Piano Teachers Festival Presenter Information




Bernadette Harvey Born in Australia, Bernadette Harvey is an acclaimed soloist and chamber Musician, currently a senior lecturer of piano and piano pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her career as a pianist began when she won her first medal in the Sydney Eisteddfod at just 2 years of age. She went on to win the ABC Young Performer of the Year (1987) playing in recitals and as soloist with all major Australian Symphony Orchestras. In 2000 she was awarded the Centenary Medal for her contributions to Australian music, and with her brother, Michael Kieran Harvey, she received the Australian Music Centre’s award for the Promotion of Australian Music and the Best Performance of an Australian Composition as a member of the duo-piano Australian Virtuosi (2001)

Following early studies in Australia, Harvey travelled to Canada, England and France, studying with Fanny Waterman, Cecile Ousset, and with Dr Nelita True in America, graduating with a Masters and Doctorate of Musical Arts from Eastman School of Music (Rochester, New York). Harvey then taught at the New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music in Boston at Cambridge, Massachusetts. Returning to Australia in 1997, she accepted the Artistic Directorship of the Australian Women’s Music Festival, presenting the work of 83 Australian women composers.

Harvey’s recent chamber music appearances include the 2017 Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival (USA) where she has performed annually since 2009. Harvey also plays regularly as a Musica Viva artist and in solo recitals in America.

Harvey is committed to ongoing commissioning, recording and performing a program of new large-scale Australian works for the solo piano entitled The Sonata Project. To safeguard a vibrant future for pianists, Harvey is also currently researching injury preventive keyboard techniques to enable her wide circle of students to maintain prosperous and injury-free careers.


Inge Rosar completed her studies at Hochschule für Musik in Saarbrücken, studying with Prof. Walter Blankenheim. She won awards at numerous competitions, including the 1st prize at the Bach competition, Paris.

She performed recitals with solo, chamber music and song works in Europe, Russia, USA, Argentina, South Korea and Australia, and has given masterclasses and held lectures in Universities and Conservatoriums in Europe, USA, Russia, South Korea and Australia. Since 2007 she performed only music by J.S. Bach.

In 1992, together with Prof. Walter Blankenheim, Inge organised the first International Piano Competition J. S. Bach, Würzburg (which previously took place in Saarbrücken). From 1998, she is a member of the Jury and from 2007 the Artistic Director, Administrator and Chair of the Jury.

From 2001, Inge is a Professor of Piano and Methodology at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg, Germany. In January 2012, her text: Problems and chance. Performing the Keyboard Works of J. S. Bach on the Modern Piano appeared in the book The Pianist’s Craft. Mastering the works of great composers (published by Scarecrow Press in the USA).

Inge Rosar is currently recording Bach’s keyboard works, with 6 CDs already released.
Together with Dr Kirill Monorosi they are preparing a new interpretive edition of the keyboard works of J.S. Bach. The ideas that form the basis for the performance suggestions in the new edition will be discussed during the Bach courses. The publication of the French Suite N° 1 and the Two-part Inventions are printed through La folia Music Publications, Sydney.


Dr Bronwen Ackermann is a specialist musicians' physiotherapist, musculoskeletal anatomist and musicians' health researcher at the University of Sydney. Her interest in performing arts health grew as a result of working with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 1995, going on to work on improving occupational health as well as developing best-practice injury prevention and management strategies with all the major Australian Orchestras, as well as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She received a Churchill fellowship in 2002 allowing her to spend time with international colleagues involved in both research and clinical work in the field of music medicine. She completed her PhD in 2003 looking at physiotherapy mangement of performance-related musculoskeletal injuries in violinists, and joined academia in 2006, where she has lectured in physiotherapy and functional musculoskeletal anatomy.She continues to conduct research into musicians' health focussing on performance-related injury prevention, performance-related injury assessment and management, optimising performance through enhancing physical and pscyhological well-being, and understanding the anatomical, physiological and biomechanical mechanisms underpinning musical performance.

