Colourstrings in Progress in Australia.,

Yuri Djachenko (AUSTA)

Colourstrings in Progress in Australia.

Workshop – Sunday 26th September – 10:00-11:00 (CEST)

Yuri Djachenko


Yuri Djachenko is an Australian/Estonian violinist/violist. A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with a Masters from the University of Queensland, he has performed as a member of the Queensland, Tasmanian, Canberra and Darwin Symphony Orchestras.
As a practitioner, researcher and authority on Géza Szilvay’s Colourstrings pedagogy and methodology, Yuri is well known as a violin/viola teacher of young beginners, many of whom have developed into fine artists on their instruments. He has held teaching positions at Griffith University (Queensland), was Head of Strings at the Berkshire Young Musicians’ Trust, and Violinist in Residence at the Kuhmo Music Institute in Finland, before returning to establish a busy private practice in Brisbane in 2005.
Yuri has a long-standing interest in buying, selling and collecting instruments and bows, and his 1990s Masters Thesis researching English Bowmakers is regarded as one of the most important works on the subject.

Colourstrings in Progress in Australia.

Colourstrings has been taught in Australia since 1980, when violinist Judy Fromyhr started teaching it after a six-month sabbatical studying at the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary, and at the East Helsinki Music Institute, Finland. Judy’s first colleague to be inspired was her cellist sister Helen Holt. Over the decades, more colleagues have been added to the list of those inspired with the methodology, and alongside established practitioners, there is a growing cohort of new teachers who were Colourstrings beginners themselves.
Thanks to strict national and state border controls, COVID has not spread within Australia. There is currently no community transmission, with all cases being returning travellers in hotel quarantine. Assuming state borders remain open, permitting interstate travel, it is hoped this presentation may involve students from multiple colleagues and their teachers in collaboration, gathered together in one location (24 – 26 September is school holidays here).