Festival Artists

Drawing upon major international and Australian ensembles, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lyrebird Trio and each of the major Australian symphony orchestras, our Festival Artists are among Australia's leading musicians.

Angela Turner enjoys a multifaceted career as pianist and lecturer. Broadcast on Australian radio as soloist and chamber musician, Angela has performed extensively throughout Australia, and the UK, Canada and Taiwan. In recent years, highlights have included recordings and performances in the 4MBS Festival of Classics, Kawai Keyboard Series, Australian Piano Duo Festival, QSO Chamber Series, for Musica Viva (QLD and NSW), and broadcasts on ABC Classic-FM, 3MBS, 4MBS and 5MBS. Angela currently enjoys a focus upon chamber music, most notably with the Lyrebird Trio, who were winners of the piano trio and audience prize at the 2013 Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition. Recent engagements have included appearances at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House, Ngeringa Arts Centre, and Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. The Lyrebird Trio were 2014 and 2015 Winter Musicians-in-Residence at Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, and were Ensemble-in-Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium.

Angela currently lectures at the Queensland Conservatorium, and is head of the Intermediate Piano Program at the Young Conservatorium. A well-respected teacher, Angela is an AMEB Keyboard Consultant and Keyboard Examiner, a sought-after adjudicator and presenter around Australia, and a series editor for Hal Leonard. A graduate and Conservatorium medallist of the Conservatorium, Angela completed her Master of Music on exchange at the Royal College of Music, London. During her studies with Joyce Bennett, Natasha Vlassenko and Yonty Solomon, Angela was the recipient of prestigious national academic and performance awards, including a Westpac Award, Florence Davey Pianoforte Scholarship, Australian Postgraduate Award, Griffith Doctoral Scholarship, a three-time winner of the Queensland Piano Competition, 4MBS Chamber Music Prize, Royal Music Schools Association Prize for Accompaniment, amongst many others. She has been on staff at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University since 1998.

Her CD recording with Stephen Emmerson, Brieley Cutting and Stewart Kelly, in a two piano transcription of Mahler's Symphony No.2 "Resurrection" was released to international critical acclaim on Melba Recordings.