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Teaching Staff - Piano

Lucinda Collins

Lucinda Collins has performed widely throughout Australia, as well as giving numerous broadcasts for ABC Classic FM. After undergraduate study at the Elder Conservatorium under German pianist Professor Stefan Ammer, in 1984 she was awarded the Elder Overseas Scholarship in Music by the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide. She has given concerts in the United Kingdom and Korea.

By July 1997 Collins was a lecturer in piano at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Since 2000 she has held the position of Head of Piano and coordinates the chamber music program.

In addition to solo repertoire, Collins has worked extensively as a chamber musician and has partnered many distinguished artists including internationally acclaimed cellists David Geringas and Lynn Harrell. She has also performed with William Hennessy on violin: The Age's Clive O'Connell described Collins and Hennessy's playing of César Franck's Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano in July 1997, "[it] is well, suited to a player of his character, the slashing strokes and powerful chromatic colors getting a solid hearing, in which Collins took equal honors."

Collins performed with the Australian String Quartet and they toured nationally in March 2010. She collaborated with the quartet in 2017 to perform Ernő Dohnányi's Piano Quintet No. 1, Op. 1 in C minor, alongside appearing as soloist with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra performing Mozart's G major Concerto, K.

Anna Goldsworthy

Described by The Australian as a ‘musical ambassador,’ Anna Goldsworthy is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and versatile musicians. As a piano soloist, she has performed extensively throughout Australia and internationally, and as a chamber musician she is a founding member of Seraphim Trio. Anna’s literary publications include the memoirs Piano Lessons and Welcome to Your New Life, as well as the Quarterly Essay Unfinished Business. Anna records for the ABC Classics label. Her most recent CD is ‘Beethoven Piano Trios’ with Seraphim Trio, released in February 2016. She is currently a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Ensemble at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and the Kenneth Moore Memorial Music Scholar at Janet Clarke Hall.

Musical highlights of 2017-18 include solo appearances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra; a nine-city solo piano tour of China; Seraphim Trio’s Australian concert season celebrating the history of the piano trio; and Seraphim Trio’s London debut. Anna curated the mini-festival ‘Chamber Landscapes’ for the 2017 Adelaide Festival, and edited Best Australian Essays 2017.

Matthew Binion

Matthew is a graduate from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, receiving his Bachelor of Music with Honours, under the tutelage of Dr David Lockett and Lucinda Collins. Matthew is head of education and manager at the Allenby Gardens Forte School of Music, an examiner for the AMEB, and is a respected educator and accompanist at leading schools throughout South Australia.

At the commencement of his studies, Matthew was awarded the D.B. Salotti Scholarship for his first year at the Conservatorium, and in his second year was awarded the Maude Harriett Riley Scholarship for piano. He was awarded Young Citizen of the Year for the City of Adelaide, receiving his award on Australia Day in 2008. In 2012 he won the annual Lance Dosser Memorial Prize at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

In 2006 Matthew was accompanist for Adelaide Voices, for which he received the Norman Chinner Scholarship. Matthew has performed in master classes for many distinguished artists including Bart van Oort, Angela Hewitt, Malcolm Martineau, Roy Howat, Clemens Leske.

During Matthew’s residential time at Lincoln College in 2006-08, he was music co-ordinator and musical ambassador for the College, which included organising concerts for various relief funds in Sudan. He received the Lincoln College Marion Kuechen music prize in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Matthew has and continues to work extensively with a variety of artists in Adelaide and nationwide, as both an accompanist and repetiteur.

Kenan Henderson

Kenan Henderson is a First Class Honours graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, studying with Lucinda Collins. Kenan has been the recipient of many awards and prizes including the inaugural Peter Schodde Memorial Scholarship, presented by Recitals Australia and the Helpmann Academy. Kenan is also the recipient of the Emirates Artist's Development Award, presented by the Adelaide Festival. Kenan was also nominated for the prestigious Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Award in 2014: the sole candidate from the University of Adelaide. Kenan also received the City of Adelaide Award at the inaugural Helpmann Academy Classical Music Awards and has won First Prize among other prizes within Recitals Australia's Lunch Hour concert series.

