About the Festival

After the highly successful Festivals in 2012,  2014 and 2016, the 4th Australian Piano Duo Festival be held in Brisbane from October 21 - November 6, 2018.

Our mission is to foster a deeper interest in the repertoire, performance, and teaching of music for piano, four hands and two pianos, in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Our program encompasses music from all periods and styles, including some of the great romantic and contemporary works, premier performances of new compositions by Australian composers, music for pianos and percussion and improvised performances. The masterclasses are aimed at young and tertiary piano students, many of whom will experience for the first time - the shared joy of duo partnership.

We invite you to join us for what promises to be a hugely exciting and entertaining week of piano-duo brilliance in warm, sunny Brisbane, bringing you an irresistible mix of music performed by celebrated and emerging artists.

The Artistic Director of the Australian Piano Duo Festival is Jenni Flemming.

The Patrons of the festival are Max Olding and Pamela Page.

Message from the Artistic Director

Jenni FlemmingThe fourth Australian Piano Duo Festival promises to be a stimulating and exciting Festival in 2018, rich in repertoire from all periods, highlighting interstate guests Daniel Herskovitch, Clemens Leske, Sonya Lifschitz, and Suzanna Hlinka, and inter-generational collaboration.

The launch concert held at St Peter’s Lutheran College on August 24th, brings together a number of our brightest young pianists, our “Shining Stars” with Festival founding members, pianists Brachi Tilles, Anna Grinberg, Angela Turner and myself. The very heart-warming story of Babar the Little Elephant, music by Poulenc, will feature in this fund-raising launch. The concert will also feature music by Mozart and Debussy, who wrote so well for the genre.  

The 2018 festival presents four exciting and diverse concerts at the Queensland Conservatorium Ian Hanger Recital Hall, from October 31 - November 3 and concludes with a lunchtime recital in the Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall on November 6th. 

The opening concert on October 31st features an elegant work by Schumann for two pianos, two celli and horn. Concert 2 for two pianos and percussion features works by Bartok and Reich. Concert 3 celebrates our home-grown composers in an all-Australian concert. The Finale again a fabulous potpourri of two piano music including improvisation, the most talented of our young players and all the guests together to celebrate another wonderful Festival. 

I express my gratitude to Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, the major sponsor for the 2018 Festival, St Peter's College and Radio 4MBS for their generous support, and also to sponsors for the previous Festivals listed in this section of the website. 

I’m thrilled to once again stage this Festival and invite you to join us for the fun and wonderful music making. 

Jenni Flemming
Artistic Director - APDF


The Australian Piano Duo Festival is most grateful for the support of our sponsors for the 2018 Festival and past Festivals: 








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