8 Oct 2018

Simone Slattery


Music has the power to move people and stimulate the brain in extraordinary ways. However, it is an under-utilised pedagogical tool, and certain performance traditions, such as the art of historical improvisation, have been too long overlooked in modern performance practices.

Simone Slattery, an Adelaide local, has received The Dame Roma Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to develop new specialised skills in historical violin performance and incorporate these into her performance and teaching practices in Australia.

Simone will travel to Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Holland and England to work with some of the world’s finest classical musicians and baroque specialists, including an intensive mentorship in Italy with violinist Davide Monti to learn more about his multidisciplinary approach to performance and education.

Simone, a violinist with many of Australia’s leading ensembles, has always held a great passion for music, having studied the art from a young age. 

“The Fellowship will enable me to work closely alongside leaders in the area of Historical Performance, whose knowledge and experience will provide me with new musical insights,” said Simone. 

“Improvisation was an expected element of performance in the Baroque Period - a time when there was little divide between composer and performer. In more recent times, this skill has become lost and overshadowed by the necessity to play ‘correctly’ and to emulate and reproduce the recorded sound. 

“My aim is to study the art of historical improvisation and to introduce this specialised skill into both my performing and teaching practices.

“When I return to Australia, I intend to introduce the new skills I develop overseas to inspire a new approach to music making for the next generation of historically informed performers in our country. I hope this will breathe fresh life into old repertoire and inspire a new approach to music performance and education.”

“This is a terrific opportunity for Simone to learn from some of the world’s greatest classical musicians and return to Australia with valuable insights to guide a new approach for the next generation of performers,” said Adam Davey, CEO of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. 

“The Churchill Fellowship is a celebration of expertise, innovation, expanding knowledge and creating new and better ways of addressing issues that matter in Australia, including music performance.” 

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