Matthew Garvie recently completed his Bachelor of Music with first class Honours and the University Medal, studying piano under the tutelage of Daniel de Borah at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. A passionate chamber musician, he was awarded winner of the Hilda Woolmer Prize for Piano Accompaniment in 2020 and winner of the Basil Jones Sonata Prize in 2020 and 2018. Notably, in 2017, Matthew was selected to perform in the first side-by-side student/faculty concert, and in 2021, performed as a mentee in Ensemble Q alongside acclaimed musicians Natsuko Yoshimoto, Paul Dean, Trish Dean and Peter Luff.
Originally hailing from Wagga Wagga, Matthew began learning the piano from his grandmother at the age of seven before continuing his studies at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music under Hamish Tait. During that time, he won numerous awards including the Conservatorium’s senior Piano Scholarship and the Dr Ray King Scholarship. In 2016, he made his concerto debut with the Riverina Community orchestra, performing excerpts from Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 in E Minor.
Outside of music, Matthew enjoys eating chocolate and running, a necessary combination considering the amount of chocolate he consumes. Matthew begins his training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2022 with eminent musician Timothy Young, where he hopes to continue honing his chamber music skills. Later this year, he will also compete as a finalist in the Australian National Piano Award in Shepperton.
Financial assistance supported by ANAM Syndicate donors - Jane Simpson and Darryl Marsh, Jan Grant, Louise and Hermann Bischoff, Meredith Baldwin, Carolynne and Geoffrey Dobbin, Robyn Harris, Eric Dias and Roger Bau
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