Justine Playing


Unleashing performance creativity and confidence – and LOVING it!

Are you a performer looking for more successful and rewarding ways to express yourself artistically?

Would you like to experience more physical ease and natural confidence when you perform?

Or perhaps you’d like to enjoy your performing more or even reconnect with your love of performing?

If so, you are in the right place.

Through my 27-year performing career, I have experienced the inspiring benefits of mind and body integration in successful and rewarding artistic expression. As a result of constant experimentation, I have discovered how objective awareness and clarity of intention offer valuable insights into both what holds us back, as well as what liberates us in our creative expression and enjoyment.

I am keen to share the discoveries that have helped me constantly evolve as a violinist, musician, teacher and creative person through my own career – discoveries that profoundly contribute to healthier, happier and more successful creative performance.

So, named after the performance philosophy at the heart of my approach, I have created ListenFeelPlay.

My goal is to inspire and support you towards healthier and happier creative performance, fully unleashing your natural creativity and confidence – and LOVING it!

Creative Performance Coaching

As a Creative Performance Coach, I offer directed personalised coaching to help you explore ListenFeelPlay philosophies in your own creative pursuit.


  • Whether you are a highly experienced professional performer, enthusiastic amateur, beginner or a performance teacher yourself, ListenFeelPlay philosophies can inspire and support you.
  • No matter where you are in the world, coaching with me is possible through the wonders of video calling platforms (such as skype or other platform of your choice).
  • I’ll support you to develop new objective and insightful awareness within your own creative processes, both in terms of your thinking and also how you engage with and use your body.
  • I’ll support you to uncover more success, ease and enjoyment in your creative pursuit and help you to unleash your confidence and creativity.

“I have no hesitation in giving my full endorsement to Justine as an exceptional teacher, coach and performer.

I was fortunate to study violin with Justine for over 8 years, including during my undergraduate performance degree. Her holistic teaching methods helped me connect the physical, intellectual and emotional domains vital to successful creative thinking, skills which I continue to use in my musical and medical practice daily.

Additionally, I am constantly inspired by her drive to further her own creative musical discovery as a world class violinist. Her skills and experience would no doubt be of benefit to the development of any aspiring creative performer or artist.”

Dr Dickson Fung

Medical Doctor and Violinist

Mountains and overcoming self-consciousness

I love mountains - always have, always will. Having recently moved to live amongst the Southern Alps of New Zealand, I am lucky enough to interact daily with these magnificent mountains. I am acutely aware of the support and inspiration they give me as a creative...

Acknowledging the positive

Beware of your greatest strengths! Shakespeare is quoted as saying “your greatest strength begets your greatest weakness”.   As performers, one of our most valuable strengths is our skill in self-critiquing. We are highly trained in the ability to judge and evaluate...

Discovering whole-body awareness

Reflections from a piano class Invited to explore ListenFeelPlay philosophies in an Auckland University piano class, four talented young pianists and I experimented together, witnessing and demonstrating, on the spot, the power and relevance of whole-body awareness....

Be true to your own creative voice

One of the lessons I have learnt over and over again through my career has been the importance of honouring your own voice, your own perspective and your own self-expression. In order to do this, you must pay close attention to your creative intuition, and have the...

Taking ownership of your confidence

I used to think of confidence as something you either have or you don’t have, but in fact confidence is something you 'do', or more to the point often ‘don’t do’…to varying degrees. Let me explain. It was somewhat of a lightbulb moment for me when I realised that...

Attitude is everything

"Attitude is everything" It’s a common saying and personally I couldn’t agree more. When it comes to successfully and confidently expressing yourself and having a great time in the process, awareness of your attitude allows for a wealth of opportunities. Do you adopt...

The mind+body connection

Mind+body connection is at the heart of creative ease and flow. As a human being, your mind has the potential to be your greatest asset or greatest downfall, and everything in between. By learning to objectively observe your thoughts, your mental habits, and your...

Clarity of intention

Gaining clarity of intention when creating is vital and liberating. Too often we muddle our way through a learning process without really taking care to ask 'what do I really want?' When we consistently stop and ask a few simple questions about what we really want,...

Objective listening

Over my years as a violinist, I have come to the conclusion that the most powerful way to develop my playing is to pay extraordinary attention to both the intention: what I intend to hear as I play, and the actual: what I actually hear as I play. These may seem to be...