Brieley Cutting


Dr Brieley Cutting is a piano teacher with over 20 years experience, teaching beginners through to Masters students. Holding the position of Lecturer in Classical Piano at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney since 2020, Brieley has previously been Head of Piano at the New England Conservatorium in Armidale and has run a private studio in Brisbane, Armidale and now Sydney since 2011. Brieley has lectured for the University of New England (Armidale), been accompanist and examiner for the University of Queensland School of Music, and she has been an adjudicator for the Queensland Conservatorium. Brieley’s students have been successful in school music competitions, the Armidale and Sydney Eisteddfods, and in gaining their Associate of Music from the AMEB. Brieley has been invited to give Masterclasses in Sydney and for regional Conservatories in New South Wales, and she was an adjudicator for piano sections in the Sydney Eisteddfod in 2021.

Brieley has performed as soloist and chamber music collaborator in many major and regional venues throughout Australia, and for organisations such as ABC Classic FM, 4MBS, and Musica Viva. Festival appearances include for The Piano Mill at Stanthorpe, Festival of Voices, Newcastle Fringe Festival, and at the Crossbows, Restrung, Tyalgum, Bangalow, and Australian Piano Duo Festivals. Brieley’s performance career has also seen her as soloist and chamber music collaborator in European venues, being selected for gala concerts in festivals in Salzburg and Brussels and performing in recitals facilitated by the Royal College of Music and Australian Music Foundation. As concerto soloist, Brieley has appeared with orchestras including the Melbourne Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Melbourne Youth Orchestra, and the Nizchny-Novgorod Philharmonic; and she has performed with many leading Australian ensembles such as Ensemble Trivium, Fragments Ensemble, Australia Piano Quartet, Collusion and Topology.  Recording projects include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 for 2 pianos, 8 hands with fellow pianists for Melba Recordings to critical acclaim from The Guardian (Australia) and The Australian Weekend Review, and joining Collusion Music to record the albums Flashpoint (quartets by Hindemith and Messiaen) and I read the old dream slowly (all Australian chamber music) as an Ensemble in Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Brieley has been a National Keyboard Winner of the Symphony Australia ABC Young Performers Awards and received a second placing in the Kerikeri National Piano Competition in New Zealand.

Holding a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Griffith University from researching the role and skills required of the chamber music pianist, Brieley’s work was supported by a Griffith Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award. During this time, Brieley directed a chamber music concert series with the support of the Steinway & Sons piano distributors in Brisbane. Known for its bold imaging, free programming, and support for leading Australian musicians, this series was awarded a Creative Sparks Award from the Brisbane City Council and attracted high praise from reviewers such as The Jazz Mann and RealTime Arts Magazine. Brieley was made a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Trust in 2013 and they supported her travel to London, the Netherlands and New York to meet with experts to research career and industry in relation to classical pianists and artistic directorship.

Brieley holds Bachelor (First Class Honours) and Masters Degrees in Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium, studying with Oleg Stepanov and Natasha Vlassenko. Brieley also studied for four years in the Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music with Frank Wibaut, Rita Reichman and Timothy Young, and was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with Distinction from the Royal College of Music in London studying with Ruth Nye. Brieley has also studied with Pamela Page and Max Olding.

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Instruments: Piano, Theory of Music,

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