Program - to download the latest program, click here.

Timetable (draft) - to download the latest timetable, click here.

Please be aware that the above times and scheduling may be subject to change. Further information will be uploaded at regular intervals accordingly.

Well Being for Pianists – practical sessions
There are limited places for these; reservations will be on a first in first serve basis and will be open to registered conference delegates.


APPC2015 has engaged an impressive line up of keynote and invited speakers and recitalists as detailed below:

 

  Presenters:
Invited Speaker:
Dr Scott McBride Smith
Invited Recitalist and conference Patron:
Piers Lane AO, Conference Patron
Invited Speaker and Recitalist:
Ian Munro
Invited Speaker and Recitalist:
Joe Chindamo
Invited Presenter:
Anna Carson

Hal Leonard sponsored Solutions Stream including presentation by:
Dr Randall Faber (USA)
Angela Turner
Elissa Milne
Carly McDonald
Thembi Shears

AMEB sponsored presentation by:
Mark McGee

Dr Scott McBride Smith

Biography:

Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Kansas, President of the International Institute for Young Musicians, and former President of Royal American Conservatory Examinations - is widely recognised as one of the United States' leading piano teachers and piano clinicians. Invited to lecture on various aspects of piano pedagogy across the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America, his publications include the groundbreaking American Popular Piano series, as well as the college text The Well-Tempered Keyboard Teacher. Scott is also associate editor of the magazine Clavier Companion and co-author of Christopher Norton's Guide to Micro Jazz.



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Dr Scott McBride Smith

Dr Scott McBride Smith
Piers Lane, patron of the APPC

Biography:

"No praise could be high enough for Piers Lane whose playing throughout is of a superb musical intelligence, sensitivity, and scintillating brilliance." – Bryce Morrison, Gramophone.

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane is one of the most inquisitive and engaging live performers of his generation. In great demand as soloist and collaborative artist, Piers has been the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music since 2007 and also directed the annual Myra Hess Day at the National Gallery in London from its inception in 2006 until 2013. As well as having written and presented the 54-part series The Piano for BBC Radio 3, Piers has a discography that exceeds 50 CDs. Recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and a sold-out performance of Chopin’s complete Nocturnes at Wigmore Hall. APPC2015 is delighted that our Patron, Piers Lane AO, will be presenting an evening recital at the conference – an event not to be missed.



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Piers Lane

Piers Lane
Ian Munro

Biography:

Ian Munro has emerged over recent years as one of Australia’s most distinguished and awarded musicians, with a career that has taken him to thirty countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. His award in 2003 of Premier Grand Prix at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition for composers (Belgium) is a unique achievement for an Australian and follows on from multiple prizes in international piano competitions in Spain (Maria Canals), Italy (Busoni), Portugal (Vianna da Motta) and the UK, where his second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1987 established his international profile. In recent years, his compositions have been performed throughout Australia, New Zealand and on BBC radio. In 2015, his third piano trio is premiered by Howard Penny and Helena Rathbone, and in 2016 his flute concerto is premiered by Prue Davis and the MSO.



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Ian Munro
Joe Chindamo

Biography:

Joe Chindamo is a musical polyglot in the tradition of Bernstein and Previn. Routinely described as one of the best jazz pianists in the world, Chindamo’s art transcends jazz, having composed concertos, chamber music and film music. His formidable pianism has earned him admiration from the classical elite. In 2008 and 2011, Chindamo was invited to perform in Italy by pianist Michele Campanella. An enthusiastic recommendation by Nikolai Demidenko led to an invitation to perform at the Fazioli auditorium in Venice. Chindamo has performed concerts all over the world, including Umbria Jazz Festival, Tokyo Dome and Lincoln Centre in New York. He has won a plethora of awards, including several ARIA, & BELL awards, as well as the MO award for jazz instrumental performer of the year in 2002 and 2004. As a composer, he is quickly establishing himself as a new and unique voice in Australian music.



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Joe Chindamo
Anna Carson

Biography:

Founder of the Australian Yoga and Music Academy (AYAMA), Anna Carson enjoys a varied career as a pianist, pedagogue, and yoga teacher. Anna’s musical studies and performances have taken her throughout Australia, Europe and America. She has performed with many of Australia’s leading orchestras and, following her passion for chamber music, continues to present recitals throughout Australia. The physical, mental and spiritual benefits of a regular yoga practice had such a profound influence on her life and music making that in 2012, Anna felt compelled to delve deeper into the art of yoga. Her initial training at the Australian Yoga Academy in Melbourne inspired her to embark on a journey of further study taking numerous workshops and courses with teachers from varied physical movement backgrounds. Drawing on this knowledge she teaches a unique blend of ancient yoga techniques and mindful movement practices inspired by modern biomechanical science.

