Teresa Lavers has been Head of Keyboard Studies at Scotch College (Victoria) since 2003. The piano department at Scotch is now well established as one of the strongest secondary institutions in Australia, with students from the college winning major competitions such as the ABC Young Performer’s Award (2008) and the Hepzibah Menuhin Competition (2009). Teresa has also created a thriving chamber music programme and in 2007 founded the Scotch College Piano Festival – an annual festival which provides performance opportunities to students and staff at the college as well as to guest artists.
Teresa was born in Adelaide, South Australia. She studied Music and English at the University of Adelaide, earning a Bachelors degree with Honours, a Diploma in Education, and a Masters in Music, under the guidance of Clemens Leske. She moved to Melbourne in order to study with the renowned pianist and pedagogue Ronald Farren-Price, and completed a Masters in Music (Performance) at the University of Melbourne. She also spent a sojourn in Vancouver (Canada) studying for three months with the Russian pianist Eugene Skovorodnikov.
Teresa has a keen interest in chamber music. She has given recitals as a member of a piano trio, and has also worked in a number of duo partnerships, most recently with the flautist Kathryn Moorhead, with tenor Peter Mander and with soprano Catherine Northey. Teresa has won numerous awards in solo and chamber music competitions both in Australia and in the United Kingdom, and has been broadcast on ABC radio. She has also adjudicated at Eisteddfods and national piano competitions.