I was born in the French speaking part of Switzerland and started learning the classical guitar at age 9. Later on I entered the Music Conservatory of Geneva but didn't complete my studies, having opted to join my parents on their migration to New Zealand. Since then, I have gained a Classical Guitar Grade 8, with Distinction, and a Performance Certificate in singing. I have been teaching classical guitar full time SINCE 2000.
I have been a member of the New Plymouth Classical Guitar Society since 2003 and AM NOW the president.
I PERFORMED IN A two guitar duo called 'Guitarra' FOR MANY YEARS, AND NOW AS A SOLO ARTIST.
In addition to private teaching, I conduct a guitar orchestra, 'Con Tempo'.
In 2010, I initiated the inaugural Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School (TCGSS), www.taranakisummerschool.com
The first event was held in 2012, and was a resounding success. Featuring some of the world's finest classical guitarists, this event brings together educators, students, professionals, amateurs, composers and luthiers, to New Plymouth for six days and nights of intense, fun and rewarding learning and guitar playing. I AM now THE coordinatOR OF this biennial festival. TCGSS held its 5th event in January 2020, celebrating 10 year in existence and looking forward to 2022.
i AM ALSO THE co-founder and co-director of the NCMA Classical Guitar and Flamenco Festival, held in Nelson, a week long event. The inaugural festival was held in 2019 and 2021 is well into its planning, with tutors from as far as Spain AND THE UK. This is a biennial event, held on the off years of TCGSS.
I AM an Associate Member of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand (IRMTNZ).
My thorough method of teaching builds a strong foundation which prepares the student for the higher grade. Topics covered during the lessons include musicianship, musical knowledge, how to practice, music reading, theory. The students develop their playing skills by exploring a wide variety of music, discovering the versatility of the classical guitar with solo and ensemble playing; ensemble playing is one of the best ways to improve musical skills such as keeping rhythm, playing without stopping, listening to others while concentrating on a part and making new friends!
Students may want to learn for the sheer enjoyment of it all, but for those who wish to, participation to exams, regional competitions, and regular performances are all available.