Adrian Keating

Violin, Viola

Adrian was a Principal Violinist with Opera Australia for 25 years; he has also been a Guest Concertmaster, Acting Deputy Concertmaster, and Acting Principal of 2nd Violins.

Adrian is the owner/director of the Sydney Lyric Orchestra.

Adrian has released 3 Blues CD's, performed "Jazz in the Domain", and has led string sessions in over 10 Top-10 Australian Singles and Albums, and currently has a Live DVD/CD, “Classically Blue” which he has produced and edited.

As a Blues Rock and Soul violinist, Adrian has accompanied singers in contemporary music from Australian artists Jeff Duff, to Geoff Achison, to international artists Martha Wainwright and UnKle, and is a guest artist accompanying on “the Voice” Australia 2012 and 2013.
For the Sydney Festival, Adrian as Concertmaster led performances for Sir George Martin, Bernadette Peters, Al Jarreau;  led orchestras for Australian tours of David Helfgott; Sir Cliff Richard, Rod Stewart.

As Director of the Sydney Lyric Orchestra, Adrian’s clients have included the Paris Opera Ballet, Jose Carreras, Tina Arena, Opera in the Vineyards, CCEntertainment, Banksia Awards, Ken Unsworth, Richard Bonynge and Tim Woods Entertainment.

In 2005 Adrian completed the International Masterclass for Conductors, St Petersburg, under Alexander Polyanichko.

Adrian has presented improvisation Seminars to the Rising Stars program at the Sydney Conservatorium and has a 3 hr Lecture in “making Music Immediate” for strings first demonstrated at the Wollongong Conservatorium

Adrian regularly donates his time as a tutor to the SYO and SBS Youth Orchestras; has taught from home for most of his working career, specialising in assisting with audition preparation for professional orchestra positions.

Adrian has written many hours of arrangements for contemporary artists, bands, singers and visiting overseas artists that required this service – ranging in style from Aled Jones to UnKle, blues artist Geoff Achison; re-arranging Wendy Matthews’ repertoire for her tour with Strings; Beatles and Led Zeppelin music to suit the musical expression of their related homage shows, and music for school ensembles taken from contemporary music repertoire, and compositions in classical style - not to mention the recorded arrangements for bands needing strings or brass to broaden and complete the artist’s vision.

Adrian’s breadth of experience in soundscapes and voicing as a professional orchestral player with the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra is evident in the standard of his work, paying attention to the needs of the artist, and the relevance of the ensemble and style.

Peter Avery

Peter joined Mitchell Conservatorium, Lithgow as a violin teacher in 2008.

He started playing violin at age 6 and began his early violin studies at Lismore, Bangalow and Byron Bay convents. Peter later studied with W. J. Gallaher, Gallaher School of Music and with Georgina McLean, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He played in the Sydney-based National Youth Orchestra in the late 60s, Ars Nova Orchestra in the 80s and since 1999 with Lithgow Community Orchestra. Peter played violin and double bass with Shiloh a folk gospel trio and violin with the Bunyip Boys Bush Band. He was a string tutor at Cooerwull Public School in the 70s and 80s, and again since 2008.

His love for a wide range of musical styles is evident when he performs with his wife Gaye in a violin & double bass/guitar vocal duo. Peter combines aspects of the Suzuki method with the AMEB syllabus in teaching violin.

Peter Avery, strings teacher, Lithgow


We pay our respect to all First Nations elders both past and present from the lands where Mitchell Conservatorium students reside. In particular, we acknowledge the Wiradjuri and Dharug peoples of Australia, who are the traditional custodians of the land where Mitchell Conservatorium campuses are located.

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