The Dr Brieley Cutting Piano Studio
The Dr Brieley Cutting Piano Studio is a located on Ross St in Forest Lodge (Sydney). Brieley welcomes students to her selective Studio who are interested in learning classical piano and dedicated to developing their skills. Piano lessons are on a Grand Piano, regular Studio emails provide updates and piano-related information, and a Student Concert is held each year.
Brieley has been based in Sydney since accepting the position of Lecturer in Classical Piano at the Australian Institute of Music in 2020. She is a Full Member of the Music Teachers' Association of New South Wales and a Steinway Educational Partner.
Being a part of the Dr Brieley Cutting Piano Studio means learning with a concert performer and a piano teacher with over 20 years of experience. Brieley is qualified with a Doctorate of Music Arts (Teaching & Learning), MMus (Performance), BMus (Hon) from the Queensland Conservatorium, and a PGDip (Performance) with Distinction from the Royal College of Music in London. She also studied for four years in the Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, extended her studies by attending music festivals in Brussels and Salzburg, and via a Churchill Fellowship conducted further research in London, the Netherlands, and New York.
When 11 years old, Brieley was awarded her AMusA Diploma from the Australian Music Examinations Board, and at 18 years Brieley graduated with her Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours), winning numerous university prizes including the main performance prize, the Brisbane Club Award. In the same year, Brieley was a semi-finalist in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Brisbane and performed Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.1 with the Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra. Successful in many piano competitions during her postgraduate studies, Brieley was a finalist in the Kawai Youth Piano Concerto Competition in Melbourne in 2002, for this performing with the Melbourne Youth Orchestra; was the National Keyboard Winner of the Symphony Australia ABC Young Performers Awards in 2006, performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for live ABC radio and television; and she received Second Placing in the Kerikeri National Piano Competition in New Zealand in 2010. During her studies at the Australian National Academy of Music, Brieley was twice a winner of the ANAM Concerto Competition - 2002 and 2005 - winning opportunities to perform with the Nizchny-Novgorod Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Brieley has successfully guided teenage students to achieve their AMEB AMusA, prepared students for admission to tertiary music programs, and she has guided students through Bachelor and Masters degrees. Her students regularly receive distinctions and high distinctions in their performance exams, have been prize-winners for school and online piano competitions, and they have received awards and prizes at eisteddfods, including at the Sydney Eisteddfod. Brieley's Studio currently contains talented beginners through to those studying for a Bachelor of Music.
Other pedagogical experience includes being an adjudicator at the Queensland Conservatorium, examiner for the University of Queensland School of Music, Head of Piano at the New England Conservatorium (Armidale, NSW), Lecturer for the University of New England (Armidale, NSW), giving Masterclasses in Sydney and regional New South Wales, Piano Teacher at St Joseph's College (Gregory Terrace, Brisbane), and being an adjudicator for the Sydney Eisteddfod. Early career pedagogical experience includes teaching young students with guidance from the Royal College of Music in London and via music schools in Melbourne and Brisbane. Brieley has kept her own Piano Teaching Studio since 2011, this commencing at the Steinway Piano Showroom in Brisbane.
Her main teachers have included Oleg Stepanov, Natasha Vlassenko, Rita Reichman, Timothy Young, Ruth Nye, Stephen Emmerson, and Pamela Page.