Collaborating on The ANAM Set with ANAM musician Hannah Pike QLD piano
Australian pianist and composer Michael Kieran Harvey was born in Sydney and studied piano with Alan Jenkins, ANU School of Music; Gordon Watson, Sydney Conservatorium; and Sándor Falvai, Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest. His 40-year international career has been notable for its diversity and wide repertoire. He has especially promoted the works of Australian and contemporary composers (premiering well over 300) and recorded over 50 solo CDs.
Harvey became the first Australian to win a major international piano competition, the Ivo Pogorelich International Piano Competition, USA (1993). Other awards include the Debussy Medal, Paris (1986), the Australian Government's Centenary Medal (2002), the APRA/AMCOS award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music (2009), the APRA/AMCOS award for Performance of the Year (2014) and the APRA/AMCOS ‘Luminary’ award (2020). He has given many historic performances of major piano repertoire internationally and in Australia, as well as collaborating with leading improvisers, jazz and rock figures.
Harvey holds a PhD in music composition. His compositions have been performed in Europe, the UK, North and South America and Asia, in addition to major Australian festivals. His homage to Zappa, 48 Fugues For Frank, received the AMC/APRA Tasmanian State Award for the Instrumental Work of the Year (2011). His ensemble work Patañjali received an AMC/APRA Tasmanian State Award for Instrumental Work of the Year (2016).
Dr Harvey is on the guest faculty of Australian National Academy of Music, is Adjunct Senior Lecturer at University of Tasmania and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.