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2021 Professional Weekend: Dynamic Duo of String Pedagogy

2021 Professional Weekend: Dynamic Duo of String Pedagogy

Dynamic Duo of String Pedagogy featuring the prominent music educators Howard Penny (Cello) and Robin Wilson (Violin) for a weekend of masterclasses and workshops.
Saturday, 18 September -  Sunday, 19 September
Full Schedule Below
Registration closes Wednesday 15th September 2021


Online via Zoom
(Zoom Link will be emailed to ticketholders on the Friday 17th September)

Contact Details

Robin Wilson - Violin/Viola

Howard Penny - Cello

Dr Robin Wilson

Internationally regarded pedagogue, Dr Robin Wilson is Resident Faculty of Violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, and also teaches on the faculties of the Valdres Festival in Norway and the Keshet Eilon International Mastercourse in Israel. His students are the winners of many national and international competitions, and in 2018 he was honoured with a National Award from the Australian String Teachers Association for outstanding services to string teaching in Australia. 

Robin has performed widely throughout Australasia, the USA and the UK. Solo and chamber recordings appear on Decca, ABC Classics, Ode, Vexations840 and VDE-Gallo. He is a member of the acclaimed ensemble Ironwood, is former leader of the ARCO Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as guest violinist with many leading Australian ensembles. 

Robin’s research was awarded the prestigious 2014 Geiringer Prize from the American Brahms Society. He has presented lectures at leading universities throughout the USA and the UK and given masterclasses throughout Australasia, Singapore, the UK and the USA. He studied with Alice Waten and Janet Davies in Sydney and at the New England Conservatory of Music, USA. He plays a violin by the Gagliano family, made in Naples in 1784.


Howard Penny

Cellist Howard Penny is Head of Strings at Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne (ANAM). He is an internationally renowned soloist, ensemble member, principal, teacher, lecturer, co-director and festival founder. Based in Europe, Howard has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for 30 years.


Saturday 18th September:

10:00am - 11:30am "Teaching and Developing Vibrato" presentation with Dr Robin Wilson 


12.00pm - 1:30pm Masterclass with Dr Robin Wilson



Sunday 19th September:


10:00am - 11:30am "Dancing with Bach: A Guide to Life After the Preludes in the Cello Suites" presentation with Howard Penny

12.00pm - 1:30pm Masterclass with Howard Penny


Session times are quoted in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)


Audition submissions for masterclasses have now closed. Thank you for sending your audition videos. They are being co-ordinated by the AUSTA-Q committee and successful applicants will be notified via email.

Important information for attendees

If you are unable to attend the Zoom sessions at the scheduled times, it will be possible to purchase tickets to view the videos soon after the event.  Please look out for a newsflash in coming weeks with details.

Ticket Prices:
Single Session Price
$15 for AUSTA members
$30 for non-members

Four Session Pass 
$50 for AUSTA members
$95 for non-members
$20 for School-aged Student Rush tickets to be released on 15th September. Limited Availability
Due to school events on throughout the weekend, parking will be challenging at BBC. Please allow adequate time to find a park either within the school grounds or on the surrounding streets of the campus.
Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea will be provided. Please note that $20 student tickets do not include morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea. Students must provide their own lunch.
Disabled Access
Please be advised that attendees requiring disabled access need to contact for instructions at the lift in the building is currently undergoing maintenance.