Meet Our Artist Director 

Dr. Sherry Hsiao is the Artistic Director and founder of the Sydneysider Music Academy and leads violinists and Pianists. She has established an international reputation for her compelling teaching performances and artistic individualism. She has over 25 years of extensive teaching experience in a wide variety of orchestra, public and private school to college and adult students. She teaches examination technique classes, and masterclass and piano ensembles to chamber orchestra.


Sherry began her classical music studies at age five in her hometown of Yuan-Lin, Taiwan at the Junior High School of Music Junior Department, where she won an outstanding achievement prize in the Youth Piano Competition, and the Tainan University of Technology of Music and Orchestra in Taiwan, and Soochow University of Music and Orchestra in Taiwan, then Morehead State University of Music and Pedagogy in the USA, where she was awarded the Outstanding Music Honour Awards as the top graduate violinist in 2001, and the University of Kentucky of Music in USA, where she was awarded the BIACS Memorial Prize as the top graduate violinist of Doctoral of Musical Studies in 2003, and numerous prizes from music scholarship and competitions all around in USA & Taiwan.


As a professional musician, Sherry has appeared with philharmonic Orchestra worldwide of Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra in the USA, Lucca Symphony Orchestra in Italy, Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, Taipei Civic Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, and all the major Australian community symphony orchestra, most recently as the Guest Concertmaster - Phoenix Artis Philharmonic Orchestra.


Sherry is also the composer of the score for Strings Program and Ensemble Performance and her numerous arrangements, compositions, and transcriptions have expanded the string orchestra repertoire and been performed throughout the world. She is also the author of a series of violin books and Duo books.


In addition, Sherry is the Artist Conductor and Mentor for the several education ensembles Artist program of the Youth Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, USA, and Australia, from1996 has been appointed as Director and Leader for several educations’ ensembles performance touring and education ensemble collective.


Sherry also holds major international music education credits and certificates of Dalcroze Euthythmic, Orff Schulwerk, and Suzuki Method. Sherry believes that as a music educator and as an orchestra musician can work hand in hand. She loves to custom design lessons for both piano and violin students, such as conforming to ergonomic posture structure and the beautiful sound of musicality skills for student needs. 


With her varied worldwide music insight and the beauty of musical art appreciation, Sherry hopes to inspire more young generations to believe in their music dreams and to change the world with harmony by their best efforts in music talents.  


Sydneysider Music Academy is a place to gain valuable practical skills, which transforms students into professionals, and emerged out of a desire to fill a vocational and training gap for young musicians who are at the cusp of their professional careers.  Together we make the world different!

Our students are from Sydney’s most prominent schools