The Emerging Artists Series
Since moving to the larger piano showroom in Willoughby in 2009, Theme and Variations Piano Services has been able to share the space with clients, friends and music-lovers at casual and intimate concerts more regularly.
Each year at Theme and Variations Piano Services we present the Emerging Artists Concert Series at the Sydney showroom at 451 Willoughby Road Willoughby.
The Emerging Artists Series is an initiative from Theme & Variations Piano Services which aims to give promising young pianists the exciting opportunity to prepare and perform a solo piano recital in front of a live audience. Solo performance opportunities outside of eisteddfods and examinations for young pianists are rare, especially for high school level students. The more a pianists can experience performing live, the better musicians they will become.
We have invited the heads of keyboard studies in schools and universities to nominate their most promising students to participate in our series. This series features one tertiary level pianist who will perform for a maximum of thirty minutes, and two secondary school students each performing for twenty minutes.
Since the series started, Professor Michael Brimer has been adjudicating every concert. Professor Brier has a broad musical background as pianist, chamber musician, organist, conductor and academic. Studies at the University of Cape Town, the Royal College of Music and the Royal School of Church Music in London and at the University of Cambridge, led to an academic career that brought appointments at the University of Western Australia as Lecturer, Monash University as Senior Lecturer, the University of Natal as Foundation Professor of Music, the University of Cape Town as Dean of the Faculty of Music and the University of Melbourne where he was for nine years the Ormond Professor of Music and for five years Dean of the Faculty.
He was appointed Professor Emeritus on leaving Melbourne and subsequently has been based in Sydney while performing and lecturing. He has performed the complete series of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas five times, has performed the complete piano music of Schumann in a live broadcast recital series and broadcast the complete sonatas of Schubert. He has performed all four of Tchaikovsky’s works for piano and orchestra in a series with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.