2014 Adjudicator Pianoforte
Judith was born in Creswick, Victoria and graduated from Melbourne University Conservatorium with a B.Mus(Hons) degree. She continued her study Gordon McKeown for piano and John Ingram for theory and composition. She won many prizes and made national broadcast performances for ABC radio.
Having been awarded the Clarke Scholarship for three years of study at the Royal College of Music, Judith travelled to London. In her final year there, she won the Hopkinson Gold Medal and the Norris Prize. She then studied harpsichord in Siena, Italy, with Ruggiero Gerlin, who had been a pupil and associate of Wanda Landowska for twenty years.
Judith also studied under some of the great pianists and pedagogues of our times, including Kendall Taylor, Lamar Crowson, Nadia Boulanger and Paul Badura-Skoda. Later she was awarded a grant by the Dutch Government for one year of study with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam. Aided by an ability to play a substantial number of Bach’s keyboard works and other repertoire from memory, Judith has given many recitals in England, where she lived for 23 years, and throughout Europe. She broadcast for the BBC and Radio Hilversum. Recital venues included the Universities of Oxford, Durham, Colchester, Leicester, Surrey and London.
Since her return to Australia, concerts have included a performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Camberwell Camerata and several solo piano recitals including two at the Castlemaine Festival.
Judith taught at the Victorian College of the Arts and at other tertiary institutions, and became an AMEB examiner in 1985 as well as being an assessor for VCAA. She has adjudicated at more than sixty eisteddfodau throughout Australia. She is a current VCE examiner and continues to perform and record.
Judith has recorded the Great B flat Sonata of Schubert, Bach’s English and French Suites, the six Partitas, and is currently recording more J.S. Bach keyboard works, and other repertoire. Judith’s latest release - Six English Suites - Johann Sebastian Bach
Heather was born and educated in Geelong, achieving her AMUSA with Margaret Hair. She later studied piano with Stephen McIntyre at the Victorian College of the Arts, and with Ronald Farren-Price at the University of Melbourne where she was awarded the LMUSA diploma and the BMUS degree. She has had numerous successes in Eisteddfods and competitions, and has performed as concerto soloist with various symphony orchestras throughout Victoria. She has also recorded for radio 3MBS.
Heather furthered her post-graduate studies in London at the Guildhall School of Music (with Joan Havill), the Royal Academy of Music (with Ruth Nye), and the Royal College of Music (where she was awarded the Associate Diploma in Piano Performance). In Europe she performed at the “International Centre for Chamber Music and Performance” in Croatia. In 2003 Heather taught piano at the “Pan Pacific Music Camp” in Sydney. Heather has given solo recitals throughout Victoria & Tasmania, and is also an active chamber musician, accompanist, teacher and adjudicator. Heather has worked as repetiteur on a variety of musical productions including The Mikado, Iolanthe, Oliver, The Sound of Music, Barnum, Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Music Man. Heather has taught Piano in many of Victoria’s major private schools, including Geelong Grammar School and Scotch College. Heather is currently working as a piano teacher and accompanist at Korowa Anglican Girls’ School, and in her private studio. She is enjoying her new role as Vice President of the VMTA.