Dr Brieley Cutting is an Australian pianist. Her playing has been critically praised for its ‘myriad of colours’ and ‘technical expertise’ and her diverse career sees her collaborating with many of Australia's leading ensembles and performers, and combining this with her work as a teacher, lecturer and artistic researcher. Brieley is a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship, graduated with a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Griffith University on scholarship (2017), and is a winner of the keyboard section of the ABC Young Performers Awards (2006), which included live radio and television broadcast of her performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Brieley is currently pianist in Fragments Ensemble and Ensemble Trivium.
Brieley's 2019 performance highlights have included solo performances and collaborative performances with musicians including Alana Blackburn (recorders), Sofia Debus (violin), and Peta Blyth OAM (soprano). She has also performed three programs with Fragments Ensemble in Brisbane (4MBS Festival, Commissariat Store Museum, Queensland Conservatorium), and two programs with Ensemble Trivium in Brisbane, ClassikOn reviewing the most recent: "...the performers clearly enjoyed playing together as an ensemble and showcased virtuosic skill for the challenging repertoire." Brieley also participated for a third year in Clocked Out's The Piano Mill at Stanthorpe.
Performance examples from 2018 include those with Fragments Ensemble which showcased a program of music by Gyorgy Kurtag with accompanying digital art by Istvan Horkay at the Queensland Conservatorium; with the Australia Piano Quartet at the ABC Studios in Sydney, this performance including the Australian premiere performance of Olli Mustonen's 'Piano Quintet' (2015); a tour in regional Queensland with Brisbane group Topology for their show 'Queensland at Home' with music by Rob Davidson; and a collaboration with Liam Viney to perform the world premiere performance of Sean Heim's 'Wind Horse' for piano duo at the Western Sydney University.
Brieley grew up on a farm close to Lismore in New South Wales. She graduated with her undergraduate degree and first class honours from the Queensland Conservatorium at the age of 18 years, in her final year performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra. Brieley was recipient of numerous awards whilst at Griffith University, such as the Brisbane Club Award for solo performance, Basil Jones Sonata Prize for piano and strings, Margaret Nickson Prize for lieder, and Griffith Awards for academic excellence. Brieley studied for four years at the Australian National Academy of Music during which time she participated in the International Festival Musici Artis in Brussels (2002), where she was selected for a solo concerto performance with the Nizchny-Novgorod Philharmonic at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and in the Salzburg Summer Festival (2003), where she was selected for solo performance at the University Mozarteum. During her time at ANAM Brieley was also a winner in the in-house concerto competition, awarded opportunity to perform as concerto soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Brieley has also been awarded a Master of Music in Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with Distinction from the Royal College of Music in London, with thanks to a David Paul Landa Scholarship, Tait Memorial Trust Scholarship and support from the Australian Music Foundation.
As a concerto soloist Brieley has performed with orchestras including the Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland Symphony Orchestras, and as a chamber musician and soloist Brieley has performed for organisations such as Musica Viva and 4MBS, at festivals including the Tyalgum and Bangalow Festivals, has toured with groups such as Topology and Collusion, and she is regularly broadcast on local radio and by the national broadcaster, ABC Classic FM.
From 2011-2015, Brieley volunteered her time to support Australian musicians and music-making in her local area by co-founding the Commercial Road Chamber Music Series (2011-12) which grew into her concert series DeClassified Music (2013-15). Enabled by the then Steinway & Sons piano distributors for Brisbane, her work involved commissioning new works from local composers, working closely with local businesses such as FireWorks Gallery (contemporary indigenous and non-indigenous Australian art), and she performed regularly in the series herself. The DeClassified Music Series attracted significant government funding from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council of the Arts, was awarded a Creative Sparks Award from the Brisbane City Council, and events were featured in two Queensland Music Festivals. Favourable reviews were given from sources such as The Jazz Mann, “The Brisbane audience loved this performance and gave the ensemble a terrific reception – and rightly so…”, and RealTime Arts Magazine, “...a great addition to the Brisbane scene.”
Brieley's performance focus on chamber music has also led to her inclusion in the release of four chamber music albums. Most notably, in 2014 she and three colleagues released a transcribed version for four pianists of Mahler's Symphony No.2 ‘The Resurrection’ for Melba Recordings to rave reviews from sources such as The Guardian, “…shines brilliant new light on this masterpiece,” and The Australian, “…a must-have for every Mahler-buff…4.5 stars.” Other albums have been independent releases from 2013 with Brisbane chamber music groups Collusion Music and Artico Ensemble and they include music from Australian composers, world premiere recordings, and major works such as Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.
Brieley’s principal piano mentors have been Pamela Page (1995-1997), Oleg Stepanov (1998-2001), Timothy Young (2003-2004), Rita Reichman (2005), Natasha Vlassenko (2006-2008), and Ruth Nye (2009). Professor Stephen Emmerson was principal supervisor for her doctoral studies.