She has run several large prestigious national musicians health projects including an ARC linkage grant investigation developing evidence-based guidelines for best management of occupational injuries occurring in musicians(‘Sound Practice’), and an ALTC national music health curriculum initiative in collaboration with colleague Associate Professor Suzanne Wijsman from the University of Western Australia (‘Sound Performers’). She is a High Performance Consultant at the Australian National Academy of Music, guiding the education and implementation of their innovative and ground-breaking Musicians' Health program. She was the inaugural president of the Australian Society for Performing Arts healthcare and is the Chair of the International Liaison Committee and the Education Committee of the USA based Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). She has presented nationally and internationally to many orchestras, health professionals and music organisations about evidence-based principles of injury prevention and management for musicians and clinically applied anatomy. She is the Director of the research group Sound Practice: Australian Musicians Health in Performance working with associate directors Professor Tim Driscoll, Professor Dianna Kenny and Dr Mark Halaki on testing and implementing evidence-based solutions for musicians' health issues.


Erica Booker graduated in both teaching and performing from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Sydney Teachers' College, with the Diploma of Special Music Education, DSCM Performer’s and Teacher’s in Piano and was awarded the Shadforth-Hooper Memorial Recitalist Prize. She is a Fellow of the Collegiate of Specialist Music Educators, has the Diploma of Suzuki Talent Education and is a Suzuki Piano Teacher Trainer. Erica studied piano with Igor Hmelnitsky and Alexander Sverjensky, gave solo, ensemble and concerto performances, both live and on radio, and adjudicated vocal, instrumental and speech sections at city and country eisteddfods, exhibitions and competitions.

Erica has taught Piano at Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Class Music in state and private schools, from K to 12. During her 15 years at Ravenswood Gordon, she was also an accompanist, piano teacher, Chapel organist, and Director of the Senior and Staff Choirs.

Since 1979 Erica has taught piano, lectured, performed and given master classes at Conferences and Workshops in Australia and overseas following the Suzuki Method. She teaches a large studio of students from age 3 to Licentiate and beyond.

Ten years ago Erica began her quest for a piano with a smaller keyboard. Ara Vartoukian, Theme and Variations, suggested a rebuilt piano with a smaller Kluger keyboard. Soon after, Erica read about David Steinbuhler in USA, and met and joined with two colleagues, Dr Carol Leone, SMU Dallas Texas and Rhonda Boyle Melbourne, in advocating internationally the use of smaller piano keyboards. They are founders of the FaceBook page, PASK (Pianists for Alternatively Sized Keyboards) and Rhonda has founded www.paskpiano.org and www.smallpianokeyboards.org. Erica’s home studio contains four pianos, each with different sized keyboards- perhaps unique in the world. They are:
1. Charles Walter upright with an inbuilt DS.5.5 inch octave keyboard.
2. Kawai GM12 small keyboard model with a 6.00 inch octave (I have the first one made, and there are only 3 in the world to my knowledge)
3. Steinway Model M with a Kluger 6.25 inch octave keyboard
4. Kawai GS50 with a ‘conventional’ 6.5 inch octave keyboard.


Founder of the Australian Yoga and Music Academy (AYAMA), Anna Carson enjoys a varied career as a pianist, pedagogue, and yoga teacher. After graduating from the University of Queensland as a student of Max Olding, Anna continued her studies at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.

Anna has performed as soloist with The Queensland Orchestra, The Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria and continues to present concerts throughout Australia.

In 2012, Anna completed her initial yoga teacher training at the Australian Yoga Academy and has subsequently attended many short courses with teachers from varied physical disciplines. Drawing on her combined knowledge, Anna has taught ‘Yoga for Musicians’ classes at the AYAMA studio, Queensland Conservatorium, Monash University, the Australian National Academy of Music and the 2015 Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference.


Gian-Franco held a permanent position as Lecturer in Piano at the University of Newcastle from 1996 to 2016 and was Senior Lecturer in Piano at the University of Auckland in 2009. He has had extensive experience teaching tertiary level piano at various institutions in Australia, the United States and Europe as well as designing and delivering courses in Functional Piano Techniques and Piano Pedagogy.

Born in South America to a musical family, Gian-Franco studied in the United States with many noted pianists including, Béla Síki and Theodore Lettvin and also worked on occasions with Abbey Simon and Leon Fleisher. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, a Masters degree in Piano Performance from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD from the University of Newcastle (Australia).

