Peter Garrity (Head of Strings Program)
Violin & Viola Teacher
Peter Garrity graduated with 1st Class Hon from Canterbury University where he studied with Jan Tawroszewicz, then moved to Sydney to work with Charmian Gadd at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He completed his Masters in Violin Performance at the University of Colorado where he was studying on a full scholarship with the Tackas Quartet in their Graduate Quartet Programme. During this time his quartet was invited to perform Mendelsohn's Octet with the Takács Quartet. They also won the Denver, YMF (Young Musicians Foundation) Chamber Music Competition and was resident quartet at the Brevard Music Festival, where they worked with musicians such as Jamie Laredo, The Emerson Quartet and principal violist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Randolf Kelly. He has played chamber music in festivals throughout Europe and worked with teachers such as Roland Vamos and Patricia Kopec. Peter studied viola in Pittsburgh for the next 6 years with Randolph Kelly, Atar Arad and Toby Appel at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon Universities. During that time he won substitute violist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Ochestra and was able to work with top conductors such as Mariss Jansons and frequently tour the major concert halls and festivals of Europe and USA.
On moving to NZ in 2005 Peter was invited to coordinate the String Programme at the NZ School of Music Young Musicians' Programme. His students have won NZ solo and chamber music competitions, featured in high achiever concerts for the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and several have since achieved professional careers in orchestras in Europe. Since moving back to Sydney, Peter has established himself as an active chamber musician often performing with the Sydney Conservatorium faculty in their Cocktail Series. Peter is Head of Strings at the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music and also teaches violin and chamber music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School, Reddam House and Cranbrook School. He also enjoys the outdoors, photography and tennis.
Qualifications:BA (1st Class Hon); Masters in Violin Performance (Uni of Colorado).
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