Kevin Chow, winner of The Sydney Eisteddfod John Allison & Kawai Piano Scholarship in 2017. Photo: WinkiPoP
Sydney Eisteddfod is delighted to officially announce The Sydney Eisteddfod John Allison & Kawai Piano Scholarship adjudicators for 2018, Gerard Willems AM and Dr Katie Zhukov.
Gerard Willems AM is in demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist and recording artist. His performances and recordings have gained acclaim worldwide, with two ARIA awards for his Complete Beethoven Sonatas and the ‘World Music DVD Prize’ in New York for his Beethoven Emperor Concerto DVD in 2005. Gerard was awarded an AM in 2012 for his services as a concert pianist and mentor to young musicians.
Dr Katie Zhukov has taught piano for many years at the Sydney, Queensland and Western Australian Conservatoriums. The excellence of her teaching was recognised by the Sydney Conservatorium Teaching Award in 2003. Her PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2005 focused on instrumental pedagogy at the tertiary level and led to a four-year postdoctoral research project at the University of Queensland that resulted in publication of a textbook Sight-reading for advanced pianists (Wirripang).
Katie has performed numerous concertos with professional and student orchestras, and presented many solo and chamber music recitals, partnering with some of Australia’s best string players. Since moving to Brisbane in 2009 she has appeared in several chamber concerts with the Brisbane Winds.