Cora is a violist originally from the Canberra region. She began learning violin in primary school and after a brief period as a multi-instrumentalist, switching exclusively to viola around the age of 13. Cora studied with John Gould during her time in Canberra.
After taking a year off 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.
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.
2018 is Cora’s first year of study at ANAM and she is very excited to be learning from Caroline Henbest. Feeling that she has ticked some important viola repertoire boxes in her undergraduate studies, Cora is developing an interest in more recent compositions for the viola and works by female composers, and is keen to explore these areas further over the next year at ANAM.
Cora has enjoyed teaching violin and viola for the past five years. Her final activity with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is a pedagogical scholarship to travel to Samoa and tutor the National Orchestra of Samoa under the guidance of Goetz Richter.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - M Elizabeth Douglas, Joanna Flynn AM and Joan Bruton, Elaine Canty, Frances and Daniel Wallace, Ian Hogarth and Peter Larsen
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