Josephine is a sought-after teacher of cello and chamber music in Melbourne with over 20 years experience and a healthy cohort of students at secondary and tertiary level

Josephine is on staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne and at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

Josephine is a regular tutor and mentor for Mt.Buller Chamber Music, Clunes Music, 3MBS The Talent, Australian Youth Orchestra, Online Virtuoso, Pettman National Junior Academy (NZ) and for iartschool (China).   

Her teaching centres firmly on the student as an individual and instinctive musician; they are encouraged to develop stylistic interpretations, establish a musical technique, as well as focus on performance practice, keyboard / harmony / aural skills, smart practice methods, managing stage-fright and goal-directed learning. She encourages a playfulness in practice, also seeking inspiration for young cellists through singing, improvisation and imagery.

I am always amazed by what I can achieve when you push me to be my best
– Alice

Josephine's students participate in regular class concerts where all students are encouraged to perform current repertoire for friends and family. These friendly concerts highlight ensemble skills, gesture and a strong work ethic.

Josephine has also helped many students to further their careers at higher music schools such as the Australian National Academy of Music, and overseas at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) , Royal Academy of Music (London), Curtis Institute of Music (US), Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel (Switzerland), Seoul Music Academy (South Korea) and the Hannover Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Germany).


  • Master of Music by Research (Historical Performance), University of Melbourne
  • Künstlerische Ausbildung degree, Hannover Hochschule für Musik u. Theater (Germany)
  • Diploma of Chamber Music, Musikakademie der Stadt Basel (Switzerland)
  • Bachelor of Music (Honours), University of Melbourne
  • Licentiate and Associate of Music AMEB (cello and piano)

Thank you for always telling me how to improve and being brutally honest when you need to
– AJ

Student Achievements

Recent student achievements include :

  • Top scores for VCE Music Performance (50) and Music Investigations (50) and Ensemble (50)
  • Invitations to perform for the Top Class/Top Acts showcase performance at Melbourne Recital Centre
  • AMEB (Vic) Award and Distinction results for Associate and Licentiate examinations.
  • Students awarded scholarships and prizes from Melbourne's Universities including the Margaret Schofield Prize, Gwen Nisbet Prize.
  • Prizewinners and finalists in competitions of the Musical Society of Victoria, Townsville Youth Concerto Competition, Preston Youth Concerto Competition, National Youth Concerto Competition, Melbourne Recital Centre Bach Competition, Ringwood / Manningham / Boroondara  Eisteddfods.

We’ve all grown so much as individual musicians and as chamber musicians and we’ve all come to love chamber music even more
Esplanade Trio