Viola Lessons | Violin Lessons
- Qualifications: MMus (dist), BMus (hons)
- Pricing: From $40
- Suitability: All ages - adult beginners especially welcome
Originally from Dunedin, Helen Lee (Bevin) gained a Masters of Music with Distinction from Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2011, studying under Rachel Roberts. She then freelanced with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia, touring extensively throughout Europe and China, and was appointed Solo Viola with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra in Finland.
Helen has played solo and chamber recitals throughout New Zealand and the UK, and has attended IMS Prussia Cove, Thy Masterclass and Moritzburg Festival Academy, as well as winning a number of awards including the Pettman/ROSL Arts International Scholarship. Helen returned to New Zealand to join the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2015. Alongside the busy orchestral season she enjoys teaching, as well as solo and chamber music performances, most recently at the Dunedin Arts Festival and touring for Chamber Music NZ.
The gorgeous sound that stringed instruments make is why I fell in love with first the violin, and then the viola, so this is the focus of my teaching. To get the best sound out of the instrument a focus on good technique and basic posture is needed. Alongside this I endeavour to develop each students individual connection with the music, and develop the use of music as a means of communication.
I especially enjoying teaching adult beginners who have taken the plunge into the simultaneously beautiful, hard, and very rewarding journey of playing a stringed instrument! I have been blown away by the success my adult students have had in picking up the violin.
I teach all school age students through Epsom Music School, based at ACG Parnell on Titoki Street in Parnell. This offers my students access to performing in twice yearly concerts, and theory/aural classes if needed, and teaching follows the school terms. Contact me in the first instance and once we’ve scheduled a lesson time you can enrol through the school.
I teach all adults from Mount Roskill. Rather than a set weekly lesson time we will schedule lessons as we go in a way that fits in with your life. I do however highly encourage weekly lessons for best progress.