Piers Lane – our Patron

Pianist Piers Lane possesses a vast repertory of solo, chamber, and concertante works, which he has performed in more than 40 countries and on over 50 recordings. While he plays many standards by MozartBeethovenChopin, and Rachmaninov, he is unafraid to perform works by little-known composers. He has made numerous recordings in the Romantic Concerto Series for the Hyperion label, performing concertos by the likes of StanfordParrySindingAlexander Dreyschock, and other neglected composers. Besides Hyperion, Lane has recorded for EMI, Danacord, Chandos, and other major labels.

Lane was born in London on January 8, 1958, and was raised in Brisbane, Australia. His parents were both pianists, and young Piers showed rare talent early on. At age 12, he gave a broadcast recital over Australia’s ABC Radio. Lane studied piano at the Brisbane Conservatorium with Nancy Weir. In 1977, he entered the Sydney International Piano Competition, and while he did not finish among he top prize-winners, he was named Best Australian Pianist. He later studied with Bela Siki at the University of Washington, and at London’s Royal College of Music, where his teachers included Yonty Solomon and Kendall Taylor. While making London his home, Lane steadily built his career in the 1980s. The Royal Overseas League named him Outstanding Musician of the Year in 1982. He made an acclaimed tour of Latin America in 1989, and that same year became professor of piano at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music.

His tendency to take risks has spilled over even into major concert appearances: at his 1991 Wigmore Hall recital, he performed two Schnittke works, Variations on a Chord and Improvisations and Fugue, and at his 2006 appearance at Lincoln Center with the American Symphony Orchestra, Lane played the lengthy and rarely heard Bliss Piano Concerto. In the chamber realm, Lane has regularly collaborated with violinist Tasmin Little, cellist Alexander Baillie, and clarinetist Michael Collins. Lane made numerous major concert tours throughout the 1990s as his recordings were also drawing notice, like the complete Scriabin etudes (1993) and the complete Saint-Saëns etudes (1998), both on Hyperion. Lane made over 100 appearances on BBC Radio 3, most notably as the presenter and writer of the ambitious 54-part broadcast series The Piano.

In the new century, Lane has continued apace with successful major debuts and recordings. His 2004 debut at Lincoln Center led to his acclaimed return concert in 2006 with the Bliss concerto. In 2007, Lane accepted the post of artistic director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, holding this position until 2017. He served in the same capacity for the Myra Hess Day celebrations at London’s National Gallery from 2006 until 2013. At the 2009 events, he performed music by BeethovenSchubertBrahms, and other composers as actress Patricia Routledge portrayed Hess in a theater work devised by Hess‘ great-nephew, Nigel Hess. The event was so successful that further performances by Lane and Routledge were given throughout England and Europe. Lane was named the artistic director of the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2016. In 2020, he released several albums, including Hyperion’s 81st volume of the Romantic Concerto Series, and he accompanied Little on Chandos’ third volume in the British Violin Sonatas Series.

Tait Memorial Recitals with a Qld Connection

Concert series for young Australian performers

The concert is part of the Tait Memorial Trust’s Tuesdays at Home series. It goes online on the 4th August at 9pm but you can also just watch it anytime after this date for six months. The programme is Beethoven Romance No. 1 in G Op. 40, Raff Cavatina, Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 8 in G and Bartok Romanian Folk Dances Nos. 5 and 6. Here is the link for more information and tickets: https://www.taitmemorialtrust.org/product/celebrating-beethoven-250-august-4th/

You may like to revisit a Concert given for the Tait Trust in May by Brisbane’s own Courtenay Cleary on Violin, with pianist Kathy Sander and clarinettist Dr Phillipa Robinson – featuring the haunting Amy Beach Romance, Bach Adagio and Fugue from Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV1001,Mozart Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat Major, KV454, Arthur Benjamin Sonatina for Violin and Piano


Tait Tuesdays at Home Concerts Box Office

In support of the Tait Emergency Relief Fund for Australian & New Zealand Artists, we are sharing performances online to you in your home not only to our supporters here in the U.K., but also for our many supporters in Australia and New Zealand. 

Tait Awardees and other young musicians are giving lockdown streaming concert performances from their home to yours in our concert series called TAIT TUESDAYS AT HOME.

Purchase a ticket here on the website and receive a link to the streaming premiere of the concert, or enjoy it any time, as many times as you like, over the following six months from the comfort and safety of your home.https://cafdonate.cafonline.org//Widget/13603?fix=0

I Lost My Gig!

Members who are concerned about loss of income through performing events, concerts, and gigs that have been cancelled due to COVID-19 may be interested in this link. You can join the ranks of musicians and performers and add your lost income to the equation of loss…being sent through to the government.

It does sometimes appear that the people running the country have no idea how many people are involved in self-employment, and sole trading in the music profession – let the associate artists join in and add their names to the list.


Queensland Accompanist’s Guild 25th Anniversary Dinner

The Guild’s 25th anniversary dinner will take place at Victoria’s Room, Hilton Brisbane on Friday 15 November, starting with canapés at 6.30 and dinner at 7PM. Philip Mayers has very kindly agreed to be our guest speaker on the evening.
The tickets for Guild members are $51, with the Guild sponsoring each member to the tune of $20. Additional tickets for guests are $71. Cash bar is available for drink purchases.
Payment no later than 25th October to  BSB: 034061, acc:144185 using your name as a reference.
RSVP by 31 October to secretaryagq@gmail.com

The inaugural “David Miller Award”


david_millerThis year the Accompanists’ Guild of NSW will be holding the inaugural “David Miller Award” to be held on the 29th and 30th September at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Last year David stepped down as President of the guild and we thought it fitting to honour his achievements and services to Accompaniment by setting up this competition, which we plan to run bi-annually.
Please find the details and entry form for the competition attached to this blog page,

David Miller Award Information

Award Final Form

Workshop with Chen Yang

Improve your string accompanying skills in a workshop with Chen Yang

When: Saturday 26 May, 2PM

Where: MTAQ, Suite 26, on level one of the Taringa Centre, 200 Moggill Road, Taringa.

Tickets available at the door. Cost $15 or pensioner or student concession $10

Participants, to secure your place for this very informative event

Please contact AGQ Secretary, Ms Barbara Clifford  on secretaryagq@gmail.com


A little about Chen…

Come along and enjoy this masterclass on working with string players –  Chen is one of Brisbane’s most dynamic and experienced performers, teacher and mentor, as well as an enigmatic conductor…….

Chen Yang has had a long association with Queensland Youth Orchestra, having first joined as a violinist in 1975 and was concertmaster of QYS from 1978 to 1980, touring with the orchestra in 1980 to Europe, including the International Festival of Youth Orchestras in Aberdeen, Scotland. Attributing these positive QYO musical experiences as a major influence in choosing music as a career, Chen studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and graduated with distinction in violin performance.

As his first professional musical undertaking, Chen was the Concertmaster of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra (later renamed the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra), working under the distinguished Maestro, Georg Tintner. In 1981 Chen joined the Queensland Symphony Orchestra where he played in the first violin section until 1989.

Deciding on a change, Chen spent the next spent two years as musician-in-residence on Dunk Island Holiday Resort in North Queensland where he led a string quartet and performed as a cabaret violins. He continued as a freelance musician throughout the early 1990s, performing in show orchestras for many major musical productions at QPAC.

Chen is the leader and conductor of The Sinfonia of St Andrew’s orchestra and is the string teacher and conductor at St Hilda’s School, Southport. He adjudicates regularly for eisteddfods and competitions and is also a prolific arranger of string music for the Junior String Ensemble. Chen was the conductor of QYO3 from 1983 to 1988 and since 1991 has been the conductor of the Junior String Ensemble.


January 30 2017 Newsletter

1 December 2016

Dear fellow accompanists and Guild members,

Welcome to the end-of-the year Guild Newsletter!

As you may already know, at the Annual General Meeting on the 7th of August Regis Danillon stepped down as the Guild’s President after 5 years at the helm and I was elected as the new President. We all thank Regis for his many years of dedication and service to the Guild and his leadership of the hard-working committee. I will continue building on his work promoting the Guild and engaging with the music community.

Since the Annual meeting, the Guild continued its sponsorship of local Eisteddfods, in particular donating prizes to the following recipients:

 Bundaberg Eisteddfod – split award:

o Jacob King 16 – 18 yrs category

o Sarah Chuey – 15 and under category

 Silkstone Eisteddfod –

o 1st Caelan Hamilton, 13 years

o 2nd Oscar Matthews 2nd, 13 years

 Goondiwindi Eisteddfod –

o Sam Jessen

 Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod –

o Tebany Carra

This year we trialled a new initiative – Accompanying Master Class – at both the Queensland Conservatorium (31 August) and the University of Queensland School of Music (14 October). Tertiary students had an opportunity to work with experienced instrumental teachers and learn more about the art of accompanying. Guild promotional materials were also distributed at these events in a recruitment drive to attract new student members.

The wonderful instrument stickers designed by Joanna Gibson have now been printed and will be distributed through AMEB, various youth orchestras and school bands early in the New Year to make the Guild “the place to go to” when looking for an accompanist.

The committee always welcomes innovative ideas from fellow members – please contact us if you have any suggestions for future initiatives and activities.

We have all worked very hard in the last few months accompanying students for AMEB exams, tertiary auditions and examinations. Time now for a well-deserved break over the summer to re-charge our batteries, rest our fingers, clear our heads and get ready for 2017.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Happy accompanying in 2017!

Katie Zhukov,

President Accompanists’ Guild of Queensland.


Please download and print Newsletter January 2017