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.
  • 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.
  • No matter where you are in the world, coaching with me is possible through the use of video calling platforms.

After a few in-depth conversations it became clear that this was someone with not only a vast knowledge of music and the different career paths that are associated with it, but also of the wide range of issues involved with the occupation of being a professional in this field…

…This is a lady of integrity, of experience, and with an open, creative mind that will be able to work with all types of musicians – should they also be open to share their experiences freely and openly…

Suyeon Kang

Violin Soloist

Justine is a trustworthy, confidential, patient and caring person. Her kind, nurturing nature and respectful communication skills lend perfectly to supporting high level performers to achieve confidence and freedom from performance stresses…Not only has she provided me with some techniques to use when I’m feeling pressured but in the bigger picture some skills to find that simplicity and joy of playing a musical instrument like when you first started…

Tim Sutton

Bass Trombonist, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Justine has a confidence and calmness about her that makes you feel at ease. No question I had was silly and no problem too small. The ultimate goal is to ensure your music making is as enjoyable as possible and her approach makes you feel empowered to take that control of your musicianship…

…My sessions with Justine have been invaluable for me and my career as a violinist. Approaching music from the standpoint of curiosity and creativity, playing the violin is now so much more than just a ‘day job’!

Megan Molina

Violinist, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Building Confidence

RNZ Concert asked me for advice around confidence, and in particular if it can be built. I believe it can. You can read what I had to say about it all on their website: Confidence Tricks - some tips for musical performance facebook LinkedIn Instagram

Effort, Age and Survival  

It is over a month since my last blog post and with the 6 weeks that have passed, we are well and truly in mid-summer here in Central Otago.

I have been systematically working through the 10 sonatas, regularly inspired by the awesome landscapes outside my window, and accompanied by my trusty sidekick – Coco the cat.

It turns out one of the biggest current challenges is physical fatigue…

A reset from the inside out

Having previously performed 6 of the 10 sonatas more than 20 years ago, it has been a lovely process coming back to the familiar, as well as discovering the new. Primarily due to the work I have been doing over the last 2 years getting to the nitty-gritty of my performance philosophies, these incredibly pristine works of Beethoven are proving to be an absolute gift for me.

Where to from here?

The next three months are super exciting for me, with 3 concerts confirmed in Mid-Feb 2020 for the performance of all 10 Beethoven sonatas within three days…and all in my new gorgeous neighbourhood of Central Otago.

It’s quite possible that I am naïve to the full enormity of this project – but one thing is for sure, sinking my teeth into these works again is a true treat, and the magnitude of the project is just what I am now needing at this point in my life.

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...

Discovering whole-body awareness

Reflections from a piano classInvited 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...

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...