Piano and Keyboard

pianoClassical Piano Performance

Mrs Tamara Smolyar
Coordinator of Piano, and Senior Lecturer
Dr Kenji Fujimura
Senior Lecturer, Piano/Keyboard
Sessional staff members

The Piano Program focuses on three main areas: solo repertoire, accompaniment and collaborative piano, and piano pedagogy. Piano students participate in piano ensembles, chamber music groups, as well as in activities with the Monash Academy Orchestra. Recent public performance projects have included a survey of music by individual composers such as Chopin, Liszt, Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Easton, as well as themed projects, for example, of  Australian keyboard music.

The School’s  dedicated and experienced piano teaching staff foster and develop the talents of the musicians under their tutelage to a high level of music performance, instilling in students a solid technique which opens their ears to the vast scope of piano literature.

The Piano Program also delivers a weekly workshop class which is taken by local and international musicians. Recent visitors include: Paul Badura-Skoda (Austria), Philippe Cassard (France), Roy Howat (UK), Guillermo Gonzalez (Spain), Geoffrey Saba (UK), Luisa Morales (Spain), Leslie Howard (UK), Nada Kecman (Austria), Livia Teodorescu-Ciocanea (Romania), Albert Tiu (Singapore), Sarah Grunstein (USA), Paul Badura Skoda (Austria), Roberto Prosseda (Italy) and many others.

Piano masterclass presenters, 2015

In 2015 we will welcome 14 unique and exciting musicians to present our weekly piano masterclasses. International artists Aleksander Stram (UK), Sarah Grunstein (USA), Leslie Howard (UK) and Geoffrey Saba (UK), alongside Australian pianists and pedagogues Professor Ronald Farren-Price (AUS), Oleg Stepanov (AUS), Mikhail Solovei (AUS), Robert Chamberlain (AUS), Tamara Smolyar (AUS), Dr Kenji Fujimura (AUS), Darryl Coote (AUS), Professor Max Cook (AUS), Glenn Riddle (AUS), Anthony Halliday (AUS). 

Recent projects have included:

  • International tours (Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea)
  • Performances with orchestras (Carnival of the Animals, Gershwin, at BMW Edge)
  • CD recording projects
  • Performances at the Melbourne Recital Centre

Prizes and Enrolment

  • Bernies Music Land Prize
  • Joan Earle Prize
  • Jascha Spivakovsky Prize

Enrolment and audition information

PianoStudents2