Verdy Guo

Piano and Cello

AMusA Cello, 2016

LMusA (Distinction) Piano, 2012

AMusA (Distinction) Piano, 2010


BMus Performance (Cello), Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 2020

BMus Performance (Piano), Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 2014 - 2015

M. Mus Performance with full scholarship at Royal Academy of Music, Sep 2021 - 

Artist's Background

Verdy began his musical training at the age of 3 on the piano with his mum, Lily, and later cello at the age of 6. 

Going into high school, he received music scholarships to prestigious schools such as Sydney Grammar and Trinity Grammar School. He performed regularly in concerts and drama productions at school and in public as a soloist, chamber musician. He has performed in many charity concerts as well, most notably as a soloist with Australian classical concert pianist, Roger Woodward. During his time in high school, he also won numerous first place prizes in piano, cello and chamber music at Trinity and in Eisteddfods all around Sydney including Sydney Eisteddfod, St George Eisteddfod and Sutherland Shire Eisteddfod.

After winning the Concerto Competition at Trinity, he was elected to perform Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto 1st Mvt with Trinity Grammar’s Symphony Orchestra at Angel Place City Recital Hall and in his HSC Music Extension examination. He achieved full marks under his piano teacher Tamara Cislowska. He was also chosen to perform as soloist at Encore 2014 at the Sydney Opera House. He completed his high school career as a Prefect, Music Captain and a Trinity Scholar.

He went on to receive The John and Dorothy Vimpani Pianoforte Scholarship valued at $24,000 to study a Bachelor of Performance (Piano) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Verdy performing 'Rigoletto Paraphrase' by Franz Liszt in the Sydney Opera House at Encore 2014.

During his university studies, he received 2 other scholarships as a cellist: Estivo European Chamber Music Summer School, at Conservatorio di Verona in Italy and the Henderson's Travelers Scholarship worth $6000. He worked rigorously with professors and teachers from “Hanns Eisler” Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin and FRANZ LISZT University of Music in Weimer. 

Verdy has learnt from a variety of teachers over the years:

Piano: Dr. Paul Rickard-Ford, Tamara Cislovska, Elizabeth Green, Prof. Ewa Kupiec (Germany)

Cello: Julian Smiles (current), Georg Pedersen, Hannah Roberts (UK), Prof. Melissa Phelps (UK), Amanda Truelove (UK), Kate Morgan

Chamber Music: Gunter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet), Prof. Oliver Wille (Germany), Prof. Niklas Schmidt (Germany), Prof. Eberhard Feltz (Germany), Prof. Wayne Foster Smith (Germany), Christian Wilm Muller (Germany)

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Verdy conducting the Monteverdi Cello Ensemble at our school's 2019 annual concert.

As a Teacher...

Verdy is extremely passionate in sharing his musical knowledge with his students. He is a very dedicated and patient person who understands that every student learns at different paces and in various ways. Because of this, he has a meticulous yet versatile teaching style to suit all the needs of the student.