Joanna MacGregor is a regular solo artist at the BBC Proms and made her debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival in Lincoln Center, New York in 2012. Known for her interpretations of Bach, 2013 she was invited by Sir John Eliot Gardner to perform the Goldberg Variations at the Royal Albert Hall, broadcast live. The current season includes performances in Europe, Japan, China and the USA. In early 2017 Joanna MacGregor will be recording the complete Chopin Mazurkas and perform them in concert at the Wigmore Hall in May.

Joanna MacGregor made her conducting debut in 2002 and has solo-directed concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata and the Hallé and has enjoyed a close artistic partnership with Britten Sinfonia for more than fifteen years. Amongst the many and varied artists with whom she has collaborated are the operatic soprano Carolyn Sampson, the cellist Adrian Brendel, Brian Eno, folk artist Kathryn Tickell, and jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard. She is currently creating a new ballet with the celebrated choreographer Kim Brandstrup and cultural historian Marina Warner.

Multimedia is of great interest to Joanna MacGregor, and in 2003 she toured China with Crossborder; created with Jin Xing’s Contemporary Dance Theatre of Shanghai, it combined Chinese traditional music with computer technology and film.

Joanna MacGregor directed the multi-arts festival Deloitte Ignite 2010 at the Royal Opera House which included many new art commissions, including a year-long installation by the remarkable artist Alice Anderson. She was Artistic Director of the Bath International Music Festival 2006-2012 and curated the multi-arts Deloitte Ignite Festival at the Royal Opera House in 2010, as well as Aventures, an orchestral series for Luxembourg Philharmonie, 2012-13.  For Bath Festival in 2007, she curated the installation On The Edge of Life, a multimedia collaboration between paediatricians, artists and musicians, examining premature birth. This became an annual event, and in 2008 the series examined the impact of homelessness and in 2009 child human rights through the prism of fairytales with Marina Warner.

Joanna MacGregor is one of the world’s most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator, and collaborator. Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of the University of London, Joanna MacGregor is also the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School & Festival.


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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.

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