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Remuera Music Academy

Cello Lessons, Clarinet Lessons, Flute Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Guzheng Lessons, Piano Lessons, Percussion Lessons, Saxophone Lessons, Violin Lessons, Viola Lessons | Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring

  • Qualifications: All our teachers have Bachelor Degree or higher qualification, we are commited at both teaching and performing music
  • Pricing: Terms package, holiday package, group lessons and more choices
  • Styles: All Music Genres
  • Suitability: All ages and all stages


We are a private School of Music. We obtained Resource Consent from Auckland council for the purpose-built Albany School of Music.

Remuera Music Academy and Albany School of Music are under the same management team. We established our Remuera Academy first and our new School of Music is in Albany.

Remuera Music Academy has a team of teachers drawn mainly from the Auckland region as well as visiting artist from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University and the School of Music at Auckland University.

Remuera Music Academy has grown rapidly in the last three years. The school has been acknowledged by New Zealand’s major media and our students’ parents are actively involved in different musical activities.

Our commitment to the highest level of music education is shown in our wide range of music activities. Besides ABRSM, TRINITY and NZMEB grades exams preparation, our students participate in music-exchange school trips to Europe and Australia, also participating in public Masterclasses with professors from the University of Auckland and internal workshops focused on each instrument. Our new campus, Albany School of Music, also endeavours to produce students who are not only technically and intellectually assured musicians, but vibrant and spiritually enriched an individual artist.

Greetings from the Head of the School

For the joy of being a music student in our school!

Music moves people of all cultures, and we feel the happiness in our daily life just from listening and playing instruments. These warm feelings are where we all started. We at the Remuera Music Academy and Albany School of Music would love to share these feelings, desires, and aspirations with you.

We will offer our students music training and learning of the highest standard, as well as a variety of opportunities to fulfill their dreams by learning from our high-calibre teachers who will employ the most effective educational methods.

Through continuing innovation, we will provide a superb level of school-concerts, master-classes, short-term intensive programmes and school holiday activities to meet our students needs and assist them to achieve their greatest level of satisfaction.

Grace Liu

Head of Remuera Music Academy &
Albany School of Music

Our Music Director is the New Zealand based German flautist and conductor Uwe Grodd. He first gained worldwide recognition when he won First Prize at the Cannes Classical Awards 2000 for the Best Eighteenth Century Orchestral Recording with his CD of Symphonies by J.B. Vanhal (8.554341). Performance highlights include eight concerts with the Mexico City Philharmonic, televised open-air concerts of the Handel Festival Halle, with a choir of 280 voices and the State Philharmonic Orchestra and a season in the Halle Opera House of Handel’s opera Imeneo.

The Head of Piano, Rae de Lisle, has produced many outstanding young pianists, including prizewinners in the Sydney International Piano Competition, the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, the Bradshaw and Buono Competition in New York, and the Perrenoud Foundation International Piano Competition. In New Zealand in both the 2009 and 2010 National Concerto Competitions all three finalists had been her students.

Piano Programme Coordinator, Richard Kuan-Lin Liu, graduated with a MMus with First Class Honours in Piano Performance at the University of Auckland and a MMus in Accompanying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London with full bursary. He has collaborated with various organisations including Auckland Choral, Voices New Zealand, University Singers, New Zealand Opera, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Opus Orchestra, Waitakere Orchestra, Queenstown Violin Summer School and Westlake Girls High School. He is now involved with the Pettman National Academy, Piano Program Coordinator for Albany Music Academy & Remuera Music Academy, as well as adjudicating regional competitions, and examining for NZMEB.

The Head of Strings, Stephen Larsen, Since his student days in Christchurch he has had a fascination with violin pedagogy, something which he has studied intensively ever since. He maintains a busy teaching schedule, as well as teaching violin and viola at the University of Auckland he teaches students in both Christchurch and Auckland through the Pettman National Junior Academy of Music. His students have enjoyed success in numerous competitions on a national and international level and have gone on to work and study all over the world. He has regularly been invited to give lessons, masterclasses and talks on violin playing and teaching throughout New Zealand.

Strings & Baroque Programme Coordinator, James Bush Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, James studied with Ellen Doyle before leaving to complete his undergraduate studies with Christopher Bunting and Derek Simpson, graduating with first class honours from the Royal Academy of Music, London. This was followed by a Master of Music degree with Timothy Eddy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. James later studied baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai and Markus Möllenbeck at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin.

