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Royal Academy of Music - Final Recital Viola by Julia Doukakis


Former student of the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music (CCCM) Julia Doukakis will present her Royal Academy of Music (RAM) Final Recital, Master of Arts specialising in viola performance on Monday 24th August at 7:30pm (SYD) 10:30am (UK)

Julia’s music-student-professional career began on the NSW Central Coast.

While studying violin at school, Julia joined the Saturday Junior Strings Orchestra at age 7. She continued her studies at CCCM until Year 12.

During those 11 years Julia switched from violin to study viola with Suzie Borrett. She studied trombone for 7 years with Phil Rees and Phillip Rutherford and took part in many ensemble activities including; the Junior and Senior String Orchestra, Central Coast Youth Orchestra (on trombone) and Central Coast Symphony Orchestra (on viola).

“Viola is my principal instrument. I don’t play trombone anymore, but I’d love to pick it back up at some point” said Julia.

Julia’s music-student life path took her to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra and performances in Konzerthaus in Berlina and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.  

As a professional musician, Julia has played with Opera Australia Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She has performed under world-renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christoph von Dohnanyi amongst others.

Moving to London in 2017 to take up a year-long position with Southbank Sinfonia, Julia’s has had the extraordinary opportunity to perform in some of London’s premier venues, such as the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, St Martin in the Fields and Cadogan Hall.

She has worked regularly with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Julia’s final recital on Saturday 22 August (SYD) completes her Masters degree at the RAM with violinist Joh Thorne. Julia is a founding member of The Hill Quartet, a group that are Chamber Fellows of the Academy in 2020/21.

“My plans after the 20/21 academic year are to stay in London and hopefully continue my work with the Hill Quartet alongside freelancing. I love that it’s possible to build a varied and fulfilling freelance career here and it’s wonderful to be so close to Europe”, said Julia.

Amazing achievements! Congratulations Julia from us all at the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, sending well wishes for your final recital.

Watch Julia’s Royal Academy of Music Masters Final Recital Livestream performance – Viola on Monday night  24 August at 7.30pm (SYD)

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Term Dates

The Central Coast Conservatorium operates to NSW Department of Education School Gazetted Term dates

Term 1
1-1 Lessons Wed 27/1 to Thur 1/4
Sat Strings Ensembles Sat 6/2 - Sat 26/3
CCYO & Ext program Tue 9/2 - Tue 30/03
PWE & SWO Wed 10/2 - Wed 31/03

Term 2
Monday 19/4 to Saturday 26/06 

Term 3
Monday 12/7 to Saturday 18/09

Term 4
Monday 05/10 to Saturday 18/12

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We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.