Therese Milanovic

  • Master LevelPiano

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Therese is a passionate performer, educator, and advocate for musicians’ health. After nearly ten years of debilitating playing-related injuries, studying the Taubman Approach with Edna Golandsky and also John Bloomfield has offered her the possibility of pursuing her pathway in music to the fullest. Deeply studying and disseminating this body of knowledge has become her life’s work, not only for herself, but in bringing the Taubman Approach to Australia and developing the next generation of expert Taubman teachers. This will be the focus of her presentation at the forthcoming Golandsky Institute Virtual Summer Symposium.

Therese was the first Australian to become a Taubman Instructor in 2009, the focus of her PhD, and later became a Master level teacher and Associate Faculty with the Golandsky Institute (USA). She is the most experienced Taubman teacher in Australia, and makes this invaluable knowledge available to those at a distance through online lessons and her innovative Coach on Demand service, enabling access for both international and interstate students from Kazakhstan to Dubbo, alongside workshops, teacher training sessions, and lecture presentations.

As part of her advocacy for disseminating the Taubman work, Therese has been a Keynote Speaker for numerous national conferences, including Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, ANZCA, Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH), and has also presented for Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, and several chapters of the Queensland Music Teachers’ Association (QMTA).  Aside from presenting herself, Therese has facilitated numerous online workshops involving Golandsky Institute co-founders,  overseen John Bloomfield’s four visits to Australia including coordinating a national weekend workshop and facilitating teaching schedules in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and has also arranged Sophie Till to visit Australia twice to present on the Taubman / Golandsky Approach for Strings, in combination with performing chamber recitals together. She is committed to her ongoing learning and artistic development through continued study with Edna Golandsky and John Bloomfield.

As a performer, Therese loves collaborating with other like-minded musicians. She has performed with Topology since 2009, including shows in the Netherlands, NYC, Belgium, Singapore and Indonesia, frequent national tours and festivals ( Chamber music is also close to her heart. In addition to performing the well-known treasures of the repertoire, Therese strives to bring lesser known music to a wider audience, in particular new music and music by women composers with the Muses Trio, with whom she has commissioned numerous new works, and recorded for ABC Classic. (see Otherwise, Therese spends her time playing turtles and garbage trucks with her small son, trying (unsuccessfully) to hide vegetables in his meals.