Brian Chapman

Academic Contractor and Pianist


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Born in England in 1944, I studied piano in Brisbane with Nora Baird from 1952, and in Melbourne from 1954 with Lindsay Biggins, J.A. Steele and Roy Shepherd. After obtaining my AMusA performing diploma in 1958, I discontinued piano lessons the following year for five years, returning to study with Roy Shepherd in 1964. The following year I obtained my LMusA performing diploma and was a Victorian State finalist in the ABC's Instrumental and Vocal Competition (now the Young Performers' Award) in 1966 and 1968, being made equal State winner in 1968. I also appeared nine times on Channel 10's "Showcase" in the years 1968-1970.

My professional performing career began in the United States in the years 1970-1972 where I performed numerous chamber music recitals in collaboration with members of the North Carolina Symphony, an activity I continued on returning to Melbourne in collaboration with members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. I perform frequently as soloist or chamber musician and I have appeared widely in Melbourne, Victorian provincial centres, interstate and overseas including the United States, Mexico and Germany. My colleagues in chamber music performance have included Andrew Bain, Hermann Baumann, the Binneas Quartet, David Bloom, Rhonda Bruce, the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University, Tony Conolan, Jeffrey Crellin, Joan Dargavel, Graeme Evans, Tania Ferris, Phillip Green, David Griffiths, Vernon Hill, Louisa Hunter-Bradley, Thomas Indermuhle, John Kennedy, Michael Kisin, Janis Laurs, Frances Lehmann, Chris Martin, Phillip Miechel, Ian Morgan, Max Neil, Merlyn Quaife, Spiros Rantos, the Rowe Quartet, David Thomas, Henry Wenig, Denis Wick and Matthew Wilkie.

I have made over 100 studio recordings and broadcasts for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and have released audio CD recordings of music for piano solo by Mozart (1995), Beethoven (1996), Brahms (1997) and Chopin (2004), together with a CD of Schubert's Winterreise with soprano Louisa Hunter-Bradley (2006) and "Impromptu - A Collection of Impromptus, Fantasies and Impressions" containing works for piano solo by Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Granados, Albeniz and Debussy (2009). My latest CD (2011) contains the Piano & Wind Quintets of Mozart and Beethoven performed with Jeffrey Crellin (oboe), David Griffiths (clarinet), Graeme Evans (horn) and Matthew Wilkie (bassoon). In the latter half of 2014 I formed a new chamber group - The Baw Baw Trio - with violinist Daniel Stefanski and cellist Joan Evans. The live recording of our debut performance of Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio of October 26th last has been posted on SoundCloud. The Baw Baw Trio has announced its 2015 Subscription Series of three chamber concerts at Wesley of Warragul with guest artists David Evans (horn) and Lawrence Jacks (viola), featuring music by Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Smetana and Tchaikovsky (bookings now open at TryBooking).

I have organised a number of musical events including Monash University's 1983 Brahms Chamber Music Festival and 1997 Schubert/Brahms Festival.

I teach piano privately and I was honorary accompanist to the West Gippsland Chorale from 2001 to 2009.

I have operated for several years as independent academic contractor and was an Associate Professor at Monash University's Gippsland Medical School for six years until April 2014. I am currently an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at the School of Applied and Biomedical Science at Federation University Australia from where I have recently had a research paper titled Grief, Denial and Rage: A Revisionist View of Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonataaccepted for presentation as a Lecture-Recital at the 12th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference to be held in Melbourne in July, 2015.