Jordie Skarajew is a young musician and composer who began learning the piano and violin from the age of 6. He has been involved in a plethora of ensembles and groups ever since, studying under the likes of Dr Anne Lierse, Dr Steven Bowler & George Vi. Jordie’s understanding and innate appreciation for music and teaching has developed him into the musician he is today.
Jordie began his ensemble career with the Victorian State Schools Spectacular as a violinist at the age of 11 and he maintained his position in the symphony orchestra before eventually becoming concert master at 17. In this role, he mentored and led a 70-piece orchestra of young students.
His role as concert master has expanded to various other groups, including the Blackburn High School Symphony Orchestra at age 13, the ‘Take a Stand’ schools charity event in 2017 and various other string ensembles in Melbourne Youth Orchestra's and State Music Camps.
Jordie began learning conducting at the age of 16 under the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra’s Christopher Kopke and has had many successful experiences conducting an orchestra and a 330-piece boys’ choir at the Melbourne Town Hall, earning various awards from internationally acclaimed conductors.
He has also worked in quartets for various Victorian government functions, including Red Cross ceremonies at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Other highlights have included performing for Lindsay Fox’s 80th birthday.
As a solo instrumentalist, Jordie has performed for competitions, eisteddfods and charity events around Australia, often performing his own compositions. Most rewarding for Jordie has been the chance to mentor his students towards achieving their personal best and exceptional results.