Winner of the 2006 Australian National Piano Award, pianist Amir Farid has been described as “a highly creative musician – a pianist of great intelligence and integrity. He brings strong musical substance to all that he does, imbuing it with his own particular experience and understanding”, and who “in a well-populated field…distinguishes himself for all the right reasons”. Throughout his career, Amir has been working and developing under the guidance of Professor Ronald Farren-Price, with whom he completed his Bachelor of Music (Hon) degree, and is currently undertaking a Master of Music degree at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. He also attended the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) where he studied with Rita Reichman, Geoffrey Tozer and Timothy Young. In 2009, he graduated with distinction as a Scholar supported by the Gordon Calway Stone Memorial Award at the Royal College of Music London, studying with Andrew Ball.
Along the way, Amir has participated in masterclasses and lessons with Michele Campanella, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Nikolai Demidenko, Christopher Elton, Gordon Fergus-Thompson, Cord Garben, Mark Gasser, Angela Hewitt, Ian Holtham, Leslie Howard, Julian Jacobson, Geoffrey Lancaster, Stephen McIntyre, Malcolm Martineau, Dominique Merlet, Hamish Milne, Lisa Moore, Ian Munro, Ruth Nye, Adrian Oetiker, Max Olding, Bart van Oort, Christina Ortiz, John Perry, Geoffrey Saba, Natasha Vlassenko, Frank Wibaut, Gerard Willems, Oxana Yablonskaya and John York.
He has performed concerti with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Youth, Melbourne Youth and ANAM Orchestras, including Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl with the Melbourne Symphony in front of a capacity 13,000 strong crowd. Collaborations with conductors include Graham Abbott, Peter Bandy, Alexander Briger, Oleg Caetani, Brett Dean, Johannes Fritzsch, Christopher Hogwood, Marko Letonja and Benjamin Northey. Other solo competition successes include winning the 2005 Hephzibah Menuhin and 3MBS Performer of the Year awards, and category finalist in the 2008 Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London, where he was awarded an Australian Music Scholarship. In 2008 he was one of 2 musicians selected to represent Australia in the European Broadcasting Union’s New Talent Competition.
As a chamber musician, Amir is pianist of the Benaud Trio (www.benaudtrio.com), winning the Piano Trio prize at the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition, and with whom he undertook a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.
As an accompanist, he was winner of the prize for best pianist at the 2012 and 2006 Mietta Song Competitions, and the 2007 Geoffrey Parsons Award. Collaborations as an associate artist have included cellists Alexander Baillie, Zoe Knighton, Mats Lidstrom and Martin Loveday, flautist Michel Bellavance, saxophonist Claude Delangle, clarinetists Dong Jun-Mo and Philippe Cuper, contralto Liane Keegan, pianist Max Olding, sopranos Merlyn Quaife, Alexandra Sherman and Siobhan Stagg, the Tin Alley String Quartet and mezzo-soprano Pamela Turner.
Amir would like to acknowledge the support and generosity of the following organizations and individuals: Mr. Neville Arthur, the Australia Business Arts Foundation, the Australian Music Foundation, the Australian National Academy of Music, Mr. John Garran, Mrs. Lois Goodin, Mrs. Heather de Haes, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the Royal College of Music, The Swiss Global Artistic Foundation, the Tait Memorial Foundation, the Turnbull Family and the University of Melbourne.
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