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Stephen Emmerson has been on full-time staff at the Queensland Conservatorium since way back in last century. He teaches various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in music history, music research and performance-related areas, is heavily involved with research supervision and actively engages in practice-based research around his own performance projects.  He maintains a busy career as pianist and chamber musician having performed widely in concerts and festivals around Australia and beyond as soloist and within groups such as the Griffith Trio, Dean-Emmerson-Dean, the Lunaire Collective and the Endeavour Trio.

 

Rethinking the Goldberg Variations

“This paper will outline my experiences thus far with Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Though the project that has been unfolding for several years, I expect it will continue to develop well into the future …
 
“I was tutoring at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp in January 2011, when I received an email from Sonya Lifschitz, a former student at Queensland Conservatorium, asking if I would be interested in playing a programme for two pianos with her in the Four Winds Festival in April 2012. Originally the programme was to include the Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion …
 
 
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“From early on, we did know that our performance was to be outdoors and in the morning. Only later did I realise that it was to be the morning of Easter Sunday. Fortuitously, by this stage we had decided that we would like to play some Bach …
 
“I have always enjoyed both the hearing and writing of contrapuntal textures. Arranging the Goldberg Variations was among the most personally rewarding artistic projects I have ever done.”