Shaun Brown and Liam Viney present two of the great German song cycles. Beethoven was ever the innovator, and An die ferne Geliebte is credited as the first-ever-conceived song cycle, where each song is related by theme or narrative to form a cohesive whole. In these six songs (To the Distant Beloved) a solitary young man contemplates unrequited and absent love through the prism of nature, yearning for the object of his affection. Schumann’s cycle is more psychologically complex. The reflective relationship between the beauty of nature and the beauty of love in the opening song is short lived. The love affair is quite doomed, and the poet sings of regret, pleading, reconciliation, forgiveness. By the conclusion, the poet loses hope, and commits to drowning his sorry dreams of love in a coffin deep in the sea.

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Shaun Brown

Shaun is an Australian baritone, holding various musical degrees and being the winner of numerous prominent competitions.

He has worked and studied in England, Germany, Italy and the United States of America where he completed is Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas in 2019.

His professional operatic repertoire includes the major baritone roles in Così fan tutte, La fanciulla del West, The Merry Widow, Billy Budd, Don Giovanni, Otello, Rigoletto, La bohème, L’elisir d’amore, Carmen, Le nozze di Figaro, Romeo et Juliette and Die Fledermaus.

Internationally, Shaun has sung in Opéra de Lyon’s production of The Linderbergh Flight at the New Zealand International Arts Festival and has performed in New York at the Center for Contemporary Opera. He has also appeared to acclaim as a soloist in concert repertoire including Britten’s War Requiem, Brahm’s Ein deutsches Requiem, The Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, and Elijah.

Shaun holds the position of Voice Performance Fellow at the University of Queensland, School of Music.


Liam Viney

Professor Liam Viney is the Head of School at the School of Music, University of Queensland. He is active as a solo pianist, collaborative pianist, pedagogue, and academic, with an international performance, teaching and research profile.
As a solo performer Liam has collaborated with international and domestic symphony orchestras, in concertos ranging from those of Mozart and Beethoven to Prokofiev and Ligeti. He is a member of two ensembles in residence at the University of Queensland – White Halo Ensemble (a piano quartet), and the Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo. Each group explores existing bodies of literature while also commissioning numerous new works.

Through his piano duo, he is a leading authority on Australian duo piano music, with a focus on the collaborative creation of new musical practice and thought. His approach involves producing new artistic works while also translating artistic practice and musical thinking into scholarly contexts. He has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works for piano, two pianos, and chamber ensembles from composers in Australia and the United States with funding from sources such as the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Fromm Foundation, Harvard.`

After completing his Doctorate at Yale University, studying with Boris Berman, Liam joined the keyboard faculty of California Institute of the Arts, and spent a further five years building a teaching and performing career in the United States. He has won major piano awards and competitions in both Australia and the United States, including First Prize in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and First Prize in the Yamaha Australian Piano Competition, the prize for which was a grand piano.
In recent years his work has been nominated for Australian Music Centre/APRA Awards for Excellence. Liam has been featured on six commercial CDs on labels such as ABC Classics, Tall Poppies, and Innova (USA). 

About 2021 Live from UQ

The School of Music is proud to present a series of virtual and in-person concerts involving our performance and academic staff together with current and past UQ students, ensembles in residence, and affiliate ensembles . If you would like to receive regular updates on School of Music events, consider signing up to our Friends of Music Newsletter.

We are excited to offer this - and all livestreamed concerts - to our entire community free of charge. However, we hope you will consider making a gift to the Friends of Music Scholarship Fund, which supports our student musicians.

In 2021 the Live from UQ series will seat a total of 60 live audience members and will be livestreamed through our YouTube and social media platforms. Audiences must register to attend concerts in-person. 

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