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Lauren Simpkins

Wellington
Piano Lessons, Singing Lessons | Theory Lessons

  • Qualifications: BMus (Performance) (Hons), LTCL (Performance) (Hons), DipABRSM (Performance)

Bio

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) (Honours) degree from the University of Melbourne, where she studied with Olga Kharitonova and Igor Machlak. Lauren is a Licentiate of Trinity College London (Distinction) (Performance) and holds a Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (Performance). She is the winner of a number of awards including the Una Bourne Scholarship for piano performance and the Rosemary Kenny Prize for the highest mark in a final year piano recital.

Lauren has worked extensively as a pianist, with over fourteen years’ experience including performances in the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Final, the University of Melbourne Chamber Music Final and on 3MBS radio’s ‘Live at the Convent’ program. She has played with the University of Melbourne Vocal Ensemble and for conducting masterclasses with Grammy Award winner Jerry Blackstone. She has accompanied theatre productions of ‘Urinetown’ and ‘Rent’, and recently played for Kate Allnutt’s ‘Imagine Nation’ cabaret at Melbourne’s Butterfly Club.

Lauren further holds a Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (Performance) in flute and sang for a number of years in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Teaching Info

VOCAL LESSONS AND REPERTOIRE COACHING

Lauren is an experienced singer with particular specialisation in the musical theatre repertoire. Lessons for beginners have a particular focus on performance skills and are excellent for building confidence. For advanced students, there is a strong concentration on repertoire development.

Lauren plays the full piano accompaniment at each lesson and is able to provide exceptional preparation for auditions and performances.

PIANO AND ACCOMPANIMENT LESSONS

Lauren is an accomplished pianist with experience across a broad range of styles. Whatever your level, she will tailor lessons to the genres you prefer while maintaining a strong theoretical grounding.