Dr. Ricci has appeared as recitalist and in ensemble in the United States, Europe and Australia. He has broadcast live for PBS public radio in the United States as well as the ABC in Australia. His recordings include the world premiere of Yusef Lateef’s Piano Sonata on Atlantic Records, and the complete Schubert Sonatinas with Ruggiero Ricci (Violin) on the Ricci Collection label.

Currently Dr. Ricci teaches in the Rising Stars Program at the SCM and runs a busy home studio in North Sydney. He examines regularly for the AMEB as a diploma examiner and is regularly called upon to adjudicate in the Sydney, Ryde and St George Eisteddfods and in other regional competitions.
Dr Ricci is currently designing a fully online pedagogy course which he is developing in collaboration with Avondale College.


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.


Australian born pianist Natalia Ricci, enjoys a successful career as chamber musician, soloist and teacher, having performed and recorded internationally over the past 40 years in the USA, Canada, Australasia and throughout Europe. Natalia has made many recordings for the BBC, ABC, Canadian, Italian, Norwegian and New Zealand national radios and has also appeared in live concert telecasts in Italy, Norway, Spain and Australia.

Natalia received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati, USA and her Masters of Music from RNCM in the UK. Her most influential teachers over the years have been the Hungarian pianists/pedagogues Bela Siki and Gyorgy Sebok, the Czech pianist Jiri Hlinka, and the Russian pianists Sulamita Aronovsky and Tatiana Nikolayeva.Natalia joined the permanent staff of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1999. In 2009 she took up the position of Senior Lecturer in Piano at the University of Auckland, NZ. before returning to the Piano Unit of the Sydney Conservatorium. She has been Coordinator for the Chamber Music program at SCM, is the Coordinator for the Piano Division of the Open Academy and teaches in the Rising Stars program as well as the Conservatorium High School.

Natalia is a sought-after teacher whose students enjoy many successes in competitions at local, national and international level including in 2017/18, Steps to Mastery,the International Piano Competition for Young Artists, St Petersburg, Russia, the Pearl River Kayserburg International Youth Piano Competition in China, the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Brisbane and the Val de Travers International Piano Competition, Switzerland. She is also frequently invited to adjudicate in local and international piano competitions such as the Sydney Eisteddfod, Southern Highland International Piano Competition, the pre-selection panel for the 2017 Vlassenko Competition , the ABC Young Performers Awards and the Chopin Wawel Piano Competition in Krakow in 2019.


TIMOTHY YOUNG is Head of Piano and Chamber Music at the Australian Academy of Music and performs regularly in recital as a soloist and in partnership with leading Australian and international musicians and ensembles. He studied at the University of Melbourne with Ronald Farren-Price and Mack Jost before completing his Diploma with distinction from the Nicolò Paganini Conservatorium in Genova, Italy, under the direction of Lidia Baldecchi-Arcuri and Massimiliano Damerini. During this period he was winner of the Premio Kawai-Tortona, the Palma d’Oro- Finale Ligure and in Trio the 1st Chamber Music Competition of Liguria. He was also an assistant teacher at the Paganini Conservatorium.

In recent years Timothy has toured Australia with violinist Ray Chen for Musica Viva, performed with the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Brass Quintet, The Sculthorpe Wind Quintet, The Australia Ensemble, the ANAM Orchestra and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. In 2017 he performed the solo of Messiaen’s epic Turangalila Symphony to great critical acclaim with the Australian World Orchestra with Simone Young conducting. Frequent festival appearances include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Huntington Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, the Novi Sad Music Summer Festival in Serbia, the Kotor Arts International Festival in Montenegro and the opening recital at the Capraia Festival of Music in Italy.

Timothy’s internationally acclaimed discography for the Melba and Tall Poppies labels include solo recitals and collaborations with Ensemble Liaison, violist Roger Benedict, violinist Ray Chen, cellist David Pereira and soprano Cheryl Barker. His most recent release is the complete works of Percy Grainger for two pianos with Penelope Thwaites for the Heritage label UK.