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Elisabeth Mitchelmore

BA (Stuttgart), GradDip (Perf) (Sydney)

Examiner Number: 388

Elisabeth Mitchelmore was born in Germany. She graduated from the Stuttgart College of Music with the equivalent of a BMus, with majors in violin performance and violin pedagogy. She then studied violin at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva and also obtained a Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) at Sydney University.

Elisabeth’s first professional position was with the Stuttgart Opera Orchestra. She then took up a permanent position with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, with which she toured extensively in Europe, Russia and South East Asia. She made numerous recordings and broadcasts for the Bavarian Radio, and participated in world-famous music festivals such as The Salzburg Mozart Festival. Elisabeth has since played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and for many years with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. She has also been active in the chamber music field both in Europe and Australia. She was a founder and leader of the Amabile Players and has made several broadcast recordings. In 2006, three CDs were released in which Elisabeth performed either as a soloist or orchestra member. Elisabeth continues to perform recitals and chamber music. In 2013 she performed in the Glebe Music Festival and since then also researched and presented various recitals with music by women composers, most recently for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Elisabeth has been teaching violin since she was a student herself. Currently, she teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium and has also taught for the University of Western Sydney, Abbotsleigh College and Barker College. She also runs a private music studio. Several of her students have been successful in gaining music scholarships for high school entries, many have scored in the top band for HSC music courses, received Encore nominations, and others have passed AMEB Diploma and Licentiate examinations (some with distinction). Elisabeth also teaches at tertiary level and some of her students have now successfully finished their music degree at the Sydney Conservatorium (some with distinction). Many of her former students are now teaching music or playing in established orchestras.

Elisabeth has given several master classes for music teachers and students on behalf of AMEB, AUSTA and the Newcastle Music Teachers’ Association. She is also a regular tutor for the Amateur Chamber Music Society. Elisabeth is an eisteddfod adjudicator and AMEB diploma examiner as well as a master’s level music education examiner. In 2008, she was invited to speak at the biennial violin pedagogy conference held at the Sydney Conservatorium. She has been invited to present again. Elisabeth has also been appointed as a member for the Federal AMEB Syllabus and Publications Committee. In this role she has been able to contribute her experience to the new Series 9 Violin Syllabus. In 2014 Elisabeth was invited to adjudicate the Ray Allen violin competition and in January 2015 she was invited to teach and perform at the Riverina Summer School for Strings.

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