Cello, Piano, Double Bass (classical)
Claudia Douglas grew up with music in the household. Her father played jazz piano and her mother took her to free Sydney Symphony Orchestra concerts at the Town Hall. Piano lessons ensued and wanting to join the local Youth Orchestra, she began cello, its dark mellow sound and vibrations instantly captivating her.
She attended the Conservatorium High School studying piano with Nancy Salas, cello with Cedric Ashton and chamber music with Lois Simpson. After graduating she concentrated on cello and studied with Nathan Waks and then David Pereira. Chamber music and Orchestral literature were the musical joys of those days and many great local and visiting artists held Masterclasses in which Claudia would participate. These included the Sydney String Quartet, William Primrose, Geoffrey Parsons and André Navarra among others. As principal cello in the Sydney Youth Orchestra under Richard Gill her musical training was very rich indeed. She credits much of her love of teaching with the time spent under his tutelage, and Richard’s inspiring humour, imagination and integrity underpins her teaching style.
She played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra, gave live solo broadcasts with the ABC, recorded music for film and television and played principal cello in many major musicals in Sydney as well as a national tour with the Sydney Theatre Company.
Claudia taught in Orange for several years at the Regional Conservatorium and at Kinross Wolaroi School.
She undertook post graduate studies in Melbourne with Molly Kadarauch and gained a Graduate Diploma in performance from the University of Melbourne in 2007.
In her spare time Claudia enjoys paddling a 16’ Wenonah canoe and building on her small property in Canyonleigh. She is an active member of the Canyonleigh Rural Fire Brigade