2018 Competition

Adjudicators and Accompanists

Piers Lane AO – Instrumental Adjudicator

London-based Australian concert pianist Piers Lane AO is a highly regarded international soloist and collaborative artist and is well known to Townsville chamber-music followers through his ten year tenure with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Piers’ has an impressive

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Cheryl Barker AO – Vocal Adjudicator

Cheryl Barker AO is an Australian operatic soprano with a distinguished international reputation. She is particularly noted internationally for her performances of Madama Butterfly, singing this role for English National Opera, De Vlaamse Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Oper, Berlin,

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Catherine Davis – Accompanist

Catherine Davis was educated at the Conservatorium High in Sydney and the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she won all the major piano and accompaniment prizes, culminating in the Recital Diploma. Since returning to Australia, she took up a

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Maryleigh Hand – Vocal Accompanist

Originally a language teacher, Maryleigh’s passion for music and words inspired her to become an accompanist and vocal coach. At Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium, she concentrated on vocal repertoire and technique with Nancy Thomas, studying piano with Lance Dossor. Recent highlights

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Robert Manley – Accompanist

Robert completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the University of Queensland, graduating with a University Medal in 2011. He subsequently spent two years at the Australian National Academy of Music studying the cello with Howard Penny. Robert is a

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