Russian-born flautist Zina Kaynarska is a well-known name in classical music. She is a winner of 1982 Ukrainian -Woodwind Competition and a First Prize winner of 1986 International Chamber Competition in Poland. She studied at Odessa State Conservatory, one of the oldest Russian institutions for concert musicians and music teachers.
Zina started her performing career as a Principal Flautist in the Ukrainian Symphony Orchestra, and later became a member of various Baroque and Woodwind ensembles with which she frequently toured Russia and Europe. She successfully combined orchestral performance with musical tuition. She was awarded with Commendation Certificate from Ukrainian Government for active work in the field of music and education.
Since arriving in Australia in 1996, Zina has given recitals at various venues in Sydney and Melbourne, including Sydney Opera House, Hamer Hall and Dallas Brooks Hall. She keeps teaching and has been granted AMTR Excellence Award 2004 "For Excellence in Teaching and the Running of a Music Teaching Business". She regularly performs at the Crown Casino, Hilton Hotel, German Lutheran Trinity Church, Armadale Uniting Church and other venues. She took part in various performances for special occasions such as BMW recital series in Sydney and Melbourne and the Ceremony of Paul Volenberg Monument re-opening where she gave a solo performance of Ernesto Bloch's "Abodah".
In 2012 Zina recorded new CD of classical, popular and music from movies. This CD features recording of "Sonata for Flute and Piano" written for her by Australian composer Phillip Gelbach.
Zina's repertoire includes arrangements of classical, jazz, popular and folk music. She performs solo, with backing tracks and with live piano accompaniment.
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Shannon is a specialist guitar teacher trained in the classical tradition and has a music degree from the University of Melbourne. His particular love of teaching comes from the sense of possibility that each student brings and the way in which the teacher's performance is enriched by the student's learning. He has a strong interest in the interaction of different styles of music, is very interested in composition and loves the simple musical expression of composers as far apart as J.S. Bach and Elvis Costello. He also loves the touch and feel of musical instruments, and has built his own marimba and various percussion instruments.
Shannon Millard studied music at the University of Melbourne under Ken Murray and Geoffrey Morris. He has participated in masterclasses with guitarists including Izhar Elias, Paul Beier, Jochen Schubert, and John Griffiths.
Shannon has an interest in a broad repertoire, but with a special focus on French Lute music of the 17th Century, German Lute music of the 18th Century, original guitar compositions of the 19th Century, and 20th Century avant garde. He maintains a busy schedule of teaching and performing.
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