In 2017 Melbourne Youth Orchestras has partnered with the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) to present our Masterclass Series. The series will comprise of four Masterclasses, each led by an AWO artist and focusing on different instruments and rehearsal techniques.
The fourth Masterclass of the 2017 series will focus on Piano, to be presented by Bernadette Harvey, Lecturer in Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During the Masterclass, Bernadette will guide four students through key aspects of instrumental performance in front of a live audience – both in person and online. Both live and online audiences will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Bernadette on any aspects of piano performance.
The Masterclass is an opportunity to gain a new perspective and a greater understanding of high quality performance and would perfectly complement a student’s preparation for VCE, AMEB and tertiary recitals.
Date: Sunday 8 October 2017, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Venue: Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Music Building, Southbank Campus, The University of Melbourne 234 St Kilda Road Southbank VIC 3006
Currently Lecturer in Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Bernadette enjoys a happily balanced career as teacher and performer. She has recently returned from a tour in the US which included appearances at the 2015 Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival. Her numerous appearances at this festival have included collaborations with Marc-Andre Hamelin, Tokyo Quartet and the Shanghai Quartet.
A recent US tour included solo recitals and master classes at the University of Arizona, Indiana University and the Eastman School of Music (where she received her DMA studying with Nelita True) in which she gave the US premiere of Australian composer, Ross Edwards, first solo piano sonata written for her. Her performance of Carl Vine’s Sonata #1 and the Edwards Sonata in Indiana was reviewed as “nothing less than spectacular” (Peter Jacobi, The Herald Times, March 27 2015).
In March 2016, Bernadette will be performing major two piano works with Marc Andre Hamelin at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival amongst other performances with international musicians from around the world. She will premiere 5 new sonatas written for her by Australian composers, scheduled for recording and performance in 2016 and her latest recording which includes the world premiere recordings of Ross Edwards Piano Sonata and Night Songs and Mantras, plus other works by Carl Vine has just been released through Tall Poppies.
Photo: Keith Saunders
How to Take Part
- As a performer. You will prepare and perform a 3 to 5 minute piece, receive feedback and be guided through ways to enhance your playing with Bernadette Harvey. (4 places available). Apply by 5pm Monday 4 September.
- Attend in person to watch the Masterclass and participate in the Q+A. (limited places available). Book your free tickets here.
- Watch online. Simply visit mymlive.com. Here you will be able watch and listen to the Masterclass in high definition and submit your questions or comments using Facebook, twitter or by using our live chat window. Free.