Visiting Professor, Takako Nishizaki, is one of Japan’s finest violinists. After studying with her father, Shinji Nishizaki, she became the first student of Shinichi Suzuki, the founder of the famous Suzuki Method of violin teaching. Subsequently she went to Japan’s famous Toho School of Music, and to the Juilliard School in the United States, where she studied with Joseph Fuchs. She was second prize winner in the 1964 Leventritt International Competition, and first prize winner in the 1967 Juilliard Concerto Competition.

Other music professionals at Remuera Music Academy are:


Fumie Kiuchi – Piano

Pianist, accompanist, composer and teacher. Fumie started taking piano and solfege lessons at the age of three. Fumie graduated from the Tokyo College of Music on Classical Piano Performance, also studied at Longy school of Music and The New school in U.S.

Yulia Sheynin – Piano

A qualified and experienced music education specialist with extensive knowledge and experience in the theory and practice of music education in a variety of culture and ethnic environments.

Eddie Giffney · Piano

New Zealand multi-instrumentalist Eddie Giffney recently received his Masters of Music with Distinction, majoring in Performance Piano at the Royal College of Music. He is now studying for a doctorate at the University of Auckland. He has achieved success on three instruments: piano, accordion and harpsichord.

Teresa de Vries · Piano

Teresa was the recipient of three first in class awards (Musician’s Health, Studio Pedagogy and Music Education Research Methods) and a Kate Edgar Trust Masters Award Scholarship. Teresa is a regular competition adjudicator and presenter of professional development seminars for teachers and workshops for students.

Laura Gu – Piano

Laura Gu, began studying piano at the age of four, has recently completed her Master of Arts in Music at the Waikato Institute of Technology, and in 2012 she had finished her Bachelor of Music performance degree at the University of Chengdu. She is commendable in teaching piano and music theory for young children and adolescents.

Sayaka Hughes – Piano

Sayaka Hughes, is currently in her last year of studying a Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland, where she has a full academic scholarship. She is being taught by Head of Piano, Dr Rae de Lisle. She greatly enjoys teaching piano to students and has previously accompanied various ensembles and vocalists for concerts and competitions.

Tina Kim – Piano

Tina was a finalist in the National Christchurch Piano Competition and she has gained first prize at the Auckland University’s Gala Concerto Competition. She also won the first prize at the 2012 National Young Performer Awards. Tina has toured the UK after winning the Royal Overseas League/Pettman Scholarships performing with the Trinity trio.

Ludwig Treviranus · Piano

Ludwig holds a Doctorate of Music from Florida State University. He was a finalist for the Beethoven International Piano Sonata Competition in Memphis (2009) as well as the Florida State Music School Chopin Competition (2010). Before his studies in Florida, Ludwig held a scholarship as a Maori/Pacific Island scholar to complete his Masters degree at the University of Auckland under Dr Rae de Lisle. In addition to performance and teaching, Ludwig is an active adjudicator for regional music competitions around the country.

Annabel Yu  · Piano 

Annabel Yu, pianist for more than 10 years and is currently completing BMus in University of Auckland with David Guerin. Not only can she play the piano, Annabel is also a singer and a percussionist. She has won many awards in the past few years with various choirs, orchestras and chamber groups.

Linda Lin · Piano 

Linda Lin holds a Master of Music with First Class Honours in Piano Performance at the University of Auckland under the guidance of Rae De Lisle and Stephen De Pledge. Linda has been a prize winner in numerous competitions from national and local competitions in Hong Kong, Beijing and Hainan. Linda was a semifinalist competitor in the Wallace Piano Competition in 2015.

Keith Moss  · Piano

Keith Moss completed a Masters degree in composition in 2007, under Péter Louis van Dijk at Rhodes University and in 2011 relocated to Pretoria. In 2010 he won the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship for composition, one of South Africa’s largest prizes for this category and in 2011 travelled to the United Kingdom to further his education.  His doctoral creative output was awarded the Faculty prize at the University of Pretoria where Keith completed his degree in 2017 under Prof. Alexander Johnson.


Melody Lin – Flute & Woodwinds Programme Coordinator

Melody has taught flute and chamber music at The University of Auckland since 2008. She is the director of the Magic Flutes NZ, the University of Auckland Flute Ensemble. Melody is the Principal Flute of the Manukau Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Pipers Sinfonia. Melody obtained her Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium, she furthered her studies at The University of Aucklandwith Professor Uwe Grodd, gaining a Master of Music with First Class Honours and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

Clare Penny – Flute

Clare Penny (DipMus (perf), Cert TESOL, ABRSM, AIRMT) has played and taught in NZ, Europe and China, including 18 months living in Beijing. Recently, she re-entered Auckland University to achieve her Masters Degree.