Yoga and Mindful Movement for Pianists

These lectures and practical classes will offer techniques to improve body awareness, posture and core strength, relieve tension and increase mobility throughout the spine. The sessions will also explore breathing and meditation techniques to naturally reduce stress, improve concentration and combat performance anxiety. The practical classes are suitable for any age and level of experience and will be tailored to suit individual needs. Upon registration for these classes participants will be required to list any health concerns or injuries.



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Anna Carson
Randall Faber

Biography:

Randall Faber performs extensively as a classical pianist and lectures on musical artistry and talent development around the world. His performances have aired on television and public radio. He was a master teacher in the USA for the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Music Teachers National Association Conference, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and has presented as a guest artist at universities throughout North America and Asia. Randall holds three degrees from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in education and human development from Vanderbilt University.

Randall and his wife Nancy are well known as authors of the bestselling Piano Adventures® teaching method and their many publications for the piano. They founded the Faber Piano Institute, which hosts their international teacher support efforts and their website PianoAdventures.com. The Fabers advocate piano study not only for personal expression and performance success, but also as a vehicle for the student's creative, cognitive, and personal development.



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Randall Faber
Angela Turner

Biography:

Angela Turner enjoys a multifaceted career as performer and lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium. Broadcast on Australian radio as soloist and chamber musician, Angela has enjoyed a focus upon chamber music in recent years, most notably with the Lyrebird Trio - winners of all piano trio prizes at the quadrennial 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition, and Ensemble-in-Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium. Recent engagements have included appearances at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House, Australian Piano Duo Festival, Kawai Keyboard Series, for Musica Viva, and the Banff Centre, Canada.

Since 1998, Angela has been on staff at the Queensland Conservatorium, and currently heads the Intermediate Piano Program at Young Conservatorium. A well-respected teacher, Angela is also an AMEB Keyboard Examiner and a sought-after adjudicator and presenter around Australia. A Conservatorium medallist, Angela completed her Master of Music on exchange at the Royal College of Music, London.



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Angela Turner
Carly McDonald

Biography:

Carly McDonald runs a music business; Novar Music. In addition to teaching 43 piano students each week she manages 14 music teachers in 5 locations across South Australia. Carly has a special interest in early music education for children. She is passionate about students developing a strong foundation of skills and a healthy voice for expression throughout their lives.

In 2013 Carly became an Australian Ambassador for the Piano Adventures series by Randall and Nancy Faber.

Carly is passionate about teaching (with a little stylish flair) and is the founder and publisher of www.creativepianoprofessional.com and contributing writer for The Piano Teacher Magazine.



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Carly McDonald
Thembi Shears

Biography:

Thembi Shears holds a First Class Honours degree in Primary Education, with a minor in Inclusive Education. She has worked with children with a wide range of learning needs in both the school classroom and private studio setting, and has a special interest in engaging students who struggle with traditional models of teaching. Thembi runs a busy private studio in Brisbane, Australia, where she enjoys the challenge of making piano lessons enjoyable and rewarding for each individual student. Learning piano can be a lonely activity, and Thembi is therefore passionate about creating a community of learners to bring piano lessons into students’ social lives. Holiday camps, workshops, team challenges and piano parties are a large part of her studio, serving as opportunities to bring students together to inspire, encourage and motivate one another.



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Thembi Shears
Mark McGee

Biography:

Mark’s experience as a performer is considerable, and includes concertos with various ABC Orchestras, numerous solo recitals and performances with some of Australia’s most distinguished musicians. He was first prize winner of the inaugural Australian National Piano Award held at Shepparton. Mark’s exposure, during his years of study in Europe in the 1980s, to the teaching of pianists Claudio Arrau and Wilhelm Kempff, and the conductor Sergiu Celibidache, has been of central importance to the development of his musical philosophy and ideas about teaching.

Currently, Mark is Assistant Director of Music at St. Kevin’s College and also teaches piano and lectures in piano pedagogy at Melbourne University’s Faculty of Music where he became, in 2002, the first pianist in Australia to have conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts. He is a Federal examiner with the AMEB and is also a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique.



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Mark McGee