John Bloomfield (Golandsky Institute USA) returns to Australia in 2019 for the fourth time, this time as Keynote Speaker for the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference. Following the conference's completion, he will be presenting a workshop Saturday July 13 at the Nickson Room, University of Queensland.  Golandsky Institute Master faculty Robert Durso and Mary Moran (USA) will present online, and Therese Milanovic (Master Faculty, AUS) will also give lectures and take smaller hands-on workshops with Mr Bloomfield.

NB All participants will have unlimited access to the lectures online, which will be made available after the workshop weekend. You can watch the material as often as you need. 

There will be a 50% discount for UQ staff and students, please contact Liam Viney or Anna Grinberg for the code.



John Bloomfield is a Ken­tucky native and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Furman University in Greenville, S.C. An award-winning solo and chamber pianist, he has been broadcast by Public Radio in New England and has been heard on the air in New York under the auspices of Ars Viva. He earned a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and since then has been a long-term student of Dorothy Taubman and Edna Go­landsky. He has taught at Adelphi University and in the pre-college division of the Manhattan School of Music. In demand as a clinician and adjudicator around the country, he has lectured at a number of colleges and universities. He was invited several times to teach in Taiwan and has been a featured presenter at the Breckenridge Music Institute, state MTA conventions, and the MTNA Conventions in 2005, 2009, and 2014. He was the keynote speaker at the 2007 MTA convention in California. He was guest artist at the University of Alabama in 2013. He traveled to Australia in 2014 to teach and present lectures on the Taubman Approach. Mr. Bloomfield maintains a studio in New York City, where he is also a performance associ­ate at Hunter College and an adjunct instructor at Queens College. He travels regularly to Portland, Atlanta, and the San Francisco Bay Area to con­sult and give lessons. He is a co-founder and senior director of the Golandsky Institute, which he also serves as faculty chair.

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.


Zelman Cowen Building, St. Lucia Campus, The University of Queensland
Nickson Room