Georgie Ostenfeld

Music Teacher

Georgie comes to the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium with a wealth of experience both teaching and performing around Australia and NZ. Having completed her Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Georgie then went on to study at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne under esteemed cello pedagogy, Howard Penny.

Georgie has performed with St John’s Camerata in Brisbane, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, was principal cello of the Australian Youth Orchestra, and won both the Queensland Conservatorium’s Piatti Price and Jani Haenke Chamber Music Prize.

As well as being a prolific performer, Georgie has a passion for education and a proven track record of inspiring her students through her teaching. Georgie has held teaching positions at
Brighton Grammar, Geelong Gramma, Suzanne Cory High School, Grace Luteran College, Siena Catholic College, and has been a tutor at the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra.

Where did you undergo training?

Queensland Conservatorium, Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne.

What instrument(s) do you teach?

Cello

What is your favourite genre of music?

I love exploring different genres of music, but I find myself always coming back to folk and rock. Of course classical is heavily in the mix too, along with plenty of Cat Empire, and great folk bands like The Punch Brothers and Crooked Still. I’m no stranger to music of past generations like the Beatles and Ella Fitzgerald too!

Who is your favourite musical artist or composer?

What a tough question. I’m not sure I have one favourite only, there are far too many incredible people to choose from. If I had to make a shortlist, I’d say these are the top contenders: Bach, Richard Strauss, Chopin, Beethoven, Mahler.