Professor Rosemary Johnston, UTS International Research Centre for Youth Futures, Centre Director Rosemary is Professor of Education and Culture at UTS and is deeply committed to education, especially arts education. She was one of three international researchers on a UK Leverhulme Grant which resulted in Children's Literature and Culture of the First World War (2015), and has recently published Australian Literature for Young People (2017). She believes that the arts are creative not only for those who create them but for those who interact with them; they ‘stimulate responsive creativity – activating thinking and engagement of the emotions, inspiring senses of the aesthetic, generating connections between artistic and lived experience. Creativity is contagious.’
Peta Harper, presenter and writer, has been teaching Secondary Music for more than twenty years, has degrees in Music and Education, and completed post-graduate studies in Austria. She has presented professional development teacher training courses, workshops, and conference presentations nationwide, as well as written education materials for the Sydney Symphony and Musica Viva Education programs. Having been a marker and judge for performance and written components of HSC Music, Peta is highly experienced and well-respected in the field.
Robyn Staveley is a Senior Lecturer in Music, Movement and Dance Education at UTS. Robyn is a consultant for many of the International Research Centre for Youth Futures projects. Robyn has worked in K-12 schools as a classroom music specialist and music curriculum coordinator. She is past president of the NSW Orff Schulwerk Association, represents NSW on the Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk, and is Vice Chair of the Levels teacher training programs. Robyn is a past recipient of the ASME (Australian Society for Music Education) Excellence in Teaching award. Her PhD research is looking at the impact of aspects of neuroscience and psychology, on music pedagogy. This research supports the embodiment of musicality through moving, interaction with others, using tools in the environment, and being creative in joyful music making.
Daniel de Borah
Daniel de Borah was a major prize winner at the 2004 Sydney International Piano Competition and has since appeared as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican and Cadogan Halls, London. In Australia he has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. He has given recitals on four continents and has partnered many leading soloists and ensembles including the Australian String Quartet, Li-Wei Qin, Kristian Winther, Nicolas Altstaedt and Andrew Goodwin, appearing at London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, the Huntington Estate Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. Born in Melbourne in 1981, Daniel studied at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, the St. Petersburg State Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music, London. He currently serves on the faculty of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.
Thomas Rann is Founding Artistic Director and Cellist of Australia Piano Quartet (APQ). Since winning the prestigious Muriel Taylor Scholarship for Cellists in London (2004) he has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Melbourne, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and Camerata Menuhin. As soloist and chamber musician, Thomas has appeared at venues including Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Victoria Hall, Westminster Abbey, St. James’ Palace, Sydney Opera House and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. His festival appearances include the Verbier Festival Academy, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Sydney Festival, and the Kronberg International Cello Festival. Now based in Sydney, Thomas has been Visiting Fellow at University of Technology Sydney since 2012. Alongside his work with APQ, he has collaborated with artists including photographer William Yang, composer Elena Kats-Chernin, members of The Song Company and Ensemble Offspring, and artist Ken Unsworth, culminating in recent performances presented at the Sydney Festival and the Art Gallery of NSW. Thomas is also a guest musician with Sydney Chamber Opera and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Thomas has studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, International Menuhin Music Academy, the Australian National Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium with teachers including Raphael Wallfisch, Niall Brown, and Uzi Wiesel.
Violist James Wannan is based in Sydney, having previously studied viola with Alice Waten in Melbourne and viola d’amore in Vienna with Marianne Rônez. He explores his passion for music from ancient to contemporary on a number of instruments. In 2015 James performed as violin soloist in Elliott Gyger’s opera Fly Away Peter featured at the Melbourne Festival, recorded a CD of music by Jack Symonds, collaborated on five Australian premieres and toured to China with the Sydney Symphony. 2016 will see James perform oud in the Sydney Festival with SCO and viola d’amore soloist in the Biennale of Sydney. He will tour as principal violist of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, premier a new viola d’amore concerto at the Bendigo New Music Festival and record the Sonatas of Brahms with pianist Ben Kopp. As a soloist James has worked with orchestras including the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a viola d’amore soloist in festivals in Austria and Germany, and has been invited to perform as guest principal viola with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He toured Europe as principal viola of the Asia Pacific United Orchestra.