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, studying violin with Elizabeth Morgan, John Willison and John Curro, and piano with Joyce Bennett and Diane Selmon. While still at school she formed a very successful string quartet with her three sisters which performed extensively throughout Australia.
Although maintaining a busy performing schedule, she completed a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours and then a Master of Arts from the University of Queensland. This led to a Teaching Fellowship and scholarship at the University of Otago where she gained her PhD in Classics with a Commentary on Book 10 of Martial’s Epigrams. Whilst studying, she performed regularly both as solo and ensemble performer throughout the South Island, and taught violin for the Marama Strings Project, in association with the University of Otago and subsequently established a successful violin studio in Dunedin. In 2011, Charlotte commenced her Bachelor of Music in violin performance with Stephen Larsen at the University of Canterbury, before moving to Auckland to pursue an Honours degree at the University of Auckland. She has taught for the Pettman National Junior Academy and participated in masterclasses and lessons with Elisabeth Kufferath, Charles Castleman, Donald Armstrong, Nikki Chooi, and Ida Kavafian.
She continues to perform in many ensembles nationally and in 2016 formed the Francis-Lee duo with pianist Gemma Lee, which performs regularly throughout the Auckland region. 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.