The presentation provides an opportunity to gain some insight into what goes on behind the scenes in elite classical music performance, and to enjoy the outstanding music-making of staff and students. The evening’s performances will reveal the sheer versatility of the Steinway Grand Piano; from the 18th century dance music of Bach, through the literary symbolism of Ravel’s French Impressionism, to the visceral evocation of war in Prokofiev’s 7th Piano Sonata. The program also includes heritage Australian music (excerpts from Percy Grainger’s beloved Lincolnshire Posy), and an innovative “speech melody” composition by UQ’s Rob Davidson featuring a recording of Percy Grainger’s voice accompanied by pianos.

This evening’s event highlights the collaborative possibilities that arise from placing a world-class instrument in the hands of our staff and students. Live performances will illustrate the way the next generation of pianists (our students) are being inspired by the instrument, and the way the piano plays an important role in solo performance, chamber music, composition and music performance research. The connection between excellent resources and excellent results will become clear in a stunning program of live performance and “behind the scenes” insights into the world of classical music.


Dr Liam Viney & Dr Anna Grinberg
Russian-Israeli pianist Anna Grinberg and Australian pianist Liam Viney perform a variety of roles at UQ as Piano Research Fellow and Piano Performance Fellow respectively. Apart from teaching roles in piano and chamber music, they are also an Ensemble-in-Residence and contribute music performance research to the School’s Creative Collaboratorium. They have both enjoyed careers as soloists and as chamber musicians. They began playing together as a duo while students at Yale, continuing while based in Los Angeles until 2009. The duo has performed in festivals and concert series in Australia, the United States and Israel. Anna and Liam have appeared together as soloists with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, were featured pianists at the 2010 Bangalow Music Festival, the 2011 Tyalgum Festival, Yale University's Messiaen Centenary Celebration and have made live broadcasts on ABC Radio.
The Duo is committed to developing a unique repertoire based on exploring classics of the two-piano literature as well as creating new works through commissions. They've given world premieres of new two-piano compositions by Matthew Hindson, Shaun Naidoo and Ezra Laderman, former President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2010 they gave the world premiere of Stephen Leek’s Warrumbungles Burning for two pianos and choir with the St. Peter’s Chorale and released a CD of two-piano and choir works by Leek, Jonathan Dove and Mary Ellen Childs. Other recent highlights include performing Grand Pianola Music (Adams) with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the complete Makrokosmos (Crumb) in Sydney and Brisbane and commissioning three new works from Australian composers. Both Anna and Liam were awarded Doctorates in piano performance from Stony Brook University and Yale University respectively. Anna has served on the music faculties of Yale and Chapman University, and both of them taught at the California Institute of the Arts.  

Dr Robert Davidson
Dr Robert Davidson is a prolific composer, bassist, lecturer and founder and artistic director of Topology, ensemble-in-residence at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Davidson studied composition with Terry Riley in California via a Churchill Fellowship before completing a composition PhD at The University of Queensland and was included on the Dean’s list of outstanding PhDs in 2003. Davidson was a bassist in the Australian Opera and Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras before commencing his current career as a music lecturer. Davidson’s compositions are regularly performed, recorded and broadcast around the world. All of Australia’s professional orchestras, many leading soloists, ensembles and festivals have commissioned and performed his works. With Topology he has released six CD albums and a DVD and has directed numerous collaborations with artists including The Kransky Sisters, Gerry Connolly, Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan, Robert Forster, the Southern Cross Soloists and Misinterprotato. 

Cindy Yen
2nd year Bachelor of Music student, The University of Queensland. After pursuing a career in swimming, Cindy began classical piano training when she came to Australia in 2006. During these brief but significant six years, she was much honored to receive guidance and mentorship from established educators and performers. Cindy is currently in her second year of the Bachelor of Music at UQ studying with Dr. Liam Viney. Amongst her dedicated and inspirational teachers are Graeme Morton, Kevin Power, Max Olding and Brachi Tilles. In 2010, Max Olding awarded Cindy a Distinction for the AMus.A. 

Professor Margaret Barrett (Moderator)
Head of the School of Music, The University of Queensland. Margaret Barrett is Professor and Head of the School of Music at The University of Queensland and President of the International Society for Music Education.  Her research projects encompass the investigation of the role of Music and the Arts in human cognition and social and cultural development. Her research has addressed problems in the areas of aesthetic decision-making, the meaning and value of the Arts for young people, young children's musical thinking, young children's identity work in and through music, teaching and learning practices in the arts, and creativity. A key aspect of her work has been the development of innovative arts-based inquiry methods in music and music education. Margaret's record of service to music education includes: Chair of the Asia Pacific Symposium of Music Education Research (2009 - 2011); Commissioner to the ISME Research Commission (2006 - 2012); ISME Board member (2008 - 2010); and National President of the Australian Society for Music Education (1999 - 2001). Margaret is editor of Research Studies in Music Education, and Associate Editor of Psychology of Music. Margaret has held visiting professorships at a range of institutions, including the Institute of Education, University of London, and the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. 

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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