Stephen Emmerson

Stephen Emmerson studied piano with Pamela Page and viola with Elizabeth Morgan at the University of Queensland. In 1980 he won the national finals of the ABC’s Instrumental and Vocal Competition.  In the following year he was a member of viola section of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra before a Commonwealth Scholarship enabled him to study at New College Oxford.   From there he graduated with a Master of Philosophy in 1983 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1989. During his years in England, he studied piano with Peter Wallfisch and was awarded an ARCM in 1986. He has been on full-time staff at the Queensland Conservatorium since 1987 where he teaches various music literature and performance-related courses, has convened the Doctor of Musical Arts program and is a member of the Conservatorium Research Centre. As a pianist, he maintains a busy performance career and has performed widely in concerts and festivals around Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific.  In addition to solo performances on piano and fortepiano, the focus of his performance career in recent years has been within various chamber ensembles including the Griffith Trio – an Ensemble-In-Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium for over a decade - and Dean–Emmerson–Dean.  Over a dozen of his recordings in collaboration with a variety of performers are available commercially, many of these involving new Australian compositions.  His performances and recordings are broadcast regularly on local and national radio.

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