Tutors 2018

Petri Arvo (Finland/Netherlands) is specialised in historic wind instruments, recorders and bassoons in particular. He works in a wide range of styles from medieval to contemporary music, from solo settings all the way to the orchestral pit as a freelancing bassoonist.

Petri has graduated from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and from the Amsterdam and Brussels Conservatoires under the guidance of Rabbe Forsman, Paul Leenhouts and Alain de Rijckere. He is a member of the artistic direction of The Royal Wind Music and performs with the Finnish groups Ensemble Nylandia and Un'altra ondata.


Kamala Bain (NZ) is a recorder performance graduate of the both the University of Auckland, where she studied with David Coomber, and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where she studied with Walter van Hauwe and Paul Leenhouts. Whilst living in Europe, Kamala performed and toured widely with several ensembles, including the Royal Wind Music for which she was assistant director.

She maintains contacts with ensembles in Australia and Europe and toured with the Royal Wind Music in 2010, performed with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney 2011, and recorded in Ireland with Laoise O’Brien in 2012. Kamala is touring with her NZ ensemble Barocca in 2013, and is an artist teacher at the New Zealand School of Music.

Alexandra Bailliet-Joly (VIC/NSW) is a Sydney and Melbourne based recorder player, music educator and conductor.  

She first started studying music at the age of fourteen with Zana Clarke (AUS) and then went on to complete her Bachelor of Music in recorder performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. During that time, Alexandra specialised in ensemble and soloist historical performance practice with Ruth Wilkinson (AUS).

In 2016 Alexandra completed her Masters of Music Performance-Teaching (majoring in conducting).

Alexandra is currently a member of Trillo, an early music trio made up of multi-instrumentalist musicians who play repertoire from the medieval to the classical period. She also is part of Dolce Ombre a recorder quartet with Ruth Wilkinson, Ryan Williams (AUS) and Hannah Coleman (AUS), which specialize in music of the 16th century.  Alexandra has tutored and performed for the Sydney Recorder Society and the Victorian Recorder Guild, and has been a regular face at Orpheus Music over the last few years


Alana Blackburn (NSW)holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons I) and Master of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a Bachelor from the Conservatorium of Amsterdam. She has performed with a number of ensembles including The Royal Wind Music, The New Dutch Academy, Salut! Baroque, The Bell Shakespeare Company, Pinchgut Opera, The Sydney Consort, ThoroughBass and The Sydneian Bach Choir.  She has also performed live on Radio broadcasts throughout Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria and The Netherlands as well as collaborating with many musicians appearing on six commercial CD recordings.


Since returning to Australia in 2010, she has worked with a number of composers and performers premiering works at the New Music Network Mini Series and the Sydney Vivid festival. Developing a career as a researcher-performer, Alana recently undertook a PhD at the University of New England investigating the professional identity of the chamber musician and chamber music processes within ensembles, submitting her thesis in June 2017. 

María Martínez Ayerza (Spain/Netherlands) studied recorder and musicology in Spain and the Netherlands. A fervent ensemble player, she appears at prestigious venues throughout Europe and America with The Royal Wind Music and with recorder quintet Seldom Sene.

María is Recorder Consort Professor at the Royal College of Music in London and coach at The Royal Wind Music Academy in Amsterdam. She has also taught courses and masterclasses in the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, England and Australia. María is the chief editor of the  magazineBlokfluitist. In 2012 she co-initiated the four-day festival and competition Open Recorder Days Amsterdam which will be held for the third time in October 2017.

Daniel Murphy (NSW) is a Sydney based musician and music teacher, after completing a BMUS at Sydney Con he pursued a career in music education. Daniel is currently studying a Masters of Education at UNE, and is currently a member of the newly formed recorder quartet 'Stigma' who had their debut performance at Sydney Conservatorium in 2014, and performed for International group Tafelmusik in 2015.Daniel is involved with NSW Public Schools (NSWPS) Recorder teaching, having toured China with NSWPS Recorder Consort, conducted 700 NSWPS students at the Opera House for the Instrumental Music Festival,  and conducts the NSWPS Recorder Camp.


Ruth Wilkinson (VIC)has continued to be very active recorder and violone player.  Ruth has an extensive discography which documents her diverse musical life from medieval and Renaissance music with La Romanesca, to the baroque with the trio Capella Corelli and plucked specialists Ludovico’s Band.   Ruth has released two solo CD’s; Music for the Countess of Sandwich and Handel’s Recorder.

Among her many activities of 2015 Ruth will give concerts in Italy and Malta with her colleagues Ros Bandt and Cynthia O’Brien.  Working together as Trio Avium the group recently released a new recording with the theme of Birdsong.

Ruth studied early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland with Hans-Martin Linde and Jordi Savall.  Ruth teaches Recorder and Historical Performance Practice at the Early Music Studio of the University of Melbourne. In 2012 she was made an honorary associate of the Monash University School of Music.  She has produced a generation of talented professional recorder players.