Christine, the director of Epics Music, is a composer and music teacher who completed her Bachelor of Music (Composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2008. Christine has been tutoring since age 16, and has worked with world class Australian composers and is highly qualified for piano lessons and other musical needs. Christine holds her Working with Children Check, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Licensed Kindermusik Educator and an Associate member of Australian Music Therapy Association.
Residing in beautiful Kiama, New South Wales, Christine has been teaching for over 15 years. Continually finding new ways to involve younger musicians is one of Christine’s goals along with composing new music!
Christine Buurman (b. 1986) was born and educated in the Illawarra, graduating from Kiama High School in 2003 and remaining on the beautiful south coast Christine studied composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Graduated with her Bachelor of Music (Composition) in 2009. This young aspiring composer had the privilege of studying with Michael Smetanin, Trevor Pierce, Mary Finsterer, Damien Ricketson and others.
Having the desire to learn piano from age 7 Christine, a self taught pianist began composing for her instrument. Having had little education in the forms of music theory and composition Christine began by composing piano pieces for high school assessments and has now expanded her compositional theories and practices from the experience and advice accumulated from her time spent at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Christine’s first commission and performance of her own work was at her sister’s wedding in 2004, since then Christine has also performed at local venues and functions and is currently recording a collection of her solo piano pieces.
Having composed for a variety of different ensembles performed at the Conservatorium, Christine has had her works performed in the reopening of Jamberoo School of Arts, 60secs and ANEMOI. Having taught piano for over 15 years Christine is currently keeping busy doing what she loves, teaching a diverse group of students piano, volunteering as a piano teacher at Mission Australia;s Triple Care Farm and playing at Church.
Christine describes her works as A mix of recognisable tonal centres with unexpected and interesting harmonic and rhythmic changes, which appeal to both the audience and ensemble, as well as the composer. In the future Christine would like to collaborate with performers to build on her ability to compose for certain skills, capabilities and preferred styles.
Composition by many is seen as a form of expression and to me a form of raw emotion. Writing the dots on the page is one step of the compositional process but having the ability to incorporate a performer’s personality into a piece (similarly like writers, actors, and directors) is what enhances the compositional meaning.