Professor Michael Brimer has a broad musical background as pianist, chamber musician, organist, conductor, composer and academic. He has held chairs of music at Natal, Cape Town and Melbourne universities. He was appointed Professor Emeritus on leaving Melbourne and subsequently has been based in Sydney while performing and lecturing. The formative years of his piano study (in South Africa) were with Eleanor Bonnar, a pupil of Leopold Godowsky.
He has performed the complete series of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas five times, has performed the complete piano music of Schumann in a live broadcast recital series and broadcast all of the completed sonatas of Schubert. On six occasions he has performed the legendary piano concerto of Busoni. He has performed all four of Tchaikovsky’s works for piano and orchestra in a two-week series with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. As a member of The Australian Trio, he recorded a wide range of piano trios for ABC Classics, including one of his own trios. In 2008 and 2012 he was a member of the jury for the Sydney International Piano Competition. He was, for a time, Pedagogy Adviser to the AMEB.