A lot has happened since my Victoria Introspection debut last June at Beleura House.
My 50th Birthday Concert on my July 16th birthday was a huge success culminating with a glowing review in the sought after Cut | Common Magazine.
Featured in this concert was the world premiere of 3 chamber works, including a duet performed by acclaimed musicians Nicholas Young on piano and Gemma Tommlinson on Cello. Nicholas also performed in a duet ‘Etude’ with acclaimed violinist Zoe Freisberg and a trio that got special mention in this review.
A few months later Nicholas performed the Introspection recital in Shepparton to an esteemed audience, some of who are involved in Australia’s peak piano competition, the Australia National Piano Award, which Nicholas came second in 2012. In total 3 Introspection concerts were held in the space of 5 months.
A few days after the Shepparton recital, one of the world’s eminent classical piano reviewers, Michael Johnson, (who has reviewed extensively for the world’s top international publications, and has sat on the board of the London International Piano Competition for 9 years), gave the Introspection album a glowing review in Facts and Arts.
In the same week I also got an advance copy of another glowing review in the New York Fanfare Magazine.
It was pretty satisfying at the end of the year to look back on the achievements of the last 14 months. However something bigger was to come along a few weeks before Christmas. ANZCA (Australia New Zealand Cultural Arts) Examination Syllabus organisation, representing Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei, chose 7 out of the 9 Introspection pieces for their 2018 – 2020 piano examination syllabus manual list. ANZCA chose the pieces: Reverie II, Rhapsody & Fantasia, 2/3rd Fugue, Reverie I, A Touch of Tango, Reverie III and Till We Meet Again and rated them either as Grade 8 or Associate.
In a short space of time I had to re-edit these pieces to bring them up to the high publishing standard expected in the commercial market. Nicholas introduced me to the Dorico music publishing software, a new viable competitor to Sibelius and Finale, which I had to learn.
Nicholas gave me a huge amount of assistance with this project, which was completed on time and is now ready for sale from this website.