Teaching Studio

Dr Brieley Cutting is a piano teacher with 20 years of experience.

 

Brieley currently teaches Bachelor of Music and Masters level students at the Australian Institute of Music and UNSW, and has a select group of piano students she teaches from her Home Studio. 

Brieley's students regularly receive Distinctions and High Distinctions for their performance exams, and she has guided students to achieve the Certificate of Performance and Associate in Music (AMusA) diploma from the Australian Music Examination Board. Brieley's students have been recipients of scholarships, prizes in their school music competitions, and they have enjoyed success in local eisteddfods, including at the Sydney Eisteddfod.

 

Brieley has given masterclasses in areas such as the Gold Coast, regional NSW, and at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. She has also been an adjudicator of performance competitions, such as for the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and for Piano Sections in the 2021 Sydney Eisteddfod.


Dr Brieley Cutting's Piano Studio is in the suburb of Forest Lodge (Sydney City and Inner West). Lessons are held on a Yamaha C2 Grand Piano. Piano lessons are usually organised to work alongside the four school terms, invoiced at 8-9 lessons per term. Two student concerts are organised each year for Brieley's students and regular email updates are sent to students/parents/guardians. Brieley is also set up to comfortably teach online via Zoom when this is required. 

Brieley has a current Working with Children Check and is a Full Member of the Music Teachers' Association of New South Wales. Brieley welcomes advanced and dedicated students to her studio who have a genuine interest in practising their craft and learning.

 

 

​Brieley has been fortunate to have had her piano technique, music knowledge, and performance style shaped and influenced from the intensive tuition she has received from various renowned pedagogues. Informing her teaching style are Pamela Page and Max Olding (considered by many to be classical music royalty in Australia), Timothy Young (graduate of the Nicolò Paganini Conservatorium in Italy), Rita Reichmann (student of Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute), Ruth Nye (student of Claudio Arrau), and seven years learning with Oleg Stepanov and Natasha Vlassenko (graduates and teachers of the Moscow Conservatory).

 

Brieley's skill as a teacher also draws on the many piano masterclasses she has participated in when studying, such as with pianists including Angela Hewitt, Christina Ortiz, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Boris Berman, and Dominique Merlet. Also informing her pedagogy are her extensive tertiary studies in performance and research in Brisbane, Melbourne, and London; participation in short European music academies in Brussels and Salzburg; further research and study via a Churchill Fellowship which took her to London, the Netherlands, and New York; and her extensive experience as a concert performer. Brieley's experience with the Australian Music Examinations Board includes being awarded her AMusA diploma when aged 11 years.

When studying, Brieley had piano competition successes, these used to support her education and to help her to refine her skills as a performer. Experiences include a second placing in the 2010 Kerikeri National Piano Competition in New Zealand, being a semifinalist in two Lev Vlassenko Piano Competitions in Brisbane (2007 and 2001), being Keyboard Winner and Grand Finalist in the 2006 Symphony Australia ABC Young Performers Awards, and being a finalist in the 2002 Kawai Australasian Youth Piano Concerto Competition. After commencing tertiary studies at the Queensland Conservatorium (Griffith University) aged 13 years, Brieley won the Brisbane Club Award (a performance prize across all of 'classical' undergraduate), Fred Ellaway Prize, Minnie May Bussey Scholarship, Women’s Club Scholarship, Ruby C. Cooling Prize, Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Scholarship, Basil Jones Sonata Prize (for duo with a strings instrument), Griffith Awards for Academic Excellence, and the Margaret Nickson Prize (for leider performance). Commencing studies at the Australian National Academy of Music aged 18 years, Brieley was twice a winner in the in-house concerto competition, including one held as part of the International Festival Musici Artis in Brussels, Belgium. For her studies at the Royal College of Music in London, Brieley was supported by a David Paul Landa Scholarship, Tait Memorial Trust Scholarship, and an Australian Music Foundation Award. 

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