Larissa Kovalchuk is one of the most unique, accomplished and talented artists ever to grace the international music industry today. Mesmerising, earthy, soulfully expressive and unsurpassed in her use of Bandura, operatic singing and both solo and ensemble performances, they reflect her Ukrainian heritage. As ‘Master of Performance’ and ‘Master of Teaching’, her folk and classical repertoire has always been highly prized on the concert musical stage, but interCulture hopes to make the soloist more accessible to the mainstream Australian landscape.
She is also an exceedingly influential teacher and choir conductor. Currently as Young/Open AIM (Australian Institute of Music) teacher specialising in voice and musicianship, Larissa teaches a diverse range of secondary students such as classical singers, pop vocalists and music theatre performers. Her students achieve high grades in AMEB, HSC exams and have been highly regarded in annual Eisteddfod competitions. Her teaching approach integrates both vocal techniques and performing skills to achieve individual goals.
During her tenure at other schools, she also taught world music, music theory, harmony, keyboard tuition and solfeggio as well as preparing children to perform. Through her efforts the students have gained a broader understanding and appreciation of music in general, covering the classical, jazz and modern idioms. Larissa’s approach was based on Zoltan Kodaly and the Emile Jajues-Dalcroze methods combining both oral skills and body movement in teaching music.