The Peta's Piano Team
Peta van Drempt
Founder of Peta's Piano, Peta is a professional accompanist, singer-songwriter and producer based in Newcastle NSW, Australia. Originally classically trained, with A.Mus.A. in Piano Performance (AMEB) and 7th grade French horn under her belt, she also has a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Hearing & Speech) degree from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Music (Composition & Production) from the Australian Institute of Music.
She has played piano in a wide range of contexts and genres, including for the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the NSW DEC Arts Unit, many amateur musical theatre productions, for a large number of professional and amateur soloists (vocal and other instrumental), various bands, and of course accompanying herself as a performing singer-songwriter. She also dabbles in guitar, trombone, theramin and other assorted instruments.
Peta is passionate about helping others find joy in music and empowering them to take full ownership of their own musical journey. She created Peta's Piano to do just that.
A seasoned music producer and sound-recordist, Craig is currently assisting with the recording and production of some of our violin repertoire, bringing a world-class level of sophistication and brilliance to our piano accompaniment and violin recordings. Craig owns and operates the state-of-the-art Underwood Studio in Australia's beautiful Blue Mountains. Craig started work at The Pavilion Studios in Bondi in 2001 and worked there for 8 years gaining invaluable experience. Relocating to the mountains he built Underwood Studio in 2011. Since then the studio has grown, acquiring a genuine focus on pursuing excellence in both classical and jazz recordings, and high fidelity transparency in all sound recording, mixing and mastering.
Nathaniel is a pianist, teacher, and accompanist, and is one of the featured artists in our new series of accompaniments for violin repertoire. He has experience preparing students for grade exams, competitions, and for the HSC at Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls High schools. He has been an award winner in various eisteddfods in Sydney and at the Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition in Townsville performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. He obtained his A.Mus.A with Distinction in 2004 and a state ranking in NSW for HSC Music. He has studied under Gerard Willems at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and with Zsuzsanna Giczy at the Australian Institute of Music where he completed a Bachelor of Performance.
Nathaniel is also the pianist and répétiteur for Operantics, an independent opera company created by young artists with a passion for new opera productions of favourites and rarely performed works. He has also performed with the Clair de Lune trio playing jazz, theatre and folk, the boutique opera company Opera Bites and the Mosman Symphony Chorus and Orchestra. As well as piano, Nathaniel plays pipe organ regularly for church worship services and was head cellist of the UNSW Orchestra. He has also been working with Australian composer Peter Stannard in a recording project for his piano solo and orchestrated works.