Rebecca White

Rebecca commenced violin lessons at the age of seven years with Graham Wood, O.A.M., and piano lessons with her mother. Rebecca attended Carine High School until the end of year 10 (despite missing most of year 9 due to illness), then after a successful audition was accepted into the WA Conservatorium of Music at an early age of 15 years, where she began studying with Mr. Peter Exton.

Although younger than her colleagues, Rebecca won many awards and led many ensembles during her time at the conservatorium. During her first year she was selected to play solo at the Perth Concert Hall for the ECU Graduation Ceremony and again in her second year as a member of a string quartet. In 2000 she performed solo for Rolf Harris and later the same year she performed for the Queen, as a member of Ensemble Archangelo, for her Royal visit to Australia.

In January 2000 Rebecca was selected as Concertmaster of the Bishop Orchestra in Sydney for National Music Camp. She was subsequently selected as first violinist in a quartet chosen to represent Youth Music Australia at the Sydney Arts Festival at Government House. Rebecca was the only string player from Western Australia to play in the second round of the ABC Young Performers Awards and as a result of this was chosen to record a solo recital for the ABC National Radio “Young Australia” programme. In September Rebecca gained her L.Mus.A for violin performance through the Australian Music Examinations Board and in October was named the Most Outstanding Performer of 2000 at the North of Perth Eisteddfod.

In 2001, Rebecca was Concertmaster of the Llewellyn Chamber Orchestra at National Music Camp held in Canberra, in January, and at the same time was selected to partake in the Advanced Chamber Music Programme studying and performing works by Peter Sculthorpe. Late April saw Rebecca travel to Sydney for a two week intensive Chamber Music Programme with the Tacaks String Quartet and the Australian String Quartet. In May, she was the only West Australian string player to successfully complete stage one of ABC Young Performers Awards and then was subsequently promoted to the 2nd stage representing WA. In July, she toured Europe (on full scholarship) as a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra with guest conductor and soloist Vladimir Ashkenazy. Rebecca was selected, as one of only 20 string players and pianists Australia wide, into the Australian National Academy’s Advanced Performance Programme.

2002 and 2003 saw Rebecca move to Melbourne to take up the scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music. In April 2002, she travelled to Brussels to take part in the International Festival ‘MUSICI ARTIS’ playing the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra from Nizhny-Novogod. In July she was chosen to play first violin in the resident String Quartet at the 5th International Guitar Festival run by Youth Music Australia studying with Keith Crellin and performing with International Guitarists. In August 2002 and 2003 Rebecca was again chosen to travel with the Academy to Salzburg to take part in the International Mozarteum Summer Academy, studying with Professor Shmuel Ahkenarsi. At the end of this year, Rebecca received a place at the Eastman School of Music to study Masters in Performance with Professor Oleh Krysa.

Rebecca became a casual member of the WA Symphony Orchestra at age 17 and has performed on two occasions, as a soloist with the WA Symphony orchestra as part of the Young Artists Programme, the Russian Orchestra from Ninzy-Novogod and in 2004 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in the string finals of the ABC Young Performers Awards. She has studied with Graham Wood O.A.M, Peter Exton (long term), and short term with Oleh Krysa, John Harding, Rudolph Koelman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Jan Sedivka, Michael Golschlager, Alexander Ballie, David Strange, Tacaks String Quartet and Australian String Quartet.

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