Piano Teachers Festival Presenter Information Conservatorium Open Academy

Piano Teachers Festival Presenter Information



Dr Kirill Monorosi is a pianist, musicologist, teacher and lecturer. He completed his B.Mus in piano performance with first class honours, followed by studies at the Moscow Conservatorium and the Franz Liszt Hochschule für Musik in Weimar, Germany. He then went on to complete his PhD in musicology in 2014 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Kirill has given concerts in Europe, Australia and Russia, with repertoire ranging from the English virginalists to contemporary Australian composers. In 2009, he was invited to perform a solo recital on Liszt’s piano in the Liszt Museum, Weimar. In 2012, in a series of lecture-recitals he performed the world premiere of César Cui’s Variations-Preludes Op. 104. In 2016 he recorded the first book of J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier in Germany.

Kirill has been awarded numerous Awards, including the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), two Robert Hatherley Scholarships and a J. S. Bach Foundation Research Grant (Germany). In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Churchill Fellowship to continue his research into previously unpublished piano works in Europe. He was also a Semi-finalist in the 2007 Vienna International Piano Competition; and a Finalist and Diploma Prize-Winner of the 2009 J. S. Bach International Piano Competition in Würzburg.

He currently has 15 publications, including the first published piano reductions of three Mozart Piano Concertos K. 107 (with cadenzas composed for concertos 2 and 3), as well as first publications of César Cui’sVariations-Preludes Op.104, 15 Miniatures Op. 105 and Petite Sonatine Op. 106.

Kirill maintains a busy teaching schedule, which includes regular invitations to lecture and give masterclasses in Europe, Russia, and Latin America. He has adjudicated for various eisteddfods and competitions, and most recently the 2016 J. S. Bach International Piano Competition in Würzburg, Germany. In 2017 he was appointed co-artistic director of this competition.


Glen Riddle is Lecturer in Music (Piano) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, where he lectures in piano and piano pedagogy. A Federal Examiner for the AMEB as well as a member of their International Examining Panel, he is also a National Committee member of the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference.

Glenn has always had a strong interest in pedagogy and has edited 12 volumes of piano music for the AMEB including Series 15, as well as designing piano syllabuses for the AMEB as well as in Taiwan. Glenn has been on international piano competition juries in the USA, Greece, Thailand and NZ and he continues to perform and present workshops and masterclasses throughout Asia and in Australia and NZ.


Jeanell Carrigan studied at the Sydney and Queensland Conservatories and then in Europe with Nancy Salas, Leah Horwitz, Pamela Page, Alfons Kontarsky and Karl Engel. As a professional musician she has been involved in many educational and performance based activities.

As a teacher she has experience at all levels – primary, secondary and tertiary, in the class and lecture room situation and on a one-to-one basis. She has held positions of employment at the Hochschulen für Musik in Stuttgart and Munich, the Universities of Queensland and Melbourne and the Queensland and Sydney Conservatories of Music. She is constantly in demand as an examiner and adjudicator and is presently an Associate Professor in the Collaborative Piano Unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Jeanell has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and throughout Australia, and has recorded for the Bavarian Radio Corporation, the ABC and for regional stations in Australia on many occasions. As a member of the Novalis Quartet, Trio Novalis and Richter/Carrigan Duo she performs regularly for Musica Viva and other concert organisations.

She completed a Doctor of Creative Arts, from the University of Wollongong, in the area of Australian post-1970 solo piano repertoire and in May, 2016 released herseventeenth solo compact disc of Australian piano music. Her publications include an annotated guide to Australian solo piano music presently available in its sixth edition, several teaching kits relating to the performance of Australian piano music, nine scholarly editions of piano and chamber music by Australian Women composers and the book -“Composing Against the Tide.” She was the editorial consultant for the AMEB’s publication of Australian Piano Music (Preliminary to 4th grade).

Other music Qualifications: F.T.C.L., L.T.C.L., A.T.C.L., L.Mus.A., A.Mus.A


After completing his BMus at the Melbourne Conservatorium, Paul Rickard-Ford was awarded the Clarke Scholarship to undertake postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, London where he gained the ARCM and the Dannreuther Prize for the most outstanding concerto performance.

He has won many major competitions and awards in Australia, including Commonwealth winner of the 1983 ABC’s Instrumental & Vocal Competition, and in 1984 was invited to perform before HRH the Duchess of Kent in a recital at the residence of the American Ambassador in London. He returned to Australia in 1985 to undertake performing engagements with the ABC and returned to the UK for further study in 1986 as the inaugural David Paul Landa Memorial Scholar. In 1988 he received an “Australia Achiever” award for his achievements in music and was presented with the award by the Prime Minister at a special reception in Sydney during the Bicentennial celebrations.

At the end of 1988 Paul returned to the UK where he gave recitals in London at St. James’s, Piccadilly, Leighton House and a series of recitals at Colnaghi Galleries as well as performing at various festivals throughout England. He remained in London until 1994 when he was appointed as a Lecturer in Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium. He is in demand as a recording artist, recitalist, examiner, adjudicator and master teacher throughout Australia. In 2000 he was invited to givemasterclasses at the Beijing Central Conservatory and the Shanghai Conservatory and gave recitals at the Australian Embassy in Beijing and the Shanghai Concert Hall.

In recent years he has been a frequent performer on ABC Classic FM and has recorded Liszt’s complete “Annees de Pelerinage”, 2 all Schumann recitals, an all Chopin recital and several “Sunday Live” programs, all of which were broadcast nationally. He was a featured performer in the popular “Keyboard Preludes” program on Classic FM in 2007 where he performed and discussed Preludes by Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. Together with his piano duo partner, Natalia Sheludiakova, he has given Australian and World premieres, most notably Carl Vine’s Piano Sonata for Piano Four Hands, a special commission for the SCM’s 101 Compositions project.

In 2008 he was appointed as a Federal Examiner for the AMEB. He tours Asia annually and regularly visits Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul and Hong Kong giving masterclasses for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Paul Rickard-Ford presently serves as Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Piano Unit. He completed his PhD on the late piano works of Schumann in 2010 and was shortlisted by the University of Adelaide for the University Medal.

His students and former students have achieved outstanding success in local, national and international competitions and have been major prizewinners at important competitions in Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Croatia, Russia, Denmark and the UK. In both the 2012 and 2016 Sydney International Piano Competitions his students were awarded Best Australian Pianist. He is a pioneer in the field of professional development for piano teachers and is in demand as a guest lecturer at pedagogy conferences throughout Australia.


Hailing from Coonabarabran in regional NSW, Nathan Cox moved to Sydney in 2014 to begin his studies on harpsichord at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he graduated with first-class honours. Since then, he has forged a career as versatile musician working in a wide range of modes, from mainstage period-instrument ensembles through to an eclectic fully improvised series of micro-shows for Sydney Festival.

He has appeared with many ensembles both Australia and internationally as guest principal harpsichordist and continuo player with Sydney Art Quartet, the Tasmanian, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Nathan also regularly performs with Bach Akademie Australia, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and at the Canberra International Music Festival. Nathan is currently undertaking his doctoral studies at the Sydney Conservatorium, investigating German organ accompaniment practices from the eighteenth century as well as exploring novel applications virtual organ software and its use in mainstream music making.