Charlie Westhoff is an Australian violinist currently residing in London. Charlie has performed at all major concert venues in Australia such as the Sydney Opera House, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and Melbourne Recital Hall, whilst having performed across America, Italy, France, Germany, and Israel.
As violinist and musician, Charlie has won a number of accolades and awards. Charlie was named Pittwater Young Citizen of the Year for his contribution to the Arts in 2009, gained his Licentiate Diploma in Violin with Distinction in 2011, and was invited to study at the Julliard school. Prizes include the Wenkart Foundation Junior Violin Award, Alf and Pearl Pollard Award for performance excellence and The Marcus Edwards Prize for Violin, whilst Charlie also became prize-winner in the Fine Music 2MBS Young Performers Awards, Australian National Kendall Violin Competition, and Animato International Violin Competition.
Charlie began his studies through the Suzuki method at the age of 3, then studied under the tutelage of Janet Davies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the Rising Stars program and Dr Robin Wilson at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. He now studies as a full scholarship student under the tutelage of renowned pedagogue Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music London, supported by the Ladies of the Soiree D’Or Foundation. Charlie is also grateful to be supported by ARS Musica, and to be a Talent Unlimited artist.
Charlie is a graduate of the Keshet Eilon mastercourse, whilst having received lessons and mentorship from artists such as Mischa Maisky, Maxim Vengerov, Nicolas Alstaedt, Richard Tognetti, Vadim Gluzman, Vesa Matti Lepanen, as well as members of the London based Doric String Quartet and Australia’s Goldner String Quartet.
As a keen chamber musician, Charlie has performed in festivals and concerts across Australia and Europe, whilst having toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2015. Over the past 2 years Charlie has been a featured soloist with the Melbourne Philharmonia Project, and in 2019 performed Sibelius concerto conducted by maestro Maxim Vengerov.
Charlie performs on a 1794 Giovanni Battista Ceruti violin kindly on loan from Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.
Help Musicians have been an enormous help in allowing me to continue my studies in London. In a particularly difficult time, money is hard to come by, but my passion for my studies has remained unwavering. I am very much looking forward to my next year of study.