Clarinet lessons cost from $41/half hour and $80/hour for weekly lessons, paid in advance. Lessons are available on Monday – Thursday, plus Saturday. All levels and ages of student are welcome, including those preparing for HSC and university auditions. Exams are available to clarinet students through the JWA Jazz Assessment Syllabus. ABRSM Exams are also available to those who really want them, though we usually recommend an individualised course of study instead.
Richard Savery, B.Mus.
Richard Savery is recognised as one of Australia’s finest young bass clarinetists and baritone saxophonists and is an accomplished clarinetist. He plays and teaches all the saxophones and clarinet, specialising in bari sax and bass clarinet. He is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney. Richard has an exceptional track record of success as a teacher.
Richard is director of Baulkham Hills High School Stage band, Chatswood Public School Jazz Ensemble, and several combos here at Jazz Workshop Australia.
He is also a composer/arranger; performing and composing in a diverse range of styles and contexts. He has studied with Gary Smulyan, Dr Gene Aitken, Bill Motzing, David Baker, Bob Mintzer and Dale Barlow. He studied classical clarinet in New York with Michael Lowernstern and in Sydney with Jason Noble.
Richard has toured the UK, USA and the Caribbean Islands, has performed in a variety of settings around Sydney and has recorded his own CD with John Morrison. Some of the musicians Richard has worked with include Alan Cumming, Lance Horne (Emmy Award winner 2008), Phil Stack (bass), Tim Davies, Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), Bob Downe, Meow Meow, James Waples, and many others.
American master bari sax player Gary Smulyan described Richard as playing with a “a strong concept and a developed sense of lyricism; Nice sound!”
Matthew Ottignon, B.Mus Hons (Jazz)
Matthew Ottignon was born in London, grew up in New Zealand, and graduated at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first class Honours. He has been performing since the age of 13. In addition to clarinet, he also plays the tenor alto and soprano saxes as well as flute. He has been part of the Sydney jazz scene for many years now, adding his individual clarinet and tenor sounds to many bands. Some of the musicians Matthew has performed with are Lou Reed, Mike Nock, Jackie Orszackzy, James Morrison, John Pochee and Phil Slater. Matthew can be seen performing in trio Informal Troupe, Java Quartet, Exotica, the Space Cadets, the Splinter Orchestra, the Hipstones, Monseiur Camembert, and Mucho Mambo.