Jillian grew up the Southern Highlands. She began learning cello at the age of seven from Tanya Phillips at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. Throughout her childhood, Jill’s love for cello grew in leaps and bounds, which led to her relocation to Adelaide in 2011 to undertake a Bachelor of Music Performance under the tutelage of Janis Laurs. During her studies, she also had additional periods of tutelage with cellists Ewen Bramble and Sharon Draper.
Jill has a wide range of teaching experience, both in school and in my private studio, with ages ranging from children as young as 5 up to adult learners. Jill has taken students through all levels of AMEB, and year 12 music. I love teaching students of all different ages, with each stage of life and age has a unique opportunity for me to nurture their love of music.
Jill’s performance experience includes being a cellist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Amicus Strings and many other freelance opportunities around Adelaide. She has also a wealth of experience from Australian Youth Orchestra programs, and being principal cellist and soloist with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra.
Jill has participated in masterclasses from renowned musicians including Howard Penny, Pei-Jee Ng, Li-Wei Qin, Rushad Eggleston, Alban Gerhardt, James Ehnes, Michael Haber, Anna Goldsworthy and Nicolas Alstaedt.
When not playing cello or teaching, Jill enjoys spending time with a cup of coffee in hand (or let’s be honest, sometimes the cello and coffee happen at the same time). Outside of this, she is also a sunflower growing, macaron baking, bushwalking, dog-loving, road-trip loving person.