Associate Professor Alice Waten

MA Moscow Conservatoire
Associate Professor in Violin

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1296

Biographical details

Alice Waten is one of Australia's foremost violin teachers and string pedagogues. She graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire, where her violin teachers were Valery Klimov and David Oistrakh, she studied chamber music with the Borodin String Quartet. Prior to studying in Moscow, she studied with Eberhard Feltz at the Hochschule fur Musik, Berlin.

Former teaching positions held by Professor Waten include:

Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne; Head of strings Australian Institute of Music, Sydney; Head of strings & classical ensemble, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong; Head of strings and orchestral studies Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Artist teacher-in-residence. Chetham's Specialist Music School, Manchester, UK; Head of strings,

Guest lectureships include:

The Menuhin School, UK; Canberra School of Music, ANU; Australian National Academy of Music, MelbournE. Professor Waten has given masterclasses in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Korea; California (USA); and throughout Australia. She is sought after as a jury member at both national and International competitions.

A founding member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, she held principal positions for ten years AND toured extensively throughout UK, Europe, Asia and Australasia. Alice Waten plays on a Paolo Antonio Testore 1743 violin.

Her interest in training violinists was inspired early in her career and has been a consistent force in her professional life. Her own rigorous training, years as a performer, teaching experience, continuing study in the development of string pedagogy trends throughout the world have contributed to the achievements of her students.

Teaching and supervision

In 2015 her graduated students have been appointed to leading positions in:

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra: Cameron Hill, Associate concertmaster

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Sophie Rowell, Associate concertmaster

West Australian Symphony Orchestra: Graeme Norris, Associate Concertmaster; Kylie Liang, Associate principal 2nd violin; Caleb Wright, Principal viola

Darwin Symphony Orchestra: Veroniqe Serret, Concertmaster

Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra: Amelia Chan, Concertmaster

Guest Concertmasters

Rebecca Chan, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand; Kirsty Hilton, West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Chamber musicians

Australian Piano Quartet; Rebecca Chan, VIOLIN James Wannan, VIOLA

Teaching positions

Dr. Robin Wilson, Head of Strings and Young Academy, Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne.

Sophie Rowell, Teaching, Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne

Dr. Evgeny Sorkin, Teaching, Sydney Conservatorium of Muisc.

Lisa Grosman, Lecturer in Viola, Monash University, Melbourne.


Alice’s former students include: Richard Tognetti (soloist, artistic director, and lead violin, ACO); Dimity Hall (Goldner String Quartet); Kirsten Williams (Associate Concertmaster, Sydney Symphony Orchestra); Sun Yi (Associate Concertmaster, Sydney Symphony Orchestra); Marina Marsden and Kirsty Hilton (Co-principals 2nd violin, Sydney Symphony Orchestra); Sophie Rowell (soloist and 1st violin, Australian String Quartet, formerly Tankstream Quartet); Rebecca Chan and Michael Brooks-Reid (violinists, Hamer String Quartet, 1st prize National Chamber Music Competition 2009); Niki Vasilakis (soloist & violinist in Trioz); and Ji Won Kim (soloist winner of YPA).

Other students are now playing in ACO, SSO, MSO, WASO, TSO, ASO, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, London Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Royal Covent Garden Orchestra, London;, Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Former and present students have won prizes in national and international competitions as soloist and chamber musicians. Four students of Alice Waten have been awarded the ABC Young Performer of the Year Award (YPA): Sophie Rowell, Suyeon Kang, Cameron Hill and Ji Won Kim.

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