Zoe Stenhouse-Burgess – Flute

Zoe has won a number of awards in the NZ Woodwind Competitions and NZ Chamber Music Competition. Zoe performed in the Concerto Concert of the 16th World Suzuki Conference in Matsumoto, Japan, and was selected for the final of the Australian Flute Festival Young Artists Competition. Zoe is a student at University of Auckland.

Yunesang Yune – Flute

Yunesang has been recipients of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestras Internship programme (2016) , Therle Drake award(2016), Finalist of the NZ woodwind competition(2012), Best performer of a NZ work(2012), and awarded the KBB award for her sextet “Les Six”(2015).

Esther Hunter – Flute

Esther Hunter is the current concertmaster for the Gold award-winning University of Auckland Concert Band and the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds. Esther is a 2017 flautist/piccolo player in the Auckland Youth Orchestra, and currently studying a Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland with Prof. Uwe Grodd.

Jessica Yun – Flute

Jisu (Jessica) Yun is on her third-year of studying at the University of Auckland majoring in Classical Performance, flute by her mentor Uwe Grodd. She has been selected into the finals at the New Zealand Woodwind Competition, ATCL with distinction (2013), and finalist for the National Chamber music contest “Schmitten” (2013-2014).

Emma McNab – Flute

A third year Performance Flute Student at The University of Auckland, Emma McNab has moved from her home town of New Plymouth to peruse her University Studies under Prof Uwe Grodd. Having developed her love of flute supported by a strong musical community which proudly encourages young performers, Emma is now enjoying sharing the musical knowledge she has gained with our young musicians.

Tomomi Johnston – Saxophone and Clarinet

Tomomi performed at the final concert of the 2015 New Zealand School of Music’s, Queens Birthday Chamber Music weekend and LECT presents tertiary chamber groups. Tomomi gained the top mark in NZ of Trinity College London Grade 7, passed the ATCL with distinction and LTCL in 2016.


Daly Li – Violin

Daly won the Manukau Symphony Orchestra Competition in 2014 and was awarded with a scholarship. Also in 2015 he was also awarded the Eleanor Spragg scholarship. He was awarded the Rive Cup of Excellence in Instrumental Music in 2011.

Martin Qi – Viola and Violin

Martin has been a finalist in both the NZCT National Chamber Music Competition and the ACMS Competition. Martin Qi has completed a Masters of Music at the University of Auckland specializing in Studio Pedagogy. In 2012 Martin was the assistant-principal viola in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.

Charles Brooks – Cello

Charles is one of New Zealand’s leading cellists. In a long international career he has been principal cello with the Shenzhen Symphony and Guiyang Symphony Orchestras, China, the Orquestra de Camara de Valdivia, Chile and most recently tutti cello with the Sao Paulo Symphony in Brazil.

Joshua Kirk – Violin

Joshua is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Auckland, studying violin with Stephen Larsen. A recipient of a University of Auckland scholarship for “academic excellence, all-round ability, and leadership potential”, Joshua has a passion for helping people learn.

Charlotte Francis – Violin

Charlotte Francis, PhD, MA, BA (Hons), Mus B (Hons), LMus (Violin) (AMEB), AMus (Piano) (AMEB), grew up in Brisbane and began learning violin and piano from the age of five. Charlotte has a passion for teaching violin and is currently assistant teacher to Stephen Larsen (University of Auckland) and Takako Nishizaki. Her students have achieved success in competitions around New Zealand as well as participated in the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra and continued to study music at tertiary level.

Marika Balzat – Violin

Marika started learning the violin at the age of 4 and has been passionate about music ever since. She has been part of many performance opportunities, including touring with her family band to the USA, parts of Europe, Australia, and Fiji. She has a particular love for teaching music and has had experience teaching children of various ages. She is currently in her 2nd year at Auckland University studying her Bachelors in Violin Performance and has also gained her ATCL Diploma in Violin.

Mary O’Brien – Violin

Mary O’Brien studied at the Paris Conservatoire for five years with Gabriel Bonillon on a French Government Scholarship. Later she taught the violin at Bedales School, Petersfield. For two years she toured throughout Italy as a member of the Santa Cecilia String Orchestra. In 1976 Mary accepted the position of Senior Lecturer in Violin at the University of Auckland. She regularly broadcasts, has toured with the Federation of Chamber Music Societies and gives concerts with orchestras and chamber music groups.


