Judy Dempster


Judy Dempster

MMus (Perf/Teaching), GradDipEd, Concert DipMus (Melb), MIMT

Cellist Judy Dempster counts her illustrious teachers and mentors John Kennedy, Charles Castleman, Heidi Castleman, Gabor Rejto, Lynn Harrell, Heidi Litschauer, David Geringas and Alexander Baillie as her inspirations. Winning the Florence Bradford Scholarship as an undergraduate and the Nickson Travelling Scholarship from Melbourne University, as well as a full fellowship to study at L'institute de Haute Etude Musicale, Montreux, enabled her to study as far afield as Switzerland, USC (California), SUNY Purchase New York, The Mozarteum in Austria and Italy and at the International Music Festival in Lanciano Italy.

As a young cellist Judy performed frequently for the ABC in the Young Australia programs, appeared on the ABC Showband television series, This Week Has Seven Days with John Kennedy, toured Australia with Henri Mancini's orchestra and Tommy Rock Opera as well as winning solo cello and chamber music competitions before her overseas studies.

On returning to Melbourne Judy taught at the Melbourne University Faculty of Music and the DDIAE Toowoomba, Queensland. She toured Victoria with Nehama Patkin and Marla Swift at the invitation of the Victorian Council for the Arts. Judy has had numerous educational reviews and articles published in the Australian String Teachers' Association journal, Stringendo and also in the European Strings magazine, Arco. Additionally, she has contributed articles to the VMTA journal Music and the Teacher. She is the Australian and New Zealand tour manager for American violinist Charles Castleman (Eastman School of Music, NY, USA), and has so far organised ten national tours for him.

As well as teaching in her private studio, Judy currently teaches the cello at Wesley College (Melbourne and Elsternwick campuses) and Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School in Melbourne. Judy is also an AMEB examiner and in 2015 participated in the international teacher residency program at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul.


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