Pamela Page

Pamela Page has an enviable reputation as one of Australia’s finest concert pianists. As a child prodigy, she became well-known through concerts and ABC broadcasts. A Cinesound documentary film was made about her at the age of four.

She won many awards in Australia and at age 15, she won a scholarship to study with Kinloch Anderson at Trinity College, London - she was subsequently awarded the Maude Seton Prize for the most outstanding student. Later she was invited by Walter Gieseking to study with him in Saarbrucken.

Pamela was co-winner (with Max Olding) of the inaugural Royal Trust Fund Competition in London, and has given numerous solo and concerto appearances throughout Australia and in Britain, Europe, USA, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Vietnam, Vanuatu and New Zealand.

As an ABC artist, she has performed with all the major orchestras in Australia under many international and national conductors. Her solo repertoire is extensive and includes works from all periods and in all styles.

She and her husband Max Olding are well-known for their recitals and concerto appearances in works for two pianos. Since they were invited to perform for the opening of ABC TV, they have maintained a pre-eminent profile in the field of duo-piano performance in Australia and abroad. In addition to the standard repertoire, several works have been written for them.

In recent years, Pamela’s passion for art has led to an exploration of the phenomenon of synaethesia and the special relationship of colour and music. She is a graduate in fine arts from the Brisbane Institute of Art, and has combined her talents in music and painting through bi-media presentations, in which her large-scale abstract realisations of major works of music are synthesised with her accompanying performance of the works. Such works include Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Liszt’s Piano Sonata and Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit. The University of Queensland also commissioned art works from her for a performance of Handel’s Alexander’s Feast in St. John’s Cathedral. Pamela has exhibited her works in local art galleries.

For many years Pamela was a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Queensland -many of her students now hold senior positions in the tertiary sector and others have won National awards in competitions.

She is a long-standing examiner for the Australian Music Examining Board and in recent times has assisted with the International Program in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and New Zealand as examiner, adjudicator and in seminars for teachers.

Since retiring from full-time duties at the University of Queensland, Pamela now enjoys continuance of her performance career. Pamela was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Queensland in recognition of her distinguished career and significant achievements and service to Queensland and Australia.

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