Daniel Ortiz – Guitar Programme Coordinator

Daniel is currently the Director of Percuaction New Zealand. Daniel gained a Bachelor of Music at Javeriana University, Bogota Colombia in 2009. In 2013 he received a Graduate Diploma in Business from AUT. Now his guitar teaching experience spans more than fifteen years.

Peter Doublinszki – Guitar

Peter is an accomplished concert guitarist. He completed Master of Music Degree with First Class Honors in Performance at the University of Auckland. He toured Europe extensively giving solo and chamber music concerts. Peter is also a very experienced guitar teacher; many of his pupils have won prizes in prestigious competitions.

Barkin Sertkaya – Guitar

Barkin is a classical guitarist, educator and a performer. He holds more than a decade of experience in teaching in primary and tertiary fields, while carrying out his instrumentalist career. He toured South-East Europe and Asia-minor with renown vocal artist Cem Adrian, performed with celebrated pianist Fazil Say, delivered numerous solo/ chamber recitals and was nominated as a multi-instrumentalist in Cirque du Soleil’s ZED.

Rowan Lacey – Guitar

Musically active most of his life, Rowan Lacey has studied a variety of instruments such as the classical guitar, jazz saxophone and cornet and has led him to studying classical guitar at the University of Auckland.


Catrin Johnsson – Head of Voice

Catrin is a Performance Teacher at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is a guest tutor at the New Zealand National Singing School. Catrin Johnsson was trained at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm (Solo Vocal Course), where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music.  She completed her formal training at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with a PG.Dip in Opera as well as a Dip.RAM and LRAM.

Kate Webber – Voice

Mezzo-soprano, Kate Webber (nee Spence) was educated at The University of Auckland and the Queensland Conservatorium, Australia. She graduated with a Master of Music (Dist.) and Post Graduate Diplomas in Opera and Vocal Studies.  She holds an FTCL in Voice from the Trinity College of Music, London. Kate has been a prizewinner in the NZ Mobil Song Quest and has gained a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to study in Austria at the Orff Institut, Salzburg.

Elizabeth Mandeno – Voice

Elizabeth Mandeno is a 2017 Freemasons NZ Opera Artist. She has a BMus (Hons) in Classical Voice Performance with First Class Honours and a BA in Italian language and literature from the University of Auckland. In 2013-14, she was a Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with NZ Opera, where she understudied mainstage roles as well as touring schools and mentoring young singers as part of the company’s education programme.

Clare Hood – Voice

Clare has received numerous awards and scholarships such as: the University of Auckland Research Masters Scholarship, Kate Edgar Educational Charitable Trust Vinka Marinovich Award in Music (2017) and the Evelyn M. Harris Scholarship, Anne Bellam Scholarship, Lilburn Trust Performance Award (Best Performer), Finalist in Dame Malvina Major NZ Aria (2016).


Sarah Watkins – Chamber Music

Sarah is a founding member of NZTrio, a group widely recognized as one of New Zealand’s most dynamic and indispensable music ensembles, bringing bold and eclectic performances to audiences around the world. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Canterbury (NZ) and the Juilliard School in New York City, where she earned both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in collaborative piano. While living in the US, Sarah worked as a staff pianist at Juilliard, Yale University, and the Aspen Music Festival.

Terry Spragg MNZM – Consultant Adviser

Terry Spragg was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, MNZM, for her services to the performing arts, particularly in Manukau, South Auckland. Her career has been devoted to the advancement of music education with particular interest in the fostering of instrumental ensemble participation for youth and community musicians.

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Teaching Info

Our schools have three teaching levels:





Our Group Classes are:

Music Language & Aural

Ensemble (duet, trio or larger formats)

Instrument for beginners (2 to 6 students per class)

Rhythm class


Our teachers have been using both ABRSM and TRINITY syllabus. Recently we include the NZMEB syllabus in our teaching programme, because NZMEB have now achieved NZQA recognition for their music exams.

“When entrants enrol to be examined for NZMEB music exams, they can also enrol for NCEA credits for levels 1, 2 and 3 for solo and group performances. So all those entrants who cannot fit music into their school programmes can still gain NCEA credits with achieved, merit and excellence grades: NZMEB grade 3 (Level 1), grades 4 & 5 (level 2), and grade 6 (level 3).

NZMEB is the only music exam board able to offer this to their entrants.”

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