Violinist Brian Finlayson visits St Stephen’s School


Professor Brian Finlayson with music students. Picture: Martin Kennealey d451487
Professor Brian Finlayson with music students. Picture: Martin Kennealey d451487

DUNCRAIG students were treated to an international learning experience recently when Austrian violinist Brian Finlayson visited St Stephen’s School to share his music knowledge.

Professor Finlayson, who is the head of strings at the State Conservatorium of Carinthia in Austria and former leader of the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted a one-off specialist violin masterclass with the students and was amazed by the talent.

“It was great to see the excitement and enthusiasm in the students’ eyes,” he said.

“They picked up the techniques so easily.

“That’s the most exciting thing about teaching young children; if you get them excited there is just no limit.

“There is a great mix of talent in Australia and at St Stephen’s School many of the students have what it takes to go far in the musical world.”

St Stephen’s School head of primary Tracey Gray said it was a privilege to host the acclaimed violinist.

“To have Prof Finlayson working alongside the children and inspiring them about music and to take advantage of the opportunities to study violin from a young age is an experience these students will never forget.”

Prof Finlayson was visiting Perth as a guest of the Australian Strings Association.