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Advisor Profiles

Denise Lawrence – Strings Advisor

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Denise Lawrence

Denise Lawrence is a highly experienced examiner and adjudicator who currently holds the position of AMEB (NSW) Advisor for the Strings category. She had a long and distinguished career as a cellist in the UK as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. After completing her studies at Sydney Conservatorium with John Painter, she studied for two years with Andre Navarra and attended master classes with a number of famous players and teachers.

As accompanist for her husband (the late Bruce Lawrence), she studied and performed much of the violin and viola repertoire. With Anthony Freeth they formed the Deltic Trio which toured extensively in the UK, and were part of several string quartets and Chamber Orchestras and together they studied chamber music with the Janacek Quartet in Czechoslovakia.

Denise is a member of a number of international string associations and regularly attends workshops overseas to keep abreast of current string teaching practices. She is also an Examiner of the recently established American String Teachers’ Association ANSCAP program. She has taught at Sydney Conservatorium and has set up extensive string programs in many schools both in Australia and the UK. Denise was the NSW representative on the recent National Cello Committee and devoted much energy to developing the new cello syllabus, bringing it in line with current pedagogical practice.

She held various scholarships in her student years, made several solo broadcasts for the ABC and was fortunate to be singled out to play for Rostropovich when he visited Australia. Many of her former students have reached professional standard in orchestras and chamber groups all over the world.

In 2013 she was one of 500 delegates at the European String Teachers Association Conference at Oxford University, the only Australian participant.

Denise was elected Fellow of the Collegiate of Specialist Music Educators in 2014, and in 2015 she was honoured by the Australian String Teachers Association with the National Award for her outstanding contribution to string education in Australia.

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