Pianoforte – Alison Kirkpatrick -2018

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Pianoforte

Adjudicator

Alison Kirkpatrick is a highly experienced, well established piano teacher who has been working in Melbourne in recent years and before that in New York, USA. She is also a performer for solo keyboard, concerto playing, chamber music and as a collaborator with other performers.

Alison graduated with two degrees in Performing and Music Education from the University of Melbourne. She was awarded First Class Honours for Piano in her final year. Subsequently she studied at Manhattan School of Music in New York, graduating with a Masters degree.  She was also fortunate to meet and play for Dorothy Taubman, an internationally famous pedagogue who exerted great influence on the teaching methodology of technique as well as other areas. Alison attended the Taubman Institute while in the USA.

Alison worked as an accompanist for well known instrumental and vocal teachers in New York in order to broaden her knowledge of repertoire and expand musicianship, thus complimenting her performing and teaching skills. She has also performed concertos with orchestra both in the United States and Australia, including Brahm’s Second Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto, and works by Schumann, Mozart and Beethoven to name just a few.  She also performed the Solo harpsichord part in Bach’s Sixth Brandenburg concerto.

Since returning to Melbourne, Alison continued performing and teaching.  She is also an examiner and has conducted masterclasses for students as well as workshops for various teacher groups.  These include the Victorian Music Teachers Association of which Alison acted as a director of the state council. In addition she is an adjudicator at eisteddfods and competitions not only including piano but also vocal sections and various instruments, bands and orchestras.

Alison constantly encourages her students to play and perform Australian piano works.  She has sponsored Australian music sections in Eisteddfods and has supported her students in composing their own works for such sections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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