Eugenie Teychenné, composer and author of the Possums books, grew up in Gippsland, one of five siblings all of whom played musical instruments. Music played an enormous part throughout her childhood, her parents being dedicated to fostering the arts in regional Victoria.
After completing a Bachelor of Music at Melbourne University, Eugenie worked as a violinist in many professional orchestras, special highlights being performances with the Bolshoi Ballet and the World Stars Ballet on their visits to Australia. She also played in numerous Music Theatre productions such as the Melbourne seasons of Les Misérables as co-leader and The Phantom of the Opera at The Princess Theatre.
Music education has been an important aspect of Eugenie’s life since the day she saw the first touring group of Suzuki students from Japan in the late seventies. She decided to study the Suzuki method and later became a founding member of the Suzuki Association in Melbourne. She has many fond memories of the inspiring workshops given by Dr Suzuki during his visits to Australia in those early days.
Throughout the eighties, Eugenie worked as assistant to film composer, Bruce Smeaton, in Australia, London and Los Angeles. She worked on many feature films including Fred Schepisi’s Roxanne and Iceman, valuable experiences which gave her a strong grounding in the craft of music composition.
Eugenie currently teaches violin and viola in several schools in Melbourne while working on her music publishing projects.
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