Introducing Brieley Cutting, NECOM’s First Teacher of Piano

NECOM is delighted to announce that piano will now be offered as a musical discipline at the Conservatorium starting from Term Four 2018, and heading the new program will be Dr Brieley Cutting.

Born in 1983, Ms Cutting grew up on a farm close to Lismore in New South Wales. She graduated from her undergraduate degree with first class honours from the Queensland Conservatorium in 2001, winning the esteemed Brisbane Club Award and making her concerto soloist debut with the Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra playing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1. Ms Cutting continued her studies at the Australian National Academy of Music for several years where she was twice a winner in the Australian National Academy of Music’s concerto competition and participated in the International Festival Musici Artis in Brussels and the Salzburg Festival. Ms Cutting has also been awarded a Master of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium, a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with distinction from the Royal College of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Griffith University which she received in 2017. Her principal mentors have been Pamela Page, Oleg Stepanov, Timothy Young, Rita Reichman, Natasha Vlassenko and Stephen Emmerson.

Dr Brieley Cutting is an experienced piano teacher, director of concert events, and concert pianist who now primarily performs as a collaborative pianist. Concert appearances for 2018 include those with ensembles such as Artico Ensemble, Topology, and Australia Piano Quartet, and with musicians including Judit Molnar (soprano), Orest Smovzh (violin), and Liam Viney (piano). Throughout her undergraduate and graduate studies she was a recipient of numerous awards, including those from the Australian Music Foundation, Tait Memorial Trust, and Griffith University. As a soloist, Ms Cutting has been a competition prize-winner (Kerikeri Piano Competition in New Zealand 2010, second prize; Symphony Australia ABC Young Performers Awards 2006, keyboard winner), and critical appraisal has lauded her playing for its “myriad of different colours” (Auckland Scoop, New Zealand), “technical expertise” (The Age, Melbourne), and for being “technically assured with excellent control” and “expressive” (Courier Mail, Brisbane). Brieley is an artist whose performances have been aired by the national broadcaster, ABC Classic FM; as a concerto soloist she has performed with orchestras such as the Melbourne, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras.

Ms Cutting’s performance focus on chamber music has led to the release of four chamber music albums. In 2014, she and three colleagues released a transcribed version for four pianists of Mahler’s Symphony No.2 ‘The Resurrection’ for Melba Recordings.

The Armidale community welcomes another preeminent teacher to the New England Conservatorium of Music and looks forward to seeing growth in not only the keyboard department, but also in Chamber Music and small ensembles. Brieley is “excited about moving back to a large regional area where the Arts are so well supported”, and is honoured to be heading up NECOM’s first piano program.