||Anthony Sherwood – Drums
Anthony Sherwood has been annoying his neighbours, with his drumming, since the age of 12. In his early teenage years he was drawn to jazz and he developed a keen interest in the style of Bebop drum legends, Max Roach and Philly Joe Jones. This led Anthony to study Jazz Performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, in Adelaide.
Anthony’s musical appreciation and ability spreads over many other genres. He is also an avid student of hip-hop drumming and electronic based music. Anthony has pushed the envelope in many musical situations at the forefront of experimental music in Adelaide. It’s his enthusiastic and creative mindset which has made him a sought after drummer with artists of all musical styles across Australia.
Anthony is always searching for new ways to improve his teaching abilities. Anthony believes in developing his students into powerful, energetic and creative forces so that they may grow into fully-fledged artists. His aim is to “make all of my students a better drummer than me.” With this goal always in mind there isn’t much his students can’t achieve.
||Dan Burgess – Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute
Dan grew up in Adelaide and completed his International Baccalaureate Diploma at Pembroke School in 1998. The school's specialist music program afforded him opportunities such as an appearance at the 1995 Monterey Jazz Festival supporting Australian jazz legend Don Burrows. He attended the University of Adelaide where he studied saxophone with Mike Stewart, and later clarinet with Peter Handsworth.
He spent 8 years as a cabaret musician for Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Princess Cruise lines. He has recently returned to Adelaide where he works as a musician and teacher.
Dan works with numerous local ensembles and particularly enjoys musical theatre. He has served as musical director of Corner pocket Big Band and performed twice at the Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards ceremony. He is often heard in bands supporting Adelaide Fringe shows such as "The Glenn Miller Story," "Rat Pack Revue" and "Flower Children: The Mamas and the Papas Story". Other local performance highlights include the Glenelg and Mount Barker Jazz Festivals, the "Port Power goes Roaring Twenties" fundraiser ball and an Australian tour with progressive rock group Unitopia (with whom he also worked on their 2012 album The Covered Mirror: Volume 1). He also enjoys street performance, appearing with his wind quintet at "Haydn Seek" school holiday events.
Dan is passionate about the local music scene and the performance tradition and enjoys sharing his musical knowledge and experience with students.
||Guitar & Bass
Sean Renaud is a professional bassist and music educator from Denver, Colorado in the United States. He has performed professionally in a wide variety of music styles and venues. Classically, he has performed in the section of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and as the principal bassist of the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. He has performed professionally in the pit orchestra in an extensive number of musical theater productions in the US and Australia, including Shrek the Musical, Oklahoma!, Chicago, Rent, West Side Story, Hairspray and Legally Blonde. Locally, he performs frequently with Emma Knights Productions, having participated recently in productions of Summer of Love and Oklahoma! on the Four Oaks Horse Farm in Littlehampton.
As an educator, Sean Renaud has taught private lessons on the double bass and bass guitar since 2009. His students have gone on to audition successfully for several regional honor orchestras and prestigious performing arts schools. He completed his practical student teaching in the Spring of 2013, providing expert instruction to jazz bands, concert bands, orchestras and choirs, and continued to teach strings classes in Miami until 2014.
Sean Renaud received a Master’s Degree in Musical Instrument Performance from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado.
||Isaac Mouskovias – Piano and Voice
Isaac has been teaching both Voice and Piano privately for a number of years with students winning many accolades and various scholarships, as well as going on to tertiary education at leading universities around the country.
At the young age of 17, Isaac was accepted into university to begin his Bachelor of Music. He also was the first Piano student from SA in 10 years to receive a distinction on his Associate Musician Diploma. Isaac has also received numerous scholarships and awards, as well as being selected as the Young Victorian Scholar for 2014.
Isaac has studied Vocal Pedagogy and Anatomy, and Piano with leading teachers around the country, and loves sharing this knowledge with his students. Isaac is also a professional accompanist, musical director, vocal coach, and repetiteur. He is very passionate about accompaniment and performing with a soloist or in a chamber group.
Isaac's close attention to detail, understanding of correct technique, very mature musicality, and passion for helping others enables him to always bring out the best in his students. Since recently moving to Adelaide, Isaac is very excited to start teaching all the amazing students that live in this city.
Slava Grigoryan - Classical Guitar
Regarded as a “wizard” of the guitar, Slava has forged a prolific reputation as a classical guitar virtuoso. Grigoryan was born in Kazakhstan and immigrated with his family to Australia in 1981. He began studying the guitar with his violinist father Edward at the age of 6. By the time he was 17 he was signed to the Sony Classical Label.
His relationship with Sony Classical, ABC Classics in Australia, and now his own label Which Way Music has led to the release of over 20 solo and collaborative albums spanning a vast range of musical genres. He has won ARIA awards for Best Classical Album, Grigoryan has developed a talent for bewitching his audiences.
Since 2009, Slava has been the Artistic Director of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival. His fourth festival in this capacity will be in August 2016.
“A guitar player of uncommon originality and authority. Musicality, expressivity and daring …a singular talent.” The New York Times
“…a truly dazzling and brilliant performance – go and see him if you have the opportunity, he is one of the very best talents to have emerged in recent years”. Classical Guitar Magazine
Andrew Wiering - Drums
At age fifteen, drummer/percussionist Andrew Wiering was awarded a scholarship to study with Jim Bailey at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. His first prize at the Australian National Marimba Competition in 1999 led to him to study at the Bruckner University in Austria under Leonhard Schmidinger, principal timpanist of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and renowned marimba soloist Bogdan Bacanu where he was awarded a Masters degree in Percussion with high distinction in 2008. Andrew is currently completing his PhD at the University of Adelaide.
Andrew has taught at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in the Classical and Jazz departments and currently teaches at various private colleges in the Adelaide Metropolitan area.
He was a 2010 Category Finalist in the Symphony Australia ABC Young Performers Awards (YPA), performing Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra with the TSO and won first prize in the Adelaide Eisteddfod Society's Concerto Competition that year. In the 2011 YPA he performed the Ifukube Marimba Concertante conducted by Maestro Arvo Volmer with the ASO.
Andrew has performed regularly with the State Opera of Linz and the Bruckner Orchestra under conductor Dennis Russell Davies and has given masterclasses in Western Europe and Australia, and performed at a number of European festivals, including the Grafenegg Music Festival in Austria (Director: Rudolf Buchbinder) and Les Muséiques in Basle, Switzerland (Director: Peter Sadlo).
Ashley Pearse - Music Production & Recording
Ashley Pearse is an Electronic Music Producer (alias Rah Di Rah) with a passion for creating interesting and inspiring music. He is focused on passing on his knowledge to students who want to build their composition, recording and production skills, as well as creating a fan base and marketing their music.
Studying at the prestigious SAE Institute in Adelaide, completing Certificate III in Music, he learnt the music production skills that allow him to be creative with music, develop his signature sound and create productions with a professional sound quality. Starting his musical journey with formal training on drums and later guitar has given him a firm musical foundation that he uses to compose his musical pieces. Learning from the likes of Anth Gaskill and David Ridley has made Ashley aware of mediums and techniques that can be used to market and promote music successfully.
He has performed DJ sets alongside artist such as DanFX and Animal Shadows as well as having his music played on Adelaide Radio Station Fresh 92.7.
Ashley will find out what it is that you want to achieve and mentor you to help you achieve your goals. With him at your side, you too can learn the music production skills that will allow you to be creative with your music, develop your signature sound and create productions with a professional sound quality. Ashley can teach you composition skills that will enable you to create interesting and inspiring music, as well as mediums and techniques that can be used to market and promote your music successfully.