Australian String Pedagogue Alice Waten has Died


One among Australia’s foremost string pedagogues, Alice Waten, has handed away. Her affect on string taking part in in Australia and around the globe has been appreciable, along with her former college students discovering success each as orchestral musicians and as soloists.

After finding out with Eberhard Feltz at Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik, Waten acquired her grasp’s diploma from the Moscow Conservatoire, the place her lecturers had been David Oistrakh and Valery Klimov. There, she additionally acquired chamber music teaching from members of the Borodin Quartet.

As a founding member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Waten took half in excursions of Europe, Asia, and Australasia, holding numerous principal roles over the course of a decade.

Earlier than returning to Australia, Waten taught on the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and Chetham’s Specialist Music College within the UK.

Inside Australia, she held educating positions in Melbourne on the Australian Nationwide Academy of Music and in Sydney, the place she rose to the rank of Affiliate Professor on the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Amongst her college students are Richard Tognetti, VC Artist Suyeon Kang, and Robin Wilson. Wilson is now himself a pedagogue for the brand new technology of younger Australian violinists, together with VC Rising Star Christian Li.

Waten additionally taught Sophie Rowell and Anne Horton, each of whom had been members of the Australian String Quartet.

“A earlier mentor with whom I studied for eight years as a toddler, has handed away,” Suyeon Kang wrote. “There’s a sudden large weight in my coronary heart and it’s a little tough to know what to say. Alice was a terrific, devoted, tireless and fierce pedagogue. I used to be in awe and petrified of her on the similar time. She possessed an exquisite trilly chuckle that may very well be heard from a kilometer away, and a hawk like precision when it got here to recognizing one thing that wanted to be fastened: I would at all times come out of a lesson taking part in higher.

“She raised, and was the driving drive behind numerous Australian musicians who at the moment are dotted all all through the world, nonetheless dedicated to this artwork,” she added. “There are such a lot of combined recollections, however I am realizing fairly harshly right this moment that when somebody passes the primary factor that continues to be is a tonne of gratitude, and nice regret for not having having the ability to remind her of that in her later years. So a little bit late, however with a full coronary heart: thanks Ms Waten for every little thing you gave to the music world. I in all probability would not be right here, nonetheless chugging alongside down this lengthy and winding street, if hadn’t been for you. I hope you relaxation in peace.”

It’s with nice unhappiness that we share the passing of Alice Waten final week,” wrote the Sydney Conservatorium.

“Alice was considered one of Australia’s nice violin lecturers and the proof might be seen in orchestras and faculties not simply in Australia however around the globe. She has been a cornerstone of the Open Academy’s Rising Stars program and her data and knowledge will probably be sorely missed. Our greatest needs exit to all her household and pals.”