A Russian, ex-Soviet Union violin virtuoso, Vladimir has had 12 world-class violin teachers, has played the violin for nearly 3 decades, and has had 15 years of teaching experience. His formal education includes 3 formal degrees: Master of Music with First Class Honours, Bachelor of Music Honours with First Class Honours, and Bachelor of Music from The University of Auckland (New Zealand). Vladimir was born in Uzbekistan (part of the Soviet Union at the time), and gave his first public recital with 2 orchestras at the age of 10. As a teenager, he then spent his violin tutelage years in Europe – Vienna, and Germany – and then moved to live and study in New Zealand. Having moved to Australia in 2014, Vladimir has extensively taught at many private music schools and private students, and is in high demand in NSW.
YeRi started playing violin and piano at the age of 6 in Moscow, Russia. She graduated from the Russian music school with honours in 2007. YeRi has performed and won the Moscow State contest in violin solo and violin duet. Also, two string chamber groups in which she participated as the first violin have won various competitions, in which one of them had the opportunity to perform in Hungary and Greece. She continued her music studies at Huntington University, majoring in Music Business. At Huntington University, she has participated in Chamber Orchestra as first violin and second violin principal. Moreover, YeRi has performed at auditioned Longaker Recitals and Concertos. She taught many students since 2008, and has conducted Huntington Community Strings from 2013 to 2015.
Julian is a rising star who was recently a prize-winner at the Gisborne International Music Competition. He is a graduate of the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington and has worked with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and at festivals including the Nelson International Music Festival. Since arriving in Australia, he has been busy as a teacher and performer, and a participant in the Canberra International Music Festival. He performs as a member of the Garda Duo with his wife, Heather, who plays the cello and together they were recent finalists in the ROSL-Pettmann Chamber Music Competition. Julian brings his considerable performing nouse and passion to his teaching, and is a great teacher for all levels and ages. He originally joined EVA as one of our in-house teachers, but since his recent move to Melbourne, to take up membership at the Australian National Academy of Music, Julian continues to offer his considerable passion, experience and expertise as one of our highly qualified Skype teachers.
Kirrily is one of our EVA Violin Course instructors specialising in children’s groups. Suzuki-trained and qualified, she has been an avid music enthusiast and violinist since the age of 4 and is now mid-way through a Bachelor of Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Prior experience in teaching students to express themselves through the medium of music has only encouraged Kirrily to continue her positive approach with anyone wishing to extend their violin, solfege and music theory abilities. Her teaching combines encouragement and humour with a lot of energy to teach violin students music knowledge they will truly value. Her aim is to instill a love for music expression and appreciation in any prospective student.
Max Holzner is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge and the Australian National University and the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including the Cambridge Australia Trust Orde Poynton Scholarship (2005-2007), a UK Overseas Research Scholarship (2005-2006), and an Australian Postgraduate Award (2004-2005). With the assistance of a Llewellyn Memorial Trust Scholarship (2003), he undertook further study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
As a performer Max has worked with many professional orchestras and chamber groups and in festivals across Australia and the UK, and was assistant to the late Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music, from 2006-7, with whom he collaborated in the preparation of numerous critical editions for Bärenreiter, most notably Elgar’s Enigma Variations.
Max has over sixteen years teaching experience, and has held positions at Radford College, Canberra, and in the pre-tertiary program at the Australian National University. He has also tutored undergraduates in music at the ANU and at Churchill College, Cambridge, and holds a Certificate of Graduate Teaching from the ANU.
For the last years since making Sydney home, Max has devoted himself to teaching, and his private studio, which has grown into the Elite Violin Academy (EVA). EVA aims to set a new standard in accessible violin and music tuition, with its affordable and truly holistic approach. Max’s passion and desire to see better standards of teaching, especially in online and group settings, has been the driving force behind the creation of the EVA Violin Course and the Elite Music Academy.
Max is also a founding member and current chair of the not-for-profit Western Sydney Orchestra Project, which is aimed at bringing students and top professional performers together and raising the profile of music in the region.