Stephen Larsen – Head of Strings
Stephen Larsen is a well known New Zealand violin teacher. 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 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 masterclasses and talks on violin playing and teaching throughout New Zealand.
James Bush is now the Strings & Baroque Programme Coordinator.
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.