Dr Brieley Cutting is an Australian pianist whose playing has been critically praised for its “myriad of colours” and “technical expertise." Brieley has been successful in significant piano competitions, including being Keyboard Winner of the Symphony Australia ABC Young Performers Awards - performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 for live radio and television in the 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. Throughout her career, Brieley has combined her performing with her work as a piano teacher, academic lecturer, accompanist, artistic director, and artistic researcher. Brieley is currently Academic Lecturer in Classical Piano at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney.
Brieley grew up on a farm just outside Lismore in regional New South Wales. She received her AMusA from the Australian Music Examinations Board aged 11 years, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours aged 18, in her final year of the degree performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra.
Brieley has studied on scholarship for four years in the Advanced Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music, during this time participating in the International Festival Musici Artis in Brussels and Summer Festival in Salzburg. She has been awarded a Master of Music in Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium, and has graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance (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. Her doctoral dissertation focused on exploring the skills required of chamber music pianists, and this 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. 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.
Also during her doctoral studies, Brieley released four chamber music recordings, including 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 also released two recordings with Collusion Music - ‘I read the old dream slowly’ featuring Australian music, and ‘Flashpoint’, featuring Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ and Hindemith’s ‘Quartet’. The fourth album was with Artico Ensemble with whom she worked for eight years as they together took good music to non-mainstream community venues. The album includes works by Spohr, Mendelssohn, Arnold Cooke, and new works by Artico member Paul Kopetz.
Brieley remains an active concert pianist, and her diverse career sees her collaborating with many of Australia's leading ensembles and performers. Brieley is also a sought-after piano teacher with considerable experience teaching students from beginner through to tertiary. Previous employment includes being an accompanist for the University of Queensland, an examiner for the Queensland Conservatorium and the University of Queensland, Head of Piano at the regional conservatorium in Armidale, and a casual lecturer for the University of New England (Armidale, New South Wales).
Brieley’s main teachers have included Pamela Page, Oleg Stepanov, Timothy Young, Rita Reichman, Natasha Vlassenko, Ruth Nye and Stephen Emmerson.