Historical Performance

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is arguably the most most vibrant centre for the study of historical performance in Australia. Lecturers in the Sydney Conservatorium Historical Performance Unit include musicians who perform regularly with leading national and international ensembles which foster historically informed performance (HIP) such as the Ironwood, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Pinchgut Opera, Salut! Baroque, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and English Baroque Soloists.

The Historical Performance Unit currently offers tuition in a wide range of historical instruments including clavichord; harpsichord; fortepiano (including 18th and 19th centuries); lute and guitar; viola da gamba; trumpet; cornetto; sackbut; historical violin, viola, cello and bass (17th to the 19th centuries); recorder; baroque and classical flutes, oboes and bassoons. These instruments can be taken as a principal study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

Chamber music and orchestral studies programs complement academic studies in historical performance. Students gain experience in the Early Music Ensemble (the Sydney Conservatorium’s period instrument orchestra), meeting twice weekly and performing four or more varied concert programs each year. Masterclasses and lecture/demonstrations from local and international artists supplement the student’s experience, and the Historical Performance Workshop provides hands-on feedback from tutors and peers.

Study Options

Historical Performance Faculty

  • Associate Professor Neal Peres Da Costa – Historical Keyboards
  • Dr Daniel Yeadon – Lecturer in Cello and Viola da Gamba and Chair of Historical Performance Unit (Acting)
  • Dr Marina Robinson – Lecturer in Violin and Viola
  • Miss Rachael Beesley – Casual Lecturer in Violin
  • Ms Nicole Forsyth – Casual Lecturer in Viola
  • Mr Hans-Dieter Michatz – Casual Lecturer in Recorder, Flute
  • Mr Owen Watkins – Casual Lecturer in Oboe
  • Miss Megan Lang – Casual Lecturer in Flute
  • Mr Matthew Manchester – Casual Lecturer in Cornetto and Pre-Baroque Practice
  • Miss Leanne Sullivan – Casual Lecturer in Trumpet
  • Dr Darryl Poulsen – Casual Lecturer in Horn
  • Mr Tommie Andersson – Casual Lecturer in Lute and Guitar
  • Miss Joanna Tondys – Casual Lecturer in early Keyboard
  • Miss Esther Kim – Casual Lecturer in Early Keyboard
  • Mr Anthony Abouhamad – Casual Lecturer in Early Keyboard and Continuo

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Postgraduate Audition Requirements