About Tiana Angus

About Tiana

1. My kindergarten teacher told my mother that I was excelling in music, and she recommended I started some music lessons.  My mother signed me up for piano lessons (having learnt the piano herself when she was young).  At my first piano lesson I exclaimed that I did not want to play the piano, but rather I wanted to play the violin - I had seen Itzhak Perlman playing on Sesame Street.  I then started violin at the age of four with the Suzuki Method and hardly a day has gone by since that I haven't played violin.

2. A few years later I began learning piano from the teacher I told I didn't want to play piano, and I actually did really enjoy it - possibly because my teacher lived next door to a little convenience store and I was allowed 50c worth of lollies some weeks.  I learnt piano throughout school, and especially enjoyed playing jazz.  When I moved to Brisbane (to study violin) I no longer had a piano to practice on and unfortunately now I'm actually quite a hopeless pianist.  I'd love to return to playing piano again and recently received a piano for a birthday.

3. Although I love many composers, one of my favourites is Schubert.  I had a really wonderful and memorable experience playing his Rondo as a soloist on a Montrose Chamber Players tour in 2004.  I absolutely love his beautiful melodies and sweet harmonies.  Also, how can one go past his String Quartet "Death and the Maiden."  I also have an obsession with Ysaye and his solo sonatas.  And then there's Brahms and his violin concerto and violin sonatas which are absoultely incredible... and of course Ravel and Debussy!!  It is so lovely to spend my days playing beautiful music!!

4. I married my dear husband in the first week of 2011.  He is a web developer, and his passion for technology has really inspired me to change the way I think about teaching music, and its posibilities.  When I met him I was really quite hopeless with technology - and through him I've learnt quite a lot to the point where now I even teach students in remote areas on Skype!  

5. My favourite violinist is Maxim Vengerov.  Seriously, his playing is absolutely sublime.  I can't rave about him enough.  I had his Ysaye solo sonata CD on repeat in my car for many years that my friends got sick of it (however, I never did).  I now have a signed copy of this CD hanging in my violin studio after meeting Maxim in 2017.

6. I really love playing classical music by the great composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and Beethoven; but I also love many other styles of music.  I did a bit of Jazz singing at uni, and took several Jazz History Subjects as I was fascinated with the harmonies and fluidity of jazz.  I had a really incredibly profound experience playing a tango concert with Atle Sponberg at the AFCM and have loved Tango music ever since.  I have also really enjoyed playing traditional music such as gypsy, Mexican Mariachi and Celtic jigs and reels.  I would love to explore music from around the world more for myself and my students.

7.  I had a beautiful baby boy at the end of 2015.  My precious son has changed my life - absolutely for the better.  I am so grateful to spend my days with him, and he really is a treasure.  You may find us cuddled up reading a picture book, but probably we will be outside (either running around in our backyard or at a local park on the slide).  I also love that he loves music (he likes to dance when he can hear music playing).  

Please see my traditional biography below :)

Violin Study

Tiana began learning the violin at age four studying the Suzuki method in Bundaberg.  She was especially inspired by attending Suzuki Music Camps.

In 1998 Tiana began studying with her mentor and violin teacher, the renowned violin pedagogue, Ms Elizabeth Morgan AM.  Under her guidance Tiana completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Violin Performance in 2005 at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.  Upon completing this degree Tiana was awarded the Patience Thoms Honours scholarship which is awarded for academic excellence to one Honours student from Griffith University studying any degree.  Following this, Tiana was offered a full scholarship to complete a Masters of Music majoring in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy, which she attained in 2009.


Violin Teaching

Tiana is a encouraging and enthusiastic violin teacher with over 15 years experience.  She is an accredited Suzuki Teacher and exclusively teaches this method as she is passionate about the music by composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and Beethoven.  Tiana also loves exploring new genres of music - especially music from other countries around the world.

Tiana has worked at various schools in Brisbane, most notably Northside Christian College where she taught for ten years and successfully grew the strings program (she is currently on maternity leave).  Tiana is passionate about music education for young people and specialises in teaching students from ages Prep to Year 12.

Tiana has successfully prepared numerous students for auditions for the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and University of Queensland Bachelor or Music program, and several of these students have gone on to become professional musicians.  

In 2010 Tiana met Geza Szilvay who is the author of the Colourstrings method, and is regarded as one of the world's finest violin teachers of young children.  He invited her to come to Finland in January 2010 - February 2011 to study at the Itä Helsingin Musiikkiopisto in Helsinki (arguably the world's finest school for strings).  This experience really inspired Tiana and had a great impact upon her teaching.  

Tiana aboslutely loves sharing her joy of music with her students and seeing them reach their potential. 

Violin Performance

Tiana Angus has been a violinist in of Camerata: Queensland's Chamber Orchestra since it was reestablished began in 2005.  Until having a baby boy she never missed performing in a concert, and she was back performing with Camerata when her baby was three months old.  As an artistic associate of this ensemble Tiana has had the privilege of performing with soloists Kate Miller-Heidke, Emma-Jane Murphy, Goldner String Quartet, Jack Liebeck, Atle Sponberg, Zuill Bailey and Melinda Schneider.  Tiana's most memorable experience performing with Camerata was playing in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.  She also enjoyed recording Camerata of St John's first CD which has been broadcast on ABC Classic FM and other prominent classical radio stations, as well as Qantas in flight entertainment.

Tiana has also been a violinist in the eff4vesence string quartet and has recently played for a season with Human Nature.