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Come and perfect your skills while learning about the art of ensemble playing. Over the five days we will work on warm-ups, sight reading, balance, breathing exercises, chamber music skills and more while playing through lots of music from a wide range of styles in a fun and relaxed environment. With dynamic duo Suzanne and Alexei at the helm, it’s bound to be a highly enjoyable and rewarding week!
Suzanne completed a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium where she majored in flute performance, and graduated in 2012 with first class honours. She spent these four years studying with Geoffrey Collins, Principal Flute of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Suzanne has performed with various orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Musician Project Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Earlier this year Suzanne toured internationally with the AYO where she travelled to Germany, the Netherlands and China.
Suzanne is a passionate music educator, and completed a Graduate Diploma of Education in 2014. Since 2011, Suzanne has been hired as an educator by the Arts Unit, a division of the Department of Education. Her roles at the Arts Unit include being current flute tutor for several of their instrumental ensembles as well as teaching at state music camps and on interstate and international tours. In 2015 Suzanne was Tour Manager for the Arts Unit’s jazz orchestra and stage band tour to Port Macquarie. In 2014 Suzanne was invited to be a guest conductor at the Primary Proms concert, conducting 300 primary school choral students at the Sydney Town Hall. Suzanne is the current flute tutor at Fort Street High School.
Suzanne is currently completing a Doctorate of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium, where she is the recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship. She is currently tutoring at the Sydney Conservatorium where she tutors university students in Aural Perception and music history subjects.
Alexei Dupressoir began his clarinet studies at the age of nine and then later attended the Sydney Conservatorium High School where he studied under Mark Walton. He continued his tertiary studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where his teachers were Francesco Celata, Peter Jenkin and Catherine McCorkill, completing a Bachelor of Music Degree with First Class Honours and a Master of Music Studies.
Alexei has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
He has been a member of the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, SBS Youth Orchestra and all the Sydney Conservatorium symphony and chamber orchestras. Alexei took part in the Australian Youth Orchestra's international tour in 2013 and in the same year was selected for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program in conjunction with AYO. In 2014, Alexei was the Clarinet Fellow with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's prestigious Fellowship program.
Alexei has participated in various European summer schools including the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena with Alessandro Carbonare, Voksenasen Summer Academy in Oslo with Björn Nyman and Andreas Sundén and Music Alp Festival in France with Romain Guyot.
Alexei is currently on trial with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Bass Clarinet. Check out these YouTube links!