied and performed with many groups in his hometown of Albany and far beyond. He has played in both chamber and symphonic settings and also has extensive experience playing Irish music. Winston has an Associate in Music (AMusA) and is currently studying Specialist Music Studies at the University of Western Australia, also being concert master of the UWA Symphony Orchestra.
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