MICHAEL LOFTUS HILLS
Michael Loftus-Hills is a Melbourne violinist, pianist and Alexander Technique teacher who has worked primarily with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1996 and teaches at the graduate and post-graduate level at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.
He has toured with MSO to Europe, China and to St Petersburg for the famous “White Nights Festival”. In the early 1990s he played with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria where he performed onstage solos for the Australian Opera and the Australian Ballet. He was the concertmaster of the Baroque group, Ensemble Esterhaza, which performed at festivals throughout Australia and was heard in many live broadcasts for the ABC from 1992-94.
From 2009-2012, he was the Head of Strings at The University of Melbourne, teaching and mentoring the next generation of string players and continues to be involved with the Masters of Music (Performance Teaching). He is a teacher of all levels and has directed many workshops for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s “Outreach” education programme including the renowned Pizzicato Effect in Broadmeadows in 2015, employing the Sistema approach; utilising music for social change. He has managed and performed for the Musica Viva schools program with the string quartet “Strung Out”, is a Victorian Arts Centre artist and was a consultant for the Series 9 Violin Syllabus for the Australian Music Examination Board. He is also an AMEB examiner. He tutors for the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Border Music Camp and performs in Australia and in South-east Asia as a pianist in a duo with MSO violinist Isin Cakmakcioglu; they have recorded two of the Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano. Recent recitals as a violinist include New York with pianist Amir Farid in 2016 and earlier this year in Flinders, Victoria with cellist Zoe Knighton.
He also enjoys working with many amateur groups including the Stonnington Symphony Orchestra and performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto in 2013 with the Preston Symphony Orchestra.
In 2017, he graduated from three years of full time training where he received the Advanced Diploma of Alexander Technique Teaching and has attracted students from the Australian National Academy of Music, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and runs workshops for many schools. He is excited to share this new knowledge with musicians, and hopes to expand into other areas including sports, health and education.