Ms Anthea Scott-Mitchell

Ms Anthea Scott-Mitchell

Conjoint Senior Lecturer

School of Creative Industries (Music)

Career Summary


After obtaining the A.S.C.M. with Merit from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying cello with John Painter, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cello Performance with High Distinction at Indiana University, Bloomington, INDIANA, USA, studying cello with Fritz Magg and Janos Starker. Anthea was also invited to join the highly prestigious Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda, for academic excellence at Indiana University. Returning to Australia she joined the Australian Chamber Orchestra, with which she played as principal cellist and soloist,touring extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.

In 1984 she joined the Camerata Lysy Gstaad, while furthering her studies with Radu Aldulescu and Pierre Fournier at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland. Anthea's time at IMMA included studying, performing and recording with Violinist Yehudi Menuhin. From 1986 to 1994 she was a permanent member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, Italy. While in the Santa Cecilia Orchestra Anthea played under conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Yuri Temirkanov, Valery Gergiev, Carlo Maria Giulini, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Charles Mackerras.  She also worked with composers such as Olivier Messiaen and Luciano Berio. Anthea was also principal cellist with the Camerata Strumentale di Santa Cecilia, touring and appearing as soloist on several recordings.

She is presently Senior Lecturer in Cello at The University of Newcastle Conservatorium, where she has been teaching cello, chamber music, chamber orchestra and cello ensemble since 1995. From 1995 to 2003, Anthea also had a continuing presence as a senior teacher of cello and chamber music in the Young Artists Programme at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. As well as advanced Cello, String and Performance classes,  Anthea has more recently been teaching, lecturing and tutoring across a diverse range of courses in the Bachelor of Music program, with a particular interest in Improvisation.

Research Expertise
Since her return to Australia, Anthea has been engaged regularly as a chamber musician with groups such as the Sydney Alpha Ensemble, as guest cellist with the Australia Ensemble, and as Guest Principal Cellist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Anthea also performs regularly her own compositions for solo cello, and has appeared several times with pianist Natalia Ricci on ABC Classic FM Sunday Live Broadcast series from the University of Newcastle, Conservatorium Concert Hall.

Teaching Expertise
A Holistic Approach to Cello Playing and Technique; Circles, Spheres, Spirals and Cello Physics; Inner Listening, Outer Listening and Cello Presence; The Dynamic Correlation between Martial Arts moves and Effective Cello Technique, Improvisation

Administrative Expertise
Strand Coordinator Strings; BMUS Course Coordinator,Principal Study, Music; Coordinator Improvisation


  • Bachelor of Science in Music (Cello Performance), Indiana University - USA
  • Associate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW Conservatorium


  • Circles, Spirals and Cello Physics
  • Improvisation
  • Martial Arts and Cello Technique
  • Music, Meaning and Mythology
  • Music, Sound and Spirituality
  • Music,Communication and Listening


  • English (Mother)
  • Italian (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Creative Work (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Walker SKA, Scott-Mitchell, Cook I, Ricci G, Allan C, A recital of the music and reading of letters of Ludwig van Beethoven, celebrating the installation of Beethoven¿s Death Mask, generously donated to the Conservatorium by Sir William Bowmore MBE AO, Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle, NSW (2011)
Co-authors Anthea Scott-Mitchell, Christopher Allan, Sally Walker
2011 Scott-Mitchell AM, Twilight Mood (2011)
Co-authors Anthea Scott-Mitchell
2008 Walker SKA, Walsh L, Anthea S-M, Scott-Mitchell A, Smith M, "Mozart Chamber Works" a concert by Newcastle Conservatorium staff members featuring some of Mozart's chamber masterpieces: Oboe Quartet K370, Flute Quartet K285 and Clarinet Quintet K581., Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music (2008)
Co-authors Anthea Scott-Mitchell, Sally Walker
2000 Scott-Mitchell AM, Music by Nin, Schumann, Debussy, de Falla, Lake Macquarie Council, Lake Macquarie Gallery (2000) [J2]
Co-authors Anthea Scott-Mitchell
2000 Scott-Mitchell AM, Transfigured Night by Schoenberg, UNSW, Sydney (2000) [J2]
Co-authors Anthea Scott-Mitchell
1999 Scott-Mitchell AM, 2 Compositions for Solo Cello, University of Newcastle Faculty of Music, South Pacific Seminar Brisbane (1999) [J2]
Co-authors Anthea Scott-Mitchell
1999 Scott-Mitchell AM, Sonata by Faure, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
Co-authors Anthea Scott-Mitchell
1999 Scott-Mitchell AM, Schumann Piano Quartet, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
Co-authors Anthea Scott-Mitchell
1999 Scott-Mitchell AM, Prokofiev and Franck Sonatas, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
Co-authors Anthea Scott-Mitchell
1999 Scott-Mitchell AM, Roussel Trio and works by Margery Smith and Karol Husa, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
Co-authors Anthea Scott-Mitchell
1999 Scott-Mitchell AM, Vivaldi Double Concerto, Faculty of Music, University of Newcastle (1999) [J2]
Co-authors Anthea Scott-Mitchell
1999 Scott-Mitchell AM, Beethoven Triple Concerto, Balmain Sinfonia (1999) [J1]
Co-authors Anthea Scott-Mitchell
Show 9 more creative works

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $2,000

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

19981 grants / $2,000

Australian Cello Repertoire by Women Composers$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Anthea Scott-Mitchell
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0177209
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2016 Masters The Investigative Cellist and the Informed Audition M Philosophy (Music), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Ms Anthea Scott-Mitchell


Conjoint Senior Lecturer
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area


Contact Details

Phone (02) 4921 8927
Fax (02) 4921 8958


Room CON.401
Building The Conservatorium of Music
Location The Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300