Our Tutors

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Nick Russell

Nick Russell graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance Violin. His principal teachers were Graeme Jennings and Bridget Crouch. Over his time at the Conservatorium, he has received high distinctions for performance and was a finalist in both the Vada Jefferies Bach Prize and the Paganini Prize. He has also been a two-time prize winner in the Ronald Clifford Davis violin competition, as well as the winner of various sections at Sunshine Coast and Queensland eisteddfodau.

Recently, Nick participated in the Australian International Symphony Orchestra program. He has been teaching with CADMA since 2012, and over this time many of his students have received top results in their AMEB and Trinity College exams, and have also won awards at the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod.

Simon Russell-Baker

Simon has been a singer and musician all his life. From an early age on he was performing in choirs and taking lead roles in school, amateur and professional musicals. His music has taken him overseas many times, performing both solo and in bands in places such as Dubai, The Philippines, Nepal, USA, Germany and England, as well as all over Australia and on cruise ships travelling the South Pacific. Simon has now returned to Queensland and brings his unique, powerful voice and his skills as a pianist to venues and schools all over the coast.

He has been highly praised by the likes of Simon Gallagher, Bert Newton, Athol Guy, Todd McKenney, Dale Pengelly and many others in the industry.

Simon sings many genres of music, from jazz standards through to disco, pop, rock, indie and singer/songwriter music. Simon also writes and performs his own material.

Simon is a fully-qualified music teacher and has served as musical director for more than ten shows. He is a choir conductor and has travelled with many of his choirs to Vienna, across the Middle East, and Australia.

Emma Russell

Born into a musical family, Emmaa began instrumental and vocal lessons early in life. It quickly became her passion, and she soon began performing in as many as 20 events a year, winning awards at the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod.

Emmaa has received honours and high distinctions in previous AMEB examinations (including a result of 100% on her recent Grade 3 theory exam) and is currently studying for her Grade 8 piano and violin exams. She aims to audition for the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and move into a fully-qualified teaching career after finishing school.

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Rhys Williams

Rhys is a passionate young musician who has studied music for eight years. He accelerated through his AMEB violin exams, achieving grades 3-8 in a busy five-year period.

He has participated in many regional and statewide music programs including the State Honours Ensemble Program with the Griffith Conservatorium of Music. Rhys has also been a member of the local Sunshine Coast Young Orchestra as both a violinist and a trombonist.

His passion for music recently saw Rhys travel to Japan to play music at various schools, which was one of his greatest experiences in music so far. In the past two years he has started exploring other areas of music, including classical and jazz composition.

While Rhys is committed to continue studying his Bachelor of Science with the University of Queensland, he feels that no matter where science takes him, he will continue with his deep passion for music and teaching.