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                                                                                                                        My bio:

                           Pianist/Keyboards/Composer/Arranger/Accompanist/Teacher/Musical Director/Sessions
            Qualifications: Bachelor of Music degree (B. Mus) Melbourne University; Dip. Media Composition (London);

                                        Member of Teachers Association of Queensland (QMTA - Prof):

                                                          DANCE COMPANY WORK, THEATRE AND EDUCATION

2010-2023     Stage Whispers Magazine reviewer:

2005-2020     Accompanist/Repetiteur for the Queensland Ballet, Queensland University of Technology, RAD and QDSE
2001-2004     Elmhurst Performing Arts School, UK. F/T musician for classical/contemporary/jazz/tap/musical theatre                                 repertoire. Arranger for theatre productions (backing tracks and live music)                                                        1999-2000    Freelance pianist at Rambert Dance Company, Adventures in Motion Pictures, Royal Ballet School, London                             Contemporary Dance School, Central School of Ballet, Laban Centre, Danceworks etc

1996-1999    Company pianist (class and rehearsal) for the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki and the Deutsche                                          Oper Berlin Ballet Company                                                                                                                                         1986-1996   Full-time staff pianist at the Australian Ballet School for classical, contemporary, repertoire and character                                                                     SOLO/HOUSEBAND MUSICIAN IN LIVE VENUES

2007-2013 Marcato Agency pianist/accompanist/keyboards for a variety of gigs and functions, reading/improvisation

1980's       Musical Director/keyboard player for entertainment package on Chandris Line cruiseship ‘Amerikanis’

         -        Cocktail/Bar pianist at the Hotel EuropaischerHof, Hamburg, Germany

         -       Toured the Middle East and Scandinavia with the international showband ‘Smile’
         -       Keyboard player with resident group at the Tiberio Restaurant in Mayfair, London. Was a popular                                           meeting place for famous visiting American stars in those days. It was a pleasure to play in the presence of                           Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Liberace, Raymond Burr etc. .

         -       Keyboard player at 'Chaplins' nightclub in London's West End

         -       Pianist for the Manning Jones Trio, resident houseband at 'Bienvenu' Reception House, Melbourne, Australia

                                                                                THEATRE MUSICIAN

1988-1996   Resident Musical Director, arranger and keyboard player (combining click-track material and live music)                               for each annual production at ‘Hunchbax’ Theatre Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia

         -          Rehearsal pianist and keyboard player for ‘Cats’ at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne
         -          Other shows include ‘Pippin’, starring John Farnham, ‘Irene’, ‘Irma la Douce’ (MD), 'Joseph and the Amazing

                    Technicolour Dreamcoat' (MD), 'Two Gentlemen of Verona', 'Irene', 'Caroline' (MD), 'The Telephone' (Menotti)

                                                          ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS and ARRANGEMENTS (in reverse chronological order)
- Books 1&2 Original Dance Class Music (in a variety of styles); 52 compositions (more pending)
               - Music, lyrics and arrangements for an original musical ‘Doubled Up’ (incomplete)
               - Music, lyrics and arrangements for the show ‘The Prophecies and Stunts of Nostradamus’ for Hunchbax Theatre                  Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia
              - Piano solo arrangement for the ballet ‘Cinderella’ adapted from the orchestral score of Rossini’s opera
              - Composed the music for the contemporary ballet ‘The Gospel According to Crow’ inspired by the poetry of Ted                      Hughes and choreographed by Scott Ambler
              - Musical score for an original musical written in collaboration with Ray Lee, ‘Povorello’
              - Composed, orchestrated and conducted ‘The Prodigal Son’, a rock-opera starring Australian stage and recording                  star John Farnham (thesis for final year at university). Lyrics by Ray Lee. See attached excerpts from a live                              performance (hence limited sound quality)
                Original score for the documentary film ‘Six Wheels North’
             - Composed a set of melodic rock music for modem church services at St Pauls Cathedral, Melbourne
             - Selection of arranged and recorded media music, piano compositions, songs and dance class music                                                                                                     
             - Piano/keyboards on the original cast recordings of shows ‘Pippin’, ‘Caroline’ and ‘Fetch Me a Figleaf’
             - Pianist in scenes from the Australian movie ‘Bushfire Moon’, starring Bill Kerr
             -Yemenite musician in ‘King David’, a biblical epic starring Richard Gere                                                                                                                                        
            - Victorian Exhibition in music theory (highest mark)
            - Bachelor of Music Degree
            - Diploma in Media Composition (‘Music for the Media’, London)
            - Member of the Queensland Music Teachers' Association (Prof) Website:

Three excerpts from a live performance of original composition

The Prodigal Son with John Farnham and Kerry Lee

music project program
Elton John, Adele, 'Somewhere Out There', 'Frozen'
00:00 / 04:09
Jazz medley & improvisation 'La La Land' 128 bars
00:00 / 04:30
Debussy's 'Clair de Lune'
00:00 / 04:49
Funky & solo 'Easier Said Than Done' 32 bars
00:00 / 01:42
Brian's Boogie Blues & Musicals medley 64 bars
00:00 / 02:16
Bach's Italian Concerto 32 bars (excerpt)
00:00 / 00:59
'Blue Moon' bluesy improvisation 32 bars
00:00 / 02:15
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