Cora is a violist originally from the Canberra region. She began learning the violin in primary school and after a brief period as a multi-instrumentalist, switched exclusively to viola around the age of 13, studying with John Gould.
After taking a gap-year after school to work, travel, and practice, Cora commenced a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2014, studying with Sydney Symphony Principal Violist Roger Benedict. In her second year, Cora was chosen to apply for a scholarship-supported exchange to the Royal Academy of Music in London to study with Garfield Jackson. She greatly valued the experience of studying in London, and believes it sufficiently prepared her for the weather in Melbourne!
Her final activity with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music was a pedagogical scholarship to travel to Samoa to tutor the National Orchestra of Samoa under the guidance of Goetz Richter in 2017.
Cora has performed in many different ensembles in Australia as well as internationally, with highlights including scholarships to attend the Estivo Summer School in Verona, Italy with the Bronte Quartet in 2015; and Orford Music Academy in Quebec with the Geist Quartet in 2017.
In 2018 Cora participated in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy with her peers from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and students from around the world alongside members of the MCO under the baton of Andrés Orozco-Estrada. This was an extremely rewarding opportunity and Cora is grateful to ANAM for providing the opportunity and financial support to attend the course.
Cora has enjoyed teaching violin and viola for the past six years. She will be commencing her second year at ANAM in 2019, and is very excited to be continuing studies with the amazing Caroline Henbest.
IN CORA'S WORDS
“I love '80s Music and go to '80s dance classes. And I am still exploring opportunities and ways to reach non-traditional, new audiences.”
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - M Elizabeth Douglas, Joanna Flynn AM and Joan Bruton, Elaine Canty AM, Frances and Daniel Wallace, Colin and Robyn Jones, Ian Hogarth and Peter Larsen, Arnis Dzedins
Photo by Pia Johnson