Instrument: Piano and flute
Chloe is one of our most qualified teachers at Maxx Music; she helps students prepare for their practical and musicianship exams. She is currently completing her PHD in Composition at Western Sydney University.
1. How long have you been teaching at Maxx Music?
Just under five years.
2. When was the first time you realised you wanted to play music?
I’m not sure, to be honest. My parents put me into piano lessons at the age of five and since then, I’ve been inseparable.
3. Favourite gig you’ve played/ Favourite gig you’ve been to?
As a teenager, I was part of an orchestra that performed at the Opera House on a regular basis and when I was seventeen, as our final piece we performed “In Caelum Fero" by Adiemus. From what I remember, it was quite a challenging piece and we had been frantically working on nailing these challenging rhythms in time as an orchestra as well as with the choir, so everyone was quite nervous about the performance. When we did play it, something had ignited within each performer, as we played with passion and confidence all the way to the final note. When the conductor cut us off, our sound still resonated within the hall, there was a second of silence and then the audience went wild with a standing ovation. Playing flute, I was fortunate to be in the front row and got to experience the audience’s reaction in full which was so spectacular that almost ten years later, I can still feel the rush of emotions I felt that night.
My favourite concert I have been too would have to be a series of salon performances I attended during my stay in Poland last year. Whilst very small and intimate, these performances solely focused on the piano and gave homepage to Polish composer, Frederic Chopin. Never have I been exposed to such talent in several pianists’ who were able to express Chopin’s suffering through beautiful lyricism with the underlying dramatic harmonic colour provided through the accompaniment; their fingers gracefully danced on the keys with passion and dignity. It truly was an inspiring experience that not only educated me, but more importantly, allowed my passion for the piano to grow deeper; it was like falling in love all over again.
4. What’s your favourite piece of music?
This is a tough question! One of my favourite pieces based on aural perception, would have to be the second movement of Chopin’s piano Concerto in F minor. Even though Chopin is not well-known for his orchestrations, this movement comprises of beauty, passion and sadness. The sweet lyricism provided by the woodwind, with the underlying tremolos heard in the strings, combined with the delicacy of the piano, is just a matched made in heaven for my musical palette.
5. Why do you think people should come and learn at Maxx Music?
At Maxx Music, there are opportunities to not only work with highly proficient teachers of diverse practices on a one-to-one system, but also to experience the wealth of knowledge that other teachers offer through collaborative environments. Exposure to a variety of teachers and playing with students of similar skill-sets through bands or ensemble work, is an asset that can greatly contribute to your musical learning and it’s a fun way of meeting like-minded musicians who share the same passion!