Lolita Emmanuel is an Assyrian and Armenian pianist, contemporary vocalist, music teacher and ethnomusicologist born in Australia. She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music Studies with First Class Honours and is soon to begin her post graduate studies in piano. Lolita’s experience as a performer spans across venues such as AGNSW, Sydney Opera House, The Metro Theatre, North Byron Parklands for Splendour in the Grass festival and various venues. As a performer, Lolita enjoys many styles such as classical, soul, RnB, and folk. She frequently performs as a solo pianist, accompanist and ensemble member across Australia and most recently, in the USA with the Assyrian Arts Institute. As a singer, she has collaborated and toured with hip hop artists across Australia.
Guided by the piano tutelage of Dr. Natalia Andreeva and masterclasses with Armenian pianist Anahit Nercessian, Lolita is inspired by expressions of cultural identity through compositions of Arno Babadjanian and Aram Khachaturian. Similarly, she is a strong advocate for the continued preservation and reconstruction of at-risk culture through music.
As a music educator, Lolita has over 7 years experience teaching all ages and levels in the piano. Alongside teaching a combination of piano technique, repertoire and music theory, Lolita has prepared students from many levels to achieve high results in AMEB examinations. She also prepares her students for performances, eisteddfods and guides students in singing and creative projects like composition and improvisation. Through an encouraging and dynamic teaching environment, Lolita values developing a passion for learning about music that spans across different musical styles, alongside a strong sense of knowledge of the instrument and technique. Lolita is currently an academic tutor in musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.