Amanda graduated from Sydney Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music followed by a Masters of Music, concluding with Distinction in Performance. She has had the privilege to study with Sydney's leading piano teachers: Elizabeth Powell, Lyall Dyke and Margaret Hair. She was also a Scholarship student of Professor Lev Vlasenko (Chair of Piano, Moscow) and had the privilege to study with him during his annual visits to Australia.
During her studies, she pursued her particular interest in the piano music of Ginastera and Stravinsky. After graduating, Amanda was invited to tutor at the Conservatorium in the 'young and talented' program at the Open Academy. She was one of the inaugural teachers in the program and taught there for over a decade. During her tenure, she also tutored Chamber Music and has served on audition panels. In addition to this, Amanda was again invited to teach at the Australian Institute of Music in their 'Rising Stars' program and lectured in Performance Studies in the High School.
Amanda has a long- held interest in working in choral circles. She was rehearsal pianist for the Sydney University Graduate Choir for 12 years which saw her give many performances including Britten's Mass for St Nicolas, Orff's Carmina Burana, Carmina Cartuli and Veni Creator Spiritus, Martinu's Field Mass, and as soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and Rossini's Petite Messe Sollenelle. She has also held the position of rehearsal pianist and Chamber Organist in Sydney Grammar School's 'Bach Choir' which performed all the extant Bach Cantatas.
Amanda is passionate about the education and formation of young pianists, and devotes her working career to this. She aims to inspire each of her students in the areas of aural and intellectual creativity, technique, discipline and performance to allow her students to investigate their fullest potential. To this end, she currently holds the position of Assistant Music Master at Sydney Grammar School, examines for the AMEB as a piano examiner and runs a vibrant private practice in Sydney's North.