Born in Brisbane, 23-year-old pianist Adam McMillan is currently studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Timothy Young. Adam began playing when he was four, and by age 16, he had performed as soloist with the Tagiev Chamber Orchestra in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as well as in China and Estonia. During his school years he received a Licentiate of Music with Distinction, was awarded the Quota Joyce Phillips award by the AMEB, and received 1st prize in the Queensland Piano Competition.
In 2014, Adam completed a Bachelor of Music (Advanced Performance) under the tutelage of Jenni Flemming at the Queensland Conservatorium, where he was a recipient of the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship. He graduated with First Class Honours and a University Medal. During his studies in Queensland, performances included playing in the 4MBS Festival of Classics Beethoven Marathon, performing as soloist with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and collaborating with other pianists in the Australian Piano Duo Festival. He also enjoyed performing and recording the works of a number of emerging Australian composers, and recording a CD with cellist Elizabeth Hubbard to raise money for the charity ‘HeartKids’.
During his time at ANAM, Adam has performed in the Brisbane Baroque Festival, in the Australian Voices series at the Melbourne Recital Centre, in the Canberra International Music Festival, as soloist with the South Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and as soloist with the ANAM Orchestra under Richard Gill. He has performed frequently at ANAM alongside his colleagues, and performed with visiting artists such as Sara Macliver, Penelope Thwaites, Lisa Moore, Kathryn Stott, Paavali Jumpannen, Roy Howat, and Steve Davislim. He has also gained experience as an orchestral player under Simone Young and Antonio Méndez.
In 2016, Adam performed in the Australian Showcase at the Sydney International Piano Competition. Another highlight was performing Penderecki’s Sextet in the ANAM Chamber Competition Final; his ensemble received the Musica Viva Chamber Music Prize.
Student Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – John and Meredith Baldwin, Jan Grant, Peter Henderson, Janet Limb, Julie Paxton, Rob Piaggio, Anne and Greg Sewell, Gary Singer and Geoffrey Smith, Robert Whitehead
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