Maggie is an emerging pianist from Sydney who has a keen interest in chamber music, piano pedagogy and contemporary performance.
Maggie completed her Bachelor of Music Performance and Master of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium under the tutelage of Natalia Sheludiakova and Dr. Bernadette Harvey. During her studies at the Conservatorium, she was a featured soloist in various sonata and lunchtime concerts, and was the orchestral pianist in the Modern Music Ensemble and Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra’s 2015 Greenway Series. She also had the opportunity to study early keyboard with renowned historical performance scholar, Neals Peres Da Costa.
Maggie has participated in a number of music programs nationally and internationally. These include the 2012 and 2014 Icicle Creek Winter Piano Festival in Washington, US and the 2016 and 2017 AYO Chamber Players Program in partnership with the Musica Viva Festival. More recently, she was awarded a scholarship as one of the six pianists to participate in the 2017 Meadowmount School of Music in New York, a rigorous seven-week music program. During that period, she had the opportunity to intensively study and collaborate with students and teachers from some of America’s top institutions. Through these programs, Maggie had the privilege of receiving lessons and masterclasses from Gilbert Kalish, Xak Bjerken, Ann Schein, Lambert Orkis, Ivan Zenaty, the Goldner String Quartet and Plexus Ensemble.
Aside from scheming her next chamber music project, Maggie enjoys collaborating with local Australian composers. She has premiered works by Anthony Moles, recorded for Peggy Polias’ Picnic at Hanging Rock Suite, and is currently working on potential projects curated by Kammerklang, a multidisciplinary arts company from Sydney.
In the next few years, Maggie hopes to promote more works by active composers from China, introducing them to the Australian stage. When Maggie is not behind the piano, you may find her exploring the ECM record label, concocting her next culinary experiment or watching a sci-fi film of some sort. Apart from music, she sustains on the trinity of coffee, cats and Chinese cuisine.
This year will be Maggie’s second year of training with Timothy Young at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), and she looks forward to immersing herself in the solo, chamber and orchestral projects ANAM has to offer.
IN MAGGIE'S WORDS
“I have a lot of interests and hobbies: rock-climbing, cooking, and Sci-fi films and gangster films. I also love jazz music, especially Nordic or Scandinavian jazz.”
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – George and Grace Kass, Shane Simpson AM, Vivienne Ritchie, Judith and Graham Ryles, Robyn Harris, Frank van Straten AM and Adrian Turley, The Orloff Family Charitable Trust
Image by Pia Johnson