Dr Brieley Cutting is an Australian pianist who grew up on a farm just outside Lismore in regional New South Wales. 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, her 2018 performances including numerous appearances with Ensemble Trivium and Fragments Ensemble in Brisbane. Throughout her career, she has combined her performance career with her work as a piano teacher, academic lecturer, accompanist, artistic director, and artistic researcher.
Brieley has been a winner of major piano competitions, including being Keyboard Winner of the Symphony Australia ABC Young Performers Awards - performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 in the televised Grand Final - and receiving second prize in the Kerikeri Piano Competition in New Zealand. Brieley is also a Churchill Fellow, and has performed as concerto soloist with orchestras including the Melbourne Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, and Nizchny-Novgorod Philharmonic.
Brieley’s published research includes her doctoral dissertation on the skills required of chamber music pianists and an article for Limelight magazine discussing the importance of the pianist's role when accompanist. Her interest in chamber music combined with her dedication to supporting Australian musicians and inspired her to co-found 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, Theme & Variations Piano Services, 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 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, RealTime Arts Magazine, and the Brisbane Weekender.
In 2014, Brieley with three colleagues released a recording of 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 and The Australian. Brieley has also released two recordings with Collusion Music with whom she worked as pianist for two years. The albums were released in 2013 - ‘I read the old dream slowly’ containing Australian contemporary artwork accompanying musical works courtesy of FireWorks Gallery, and ‘Flashpoint’, featuring Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ and Hindemith’s ‘Quartet’. Brieley was also pianist for Artico Ensemble for eight years, an ensemble who’s aim was to bring good music to non-mainstream community venues and to audiences that may not be able to experience it live in established concert halls. She worked with Artico to release an album in 2013 which included works by Spohr, Mendelssohn, Arnold Cooke, and new works by Artico member Paul Kopetz.
Brieley holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the Queensland Conservatorium. She graduated with this degree at age 18, in her final year performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra. She is also an alumnus of the Advanced Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music, has been awarded a Master of Music in Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium, and has graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with Distinction from the Royal College of Music in London, which was completed with thanks to a David Paul Landa Scholarship, Tait Memorial Trust Scholarship and support from the Australian Music Foundation. In 2017, Brieley was awarded her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Griffith University with thanks to a Griffith Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award. As a student, Brieley also attended and participated in the 2002 International Festival Musici Artis in Brussels, and 2003 Summer Festival in Salzburg. Her teachers have included Pamela Page, Oleg Stepanov, Timothy Young, Rita Reichman, Natasha Vlassenko, Ruth Nye and Stephen Emmerson.
Brieley is a sort-after piano teacher with considerable experience teaching students from beginner through to tertiary. Having previously been an accompanist for the University of Queensland, an examiner for the Queensland Conservatorium and the University of Queensland, and a casual lecturer for the University of New England (Armidale, New South Wales), Brieley is now Academic Lecturer in Classical Piano at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney.