Asst/Prof Graeme Gilling
Academic Staff (Music)
- Contact details
- Academic Staff (Music)
The University of Western Australia (M413)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- 6488 2180
- 6488 1076
- MusM W.Aust., MusB Cant., LRSM
- Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Graeme studied the piano with Iola Shelley - one of New Zealand's foremost pianists - and composition at the University of Canterbury, completing a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Composition.
In 1983, he came to Western Australia to pursue postgraduate studies in collaborative piano with Professor Roger Smalley at the University of Western Australia. After completing his Masters Degree in 1985, Graeme free-lanced as a recitalist and teacher, working with many distinguished international artists such as Gerald English, Raphael Wallfisch, Bonita Boyd, Michel Debost, Jane Rutter, Gordon Hunt and Sara MacLiver.
Graeme has also worked with the WA Ballet Company, WA Arts Orchestra, and the WA Opera Company as soloist and repetiteur, and toured through Asia with the University Collegium Musicum choir in 1991.
Since 1986, Graeme has also been the pianist with the WA Symphony Orchestra, and performed in both the WASO Chamber Music Series and with the WASO New Music Ensemble directed by Professor Smalley. In this role, he also maintains an association with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, having performed with them in their 00, 01, 07 and 08 orchestral seasons, as well as in their Chamber Series in March 2007.
Throughout his time in Perth, Graeme has maintained a keen interest in teaching and as part of this interest, became an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board in 1986. Having maintained a close association with UWA as a teacher and performer since graduating, he was appointed to the staff of the School of Music at the University of Western Australia in 1995 and became Head of Keyboard Studies there at the beginning of 1998, whilst continuing to perform, teach, examine and adjudicate regularly. His combined roles with the AMEB and UWA culminated in his appointment as State Chair AMEB(WA) in 2008, as well as WA Director on the AMEB Federal Board
- Key research
- The main focus of his performance activities continues to be on collaborative work, including vocal, chamber music and two-piano repertoire.
- Graeme is Co-Chair of the biennial WA Piano Pedagogy Convention (a joint venture between the WA Music Teachers’ Association and UWA and is now in it’s 10th year), as well as Director of the inaugural Keyed-Up! For Summer piano summer school held at UWA in December 2008.
- Various broadcast recordings for ABC Classic-FM
1994 - The Young Violinist vol.1 with Graham Wood, violin
1996 - The Young Violinist vol.2 with Graham Wood, violin
CD's as a Member of the WA Symphony Orchestra
1987 - Roger Smalley - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Winner of International Rostrum of Composers (Vox Australis; VAST 003-2)
CD's as a Member of the WA Symphony 20th Contemporary Ensemble
2003 - Roger Smalley - Kaleidoscope (ABC Classics; ABC 980 047-5)
2013 - UWA Centenary CD, "Luminosity" (trios by Smalley and Tonkin)
- Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- Coordinator of Performance Studies
Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
Coordinator of Accompaniment
- Funding received
- Australia Council for the Blackwood project
- WA Music Teachers' Association
- Piano/Keyboard Studies, Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music
- Current external positions
- Pianist in Darlington Trio
Pianist in the WA Symphony Orchestra
- Current projects
- Commission/collaboration with composer Chris Tonkin on a new piano trio and recording thereof with fellow Darlington Ensemble members, Semra Lee (violin) and Jon Tooby (cello). Part of this work, as yet uncompleted, appears on the UWA CD "Luminosity"
- Research profile
Research profile and publications