1st December 2019, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium
Meet the Artists
Coady Green is acknowledged as a major talent on the international concert circuit, having been described as “a virtuoso pianist with sensitivity, intelligence and charm”, “accurate and exhilarating” (Musical Opinion, London) and with “a strong and versatile technique capable of the most delicate coloring and tonal brilliance, rising to the challenges of extreme virtuoso demands with relish” (The Advertiser, South Australia).
In 2005, Coady relocated from Melbourne to London after winning almost all the most prestigious awards and prizes that his native Australia had to offer, including first prize in the City of Sydney National Piano Competition, a Winston Churchill Fellowship Award, a British Council Award, the Trevor Prescott Memorial Award from the Masonic Foundation, a Sir Ian Potter Cultural Prize, two awards from the Australian Council for the Arts and the South Australian Arts Council, the Ormond Exhibition from the University of Melbourne for the most outstanding postgraduate student and an award from the Opus Fifty Charitable Trust.
During the eleven years he lived and worked in London, he was twice the recipient of a Geoffrey Parsons International Prize (2008, 2012), and a prizewinner at the International Two Piano Grieg Competition in Norway, and a recipient of a Tait Memorial Trust Award and an award from the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia. He performs regularly in all the top concert halls within the UK including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, St Martin in the Fields, Cadogan Hall, St James’s Piccadilly, and within Australia and abroad including Sydney Opera House, Salzburg Mozarteum, Melbourne Recital Centre, Beijing and Shanghai concert halls, Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg. He is active as a chamber musician, having performed extensively with pianists Leslie Howard and Christopher Wayne Smith, the BBC Singers, the Allegri, Odeion and Amici Quartets, and singers Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz, Greta Bradman and Neil Latchman. In Australia he performs extensively with saxophonist Justin Kenealy as part of Duo Eclettico. The duo are preparing two professional recording releases for 2020. He was a lecturer in classical performance and staff piano teacher at Goldsmiths College, The University of London, and a piano teacher at the Royal College of Music, London. He now teaches piano and lectures on the performance staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne. He is recording the complete piano etudes of Anton Rubinstein for Toccata Classics. Coady is completing his PhD at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne, writing on the piano music of Anton Rubinstein and Rubinstein’s influence on the establishment of the Russian piano school.
Christopher Wayne Smith is an award winning concert pianist from the United Kingdom. Highly acclaimed internationally and here in Australia, Christopher has performed regularly throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, India, South Africa, and since relocating to Melbourne in 2017, here in Australia. Highlight performances include Wigmore Hall London, Purcell Room London, St. Davids Hall Wales, and Thikse Monastary in the Himalayas. Christopher has been described as possessing “an impressively comprehensive technique, yet over and above this major gift has to be added the less frequently encountered, but more significant, gift of musical understanding at a deep level.” (Musical Opinion, 2016). He is particularly regarded for his ability to acquire and project a vast vast repertoire in an array of intelligent recital programmes.
Christopher Wayne Smith graduated in 2014 in Piano Performance with First Class Honours from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he won several awards, scholarships and competition prizes. He has studied with Richard McMahon, Michael Young, Leslie Howard, Murray McLachlan and Artur Pizarro; and he has prepared masterclasses with Stephen Hough, Noriko Ogawa and Alfred Brendal.
Christopher also performs regularly as a chamber musician, and has an internationally regarded piano duo with Coady Green formed in 2013. They have quickly established an international reputation for delivering high-quality recitals combining standard repertoire for their genre with little-known works.