With a focus on chamber music performance, Kenan regularly performs with members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Benaud Trio and with former members of the Australian String Quartet among others. As soloist, Kenan has performed with the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, the Unley Symphony Orchestra and the Burnside Symphony Orchestra. With a strong passion for the arts, Kenan has worked as Artistic Administrator with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and has enjoyed producing and presenting a number of highly-successful productions that combine written word with musical performance; inviting new audiences to experience and enjoy the history and profound artistry within the world of Classical music.

Monika Laczofy

Pianist and harpsichordist Monika Laczofy graduated from both Australian and Austrian universities. She has performed and broadcast both here and overseas as soloist and chamber musician.

During several years of post-graduate study (piano and harpsichord) in her native Austria, she took part in courses at the Salzburg Mozarteum, also in numerous performances for the International Chamber Music Festival of Oberschützen. She was engaged as coach and repetiteur for singers, as solo and ensemble recitalist, concerto soloist, as well as for studio recording in England and for Austrian Radio.

In Australia she has broadcast for the ABC as soloist, accompanist, concerto soloist and orchestra member with the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. As Harpsichordist, Laczofy performed for several years with the Melbourne-based Bach Players, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Melbourne Musicians, touring and recording much of the Elizabethan & Baroque repertoire, including the keyboard concertos of Bach and his sons.  She has appeared with ensembles for the “Music in the Round” and Barossa Festivals, also the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra.

Since joining the staff of the Elder Conservatorium in 1985 as Staff Accompanist and Part-time Lecturer in Piano, she has accompanied regular student masterclasses, examination recitals and performed with a long list of renowned overseas artists as well as interstate and local soloists, in recital and broadcast. She has also toured much of south and eastern Australia with the Fleurieu Ensemble and more recently performed also with the visiting Swiss “Aura” String Quartet in a series of city and country concerts. An experienced teacher of music at all levels, she has been Chamber Music Tutor and Adjudicator for national competitions.

At present she is widely involved in the Adelaide music scene as Chair and Artistic Coordinator for Recitals Australia Lunch Hour Concerts, President of the Accompanists’ Guild of South Australia, council member of the Music Teachers’ Association of SA, Advisor and Federal Examiner for the AMEB.

Yundi Yuan

Yundi Yuan is an Australian pianist and chamber musician based in Adelaide. She is the winner of the Recitals Australia Lunch Hour Award in 2018, and was also the winner of the “SA State Final of Young Virtuoso” competition and was a national finalist in the Fine Music Network’s Young Virtuosi Award in 2016. Yundi has performed in many concert series and music festivals including Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven Festival, Recitals Australia “Carclew” series, Elder Hall Lunchtime concert, SA Soundstream events and the “Nocturnes by Candlelight” concert at the Ukaria Cultural Centre. She will perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no.1 with trumpeter Owen Morris and the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Andrew Groch at the Elder Hall Lunchtime concert in September, 2019.

Yundi is currently completing a postgraduate research degree from the Elder Con with a full-scholarship, under the supervision of Mr Stephen Whittington and Dr Anna Goldsworthy. She also has been a recipient of the William Silver Scholarship, the Daisy Burmeister Salotti Pianoforte Scholarship and the Jack de Vos Scholarship. Alongside her career as a solo pianist, Yundi is also passionate in chamber music. She is a founding member of the Baudin Trio, which has long been active in Adelaide’s chamber music scene and is now striving to bring the piano trio repertoire to new audiences. Since its debut performance in Recitals Australia’s Lunch Hour series, the Baudin trio has performed in the Elder Hall Lunchtime concert series and has participated in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.Yundi is also the artist liaison from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

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