Max Olding AM is one of Australia’s most distinguished musicians. He has performed in Australia, UK, USA, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea and Vanuatu as pianist, duo-pianist and/or conductor, and has given many masterclasses and seminars nationally and internationally.

In addition, Max Olding has worked in collaboration with many international artists (including his wife Pamela Page, son Dene Olding and daughter-in-law Irina Morozova) in recitals, chamber music ensembles and concertos. As concerto soloist he has given several first performances in Australia. He has also recorded with his wife and son.

He has held senior teaching and administrative positions in the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer in Piano, Queensland University of Technology (Acting Head and Senior Lecturer), and City University of New York (Visiting Professor). He began his tertiary teaching career at the Melbourne University Conservatorium.
He has a lone list of student successes to his credit at both national and international levels.

He has had a long association with the Australian Music Examinations Board and is currently a Federal Examiner, as well as Deputy Chair and Principal Examiner (Instrumental) in Queensland.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and a Member of the Order of Australia - AM - in recognition of his services to music and to music education. Max was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Queensland in recognition of his distinguished career and significant achievements and service to Queensland and Australia.



About Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference 2019


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This biannual conference returns to Queensland after recently coming to the regional centre of Toowoomba in 2013. The 2019 Conference will be hosted by the School of Music, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, and will bring together pianists, studio teachers, students, scholars, piano enthusiasts and composers from across Australia and beyond.

The Organising Committee is delighted to announce our keynote speakers and performers: Professor Joanna MacGregor (Head of Piano, Royal Academy of Music, London), John Bloomfield (Golandsky Institute, New York), Professor Neal Peres da Costa (The University of Sydney), Dr Erin Helyard (The University of Melbourne), Dr Liam Viney and Dr Anna Grinberg (The University of Queensland), Mr Phillip Keveren (USA) and Emeritus Professor David Lockett (The University of Adelaide).

The 2019 conference focus is Variations on a theme: The portfolio piano teacher. The keynote speakers and session presenters will discuss a vast array of topics related to knowledge and skills needed for 21st century piano teaching. New Australian compositions will be premiered during the conference, including the winning compositions of the APPC 2019 Young Composer Competition.

Kawai is generously supporting the conference once again by supplying all the pianos. Hal Leonard will be delivering their very popular Solutions Stream of events. The School of Music, University of Queensland, is kindly providing access to its facilities, performance staff and promotional support.

We wish to thank Piers Lane AO for his continuing patronage of APPC Conferences and offer our special gratitude to Max Olding and Pamela Page for their patronage of the 2019 APPC Conference.

You will be able to follow developments through this website and other media such as Facebook. We hope you will use social media to spread the word and encourage colleagues to attend.


Advanced Engineering Building, St. Lucia Campus, The University of Queensland