Robert Sipos-Ori is a dual national pianist, born in Australia from Hungarian parentage. In 2010 he was appointed as an Exchange Scholar at the Escola Superior de Artes Instituto Politecnico de Macau, and prior to this he taught Piano performance at the University of Melbourne for 8 years. In addition, he is a specialist examiner in piano with the Australian Music Examinations Board, a post he has held since 2002.
His formal musical training was completed at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and also a period of study with Prof. Attila Némethy at the renowned Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He has studied with several other pianists of international repute such as Geoffrey Tozer, and Ian Holtham. Robert Sipos-Ori has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes in both Australia and Europe, including the Silver Cross Medal by the Order of Vitéz, Budapest Hungary for his contributions to Music and two consecutive Australian Post Graduate Awards. His book focusing on Bartok's piano works, published in Köln, Germany, has been received with critical acclaim.
Dr Micheal Giddens studied piano with Margaret Schofield, a distinguished pupil of the famed English pianist Solomon. At the University of Melbourne Micheal completed a B.Mus; M.Education and Ph.D. The latter involved a study of acquiring musicianship through the teachings of Dalcroze, Orff, Kodaly and Suzuki. The thesis was awarded the University of Melbourne Freda Cohen Prize. At Wisconsin U.S.A. Micheal studied Duo Piano techniques with Nancy and Dallas Arganbright and, in Switzerland, Micheal graduated the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze obtaining the Licenciate Diploma.
In Melbourne Micheal has taught pianoforte and advanced aural skills at the Deakin University and Melba Conservatorium. Presently, he is involved with his own private studio and examines for the Australian Music Examinations Board. Micheal has presented at Conferences in the U.S.A., South Korea, England, and Australia. Alongside music, Micheal is also a Fine Artist and has paintings in collections worldwide.
MARTA MAJKA was born and educated in Hungary. She is a graduate of the prestigious Teacher's Training College of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, and the Richter Janos Music Conservatoire in Györ, Hungary. Her teaching career began with appointments at Budapest's prestigious music schools, and later in New Zealand and Australia, where her students have achieved great success. Martha is also a keen advocate of Chamber Music, having completed Music Performance degrees in Piano and Chamber Music. She has performed extensively with various chamber groups and piano duo's with Eva Holger and Irina Cherkasski.
YAU WANG studied piano with Prof. Choi Sown Le (Hong Kong) and Len Vorster (Melbourne). She is a graduate of The University of Melbourne, The Hong Kong Baptist University, and Monash University, and holds Bachelor and Masters degrees. As well as being a highly proficient pianist, Wang has been a registered Music Therapist with the Australian Music Therapy Association since 2002 receiving her training under the supervision of Dr Denise Grocke who is president of the World Federation of Music Therapy. Yau Wang has been in demand, conducting music therapy programs in Australia, Hong Kong and China. She was also the Secretary of the International Chinese Music Therapy Association.
Wang has a keen interest in the management of stress and performance anxiety in musicians, and through her training as a pianist and music therapist, she is well trained to deal with this. With her track record, she has been invited to deliver training courses, seminars and workshops for various organisations including the Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Piano Music Association, Haven of Hope Christian Service, The Association of Hong Kong Nursing Staff, Heep Hong Society, Children’s Cancer Foundation, Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care, and Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service. In 2016, Ms Yau was chosen amongst a select few Music Therapists from Hong Kong to take part in a Music Therapy project in conjunction with MOOV to compile music therapy playlists. She has also run a successful private practice, Do Re Mi Music Therapy Centre, for more than a decade.
Raizel Wong is a graduate of the Escola Superior de Artes, Instituto Politecnico de Macau. She majored in piano under the tutelage of Robert Sipos-Ori, and received her Bachelor of Music in Education. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes in recognition for her teaching success.