Maria Welna- Concert pianist: Virtuoso piano lessons, recitals, masterclasses

Organ, Piano lessons online and in Sydney, Sutherland Shire

Learn piano with "a born performer" (The Courier-Mail), "consummate professional", virtuoso teaching artist, pedagogue and guest lecturer/adjudicator
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Biography

Learn piano with an internationally renowned soloist, dedicated pedagogue and experienced adjudicator. I hold postgraduate degrees (Bachelor’s with Honour’s and Master’s in performance) from elite European and Australian conservatories. I maintain an artistic practice as an internationally renowned concert pianist and performance practice specialist, performing some of the world’s most difficult repertoire. To see my artistic CV visit www.mariawelna.com For regular updates and music videos please subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0X0sSHDFLtH-L_MC2X4wHw or like/follow: https://www.facebook.com/mariawelnarecitalist

Described as a “consummate professional”, I believe in teaching for excellence but in a creative manner that reinforces learning with understanding. Lessons are live online via zoom and face-to-face. My studio is located in Lugarno/Peakhurst with a brand new concert grand piano, second upright piano, parks/cafes nearby and plenty of parking. I welcome committed students for ongoing study. Levels taught are from early intermediate through to advanced, diplomas (adults, teenagers and children over age 7+ ) and professional development (for teachers and musicians). I also teach at the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy during term time.

My curriculum (whether for exams or improvement of musical skills) is based on excellent performance practice standards. For committed students, it develops quality skills, creativity, effective practice strategies and a growing sense of independent learning and learning with understanding (where relevant). This ensures superior student achievements not only for all forms of external assessment but as a skill that will be retained for life in a healthy manner. I also teach students to value the importance of healthy technique, (which in addition to proficiency, also encompasses tone production, phrasing, stylistic refinement and musicianship), musical understanding and performance temperament.

If you’d like to learn with me in term 3 2022, the best way to arrange a first lesson time is to email my team on management@mariawelna.com or to text 0433309707. Please include information such as your location, previous piano background/level and repertoire played.

BIO/TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

My musical pedigree can be traced to world-renowned music conservatories, and a long list of distinguished concert artists/professors from Europe and the U.S.A Furthermore, as a performance practice specialist, I myself specialise in the golden age of pianism and its concert-virtuoso tradition.

I hold Bachelor and Master’s degrees in performance from the K. Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice (the alma mater of Krystian Zimerman) and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. I also have teaching qualifications (for teaching instrumental music in primary and secondary music schools), wide education experience and pedagogical knowledge. I’ve taught advanced piano in selective music schools for gifted children in Europe, maintained a piano studio in Australia, taught voice and acted as a music director/répétiteur for many years, completed a postgraduate ‘Principles of Studio Pedagogy’ unit at the Sydney Conservatorium and have experience as a piano adjudicator/examiner within NSW and ACT (at all levels i.e. from P Plate piano to 8th grade AMEB as well as Certificate of Performance). I teach piano at the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy, am a member of the Accompanists’ Guild of NSW and have maintained membership of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW for some years.

I have years worth of instrumental pedagogy experience (all as a tertiary degree qualified performer and teacher), years of professional industry experience and a performance background as a concert pianist and chamber musician at elite levels. I’m experienced with exam syllabuses such as AMEB, ABRSM, Trinity College London. I have given guest lectures at the tertiary level and lecture/recitals within my fields of expertise at international and national institutions. I am familiar with the classroom music curriculum (particularly HSC Music 2/Extension and its performance component). During my own high school years in Australia, I was a music scholarship student at a selective music school (for piano, voice, violin, pipe organ, composition) contributing to school life through many selective ensemble, solo performance and accompaniment commitments.

Teaching Since
2009
Qualifications and Awards
BMuS (piano perf) K. Szymanowski Music Academy, MMusSt (perf) Sydney Con, performance practice specialist, guest lecturer-piano performance practice, pedagogical qualifications (Europe), Principles of Studio Pedagogy (postgraduate unit - Sydney Con)
Music Teaching Services
Instruments
Organ, Piano
Styles
Classical, Traditional
Specialities
ABRSM, AMEB, Auditions, HSC / VCE, Music History, Performances, Repertoire, Sight reading, St Cecilia, Theory
Features
Accompanist, Accompanist Specialist, Child Checked, School Instrumental
Areas Serviced
Online, Sydney City and Inner South, Sydney Inner South West, Sydney Inner West, Sydney South, Sydney South West, Sutherland Shire
Suburbs
Alfords Point, Beverly Hills, Connells Point, Hurstville, Illawong, Kingsgrove, Kogarah Bay, Lugarno, Menai, Oatley, Padstow Heights, Peakhurst, Penshurst, Revesby, Sans Souci, Sydney
Other Details
Languages Spoken Other Than English
Polish
Minimum age taught
7
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Pricing Information

Pricing starts at $85 for 60 minutes, depending on level. Adults and higher grades: $90. Contact us for diploma and professional development pricing. Levels taught are from early intermediate to advanced, diploma and teacher professional development. Minimum lesson duration at these levels is 60 minutes.

1 Hour Individual Lesson
AU$85.00
Pricing includes GST
Yes
Testimonials

I warmly write this Letter of Appreciation for Maria Welna… [H]er proficiency as a performer was always apparent through her impeccable musicianship. Maria is appreciated by her fellow musicians… who, from her first entrance in, never stopped praising Maria’s musical ability. … This appreciation was in no small part due to the exceptional calibre of Maria’s musical ability. Maria is a person of exemplary character. … She also seeks to know more… and to support others in their musical aptitude. Her exceptional talent served and delighted us…”

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Former church rector

“I found Maria to be a consummate professional. She is courteous, punctual, polite and an expert in her field. Maria performed her role excellently and was ever reliable and always performed to the highest of standards.”

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Former client

“What a huge CV”

“…my very welcome guest in our 4MBS studio this morning is a pianist, organist, singer, actor, composer, tennis player, soccer player, swimmer …”

“Huge program for one person” [Piano, Voice and Pipe Organ with Maria Welna]

“Both very dramatic” [Sonata & Nocturne by Maria Welna]

“This is an enormous recital, it’s one of the biggest I’ve seen…”

“It’s very special”

“It’s been a delight to meet you.”

Howard Ainsworth, 4MBS Music Lovers Choice

“Maria is a… concert pianist and pipe organist with an amazing talent”

“Piano perfection”

“Gifted soprano and composer”

The Redland Times

“She’s the picture of confidence. Her hands glide over the keys with speed and sureness … she makes it look so easy.”

“…seemingly-effortless performance”

The Chronicle-Telegram, USA

“This born performer has tackled many of the hardest… works, composed neo-classical pieces”…

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