Piano Duo Workshop (Brisbane)

Please note that the Piano Duo Workshop with Dr Liam Viney and Dr Anna Grinberg has been changed to the new time / date of 4pm – 5:30pm Friday 29th April 2011  

Venue: 60 Commercial Road, Newstead, Brisbane, Australia

This informative workshop occurs immediately prior to their recital that evening at 7pm.  

 Please contact the office for more information (07) 3666 0650.

Dr Anna Grinberg is Performance Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, School of Music. Born in the former Soviet Union, Anna’s career has seen concerts in the U.S., Australia, Israel, England, Italy, Germany, and Belgium.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “powerful”, Anna’s engagements have included solo and chamber music performances at Royce Hall, Los Angeles, New York’s Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and other venues in the U.S.  She has performed as soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the Paul Mellon Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared on the Faculty Artist series of Chapman University, California Institute of the Arts, and Yale University.

While studying in Israel Anna won prizes in several competitions, including the Katz Piano Competition on two occasions. She has also been the recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships, and was supported in a year of study at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Anna was a major prizewinner in the Connecticut Young Artists Piano Competition on two occasions.

Dr Liam Viney is a soloist, collaborative musician and teacher. First prize-winner of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, Liam has performed regularly in Australia, the U.S., Europe and Israel.

After spending a decade in the United States pursuing a multi-faceted performing and teaching career, including five years at the California Institute of the Arts, Liam is now the Piano Performance Fellow at the University of Queensland, School of Music. He has appeared as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony, the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Youth Orchestra, the New Century Players and the CalArts Chamber Orchestra in concertos ranging from those of Mozart and Beethoven, to Prokofiev and Ligeti.

Liam’s 2008 solo recital of all Australian music (including five U.S. premieres) at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles was named “Best of 2008”; one of the top ten musical events that year in Los Angeles, by L.A. Times critic Rick Schultz. Liam has given solo recitals and chamber music performances in concert series and festivals such as the Bangalow Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Connecticut, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Green Umbrella” series, The Dartington International Summer School, the “New Paths” festival of New York, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Melbourne’s “Next Wave” festival, the Brisbane Festival, the “Keynote”, “Celebrations”, and “Kawai” series of Australia, and the “Tyalgum Festival”.

Liam’s involvement with new music has led to performances with groups such as Australia‘s “Elision Ensemble”, and the U.S.-based “New Century Players” and “Inauthentica”. He was soloist in Berio’s Points on the Curve to Find at the REDCAT Theatre, Disney Hall Los Angeles. He has also been featured on several of L.A.‘s esteemed Monday Evening Concerts. His guest appearance playing Stockhausen’s Mantra with pianist Vicki Ray in Piano Spheres’ 2005 season was described as “first-rate” by the Los Angeles Times.

Apart from First Prize in the 2001 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, he also won the “People’s Choice Prize” and prizes for “Best performance of an Australian Work”, and “Best Performance of a Classical Sonata”. Other competitions Liam has won include First Prize in the Yamaha Australian Youth Piano Competition, (the prize for which was a grand piano), a “Queen’s Trust” award, the City of Sydney Piano Scholarship, the Queensland Piano Competition on two occasions, and the Connecticut Young Artists Piano Competition.

Liam has formed a two-piano team with pianist Anna Grinberg, and together they explore classics of the two-piano literature, as well as create new works through commissions. Since 2006, they have commissioned 6 new works, including a major work by Ezra Laderman, President of the Academy of Arts and Letters; “Interior Landscapes”, which they premiered at Steinway Hall in 2006.

Critic Ivan Katz said of their duo playing at the Horowitz Series, Yale University: “I cannot imagine a finer performance, as this one had everything, illuminating every bar of the music…The audience went wild…”. As a duo they have performed on ABC Classic FM’s Sunday Live and Keys To Music programs.

Liam earned a Doctorate in piano performance from Yale University‘s School of Music, where his teacher was Boris Berman. After graduating, Liam shared a recital program of Prokofiev piano sonatas with Berman in Israel, and subsequently co-edited Berman’s book “Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas” published by Yale University Press. Other research interests include Australian piano music, the art of piano accompaniment, and practice-led research in music. 

 

 

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Anna Grinberg and Liam Viney form the LA Piano Duo, Ensemble in Residence at the University of Queensland. With a repertoire that spans from Bach and Mozart to Cage, Reich, Ligeti and the composers of today, they enjoy finding new things in old music and old things in new music. Formed in 2006 in Los Angeles, they have commissioned six new works, including a major work by Ezra Laderman, President of the Academy of Arts and Letters; “Interior Landscapes”, which they premiered at Steinway Hall in 2006. In August 2010 they premiered a major new work for 2 pianos and Choir by Stephen Leek. Other composers commissioned include Marc Lowenstein and Shaun Naidoo, whose piece “Diamond Morning” they premiered in Los Angeles in February 2010.  

Liam and Anna met while studying at Yale’s School of Music with Boris Berman.  Based in Los Angeles until 2009, performance highlights include Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen at Yale University’s “Messiaen Centenary Celebration”, as well as a live broadcast on Southern California radio. They also accompanied the great ballerina Nina Ananiashvili’s solo appearances with the State Ballet of Georgia during her 2008 tour of the United States. Critic Ivan Katz said of their performance of John Adams’ Hallelujah Junction at the “Horowitz Series”, Yale University: “I cannot imagine a finer performance, as this one had everything, illuminating every bar of the music…The audience went wild…”

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