2015 Adjudicators & Accompanists

Instrumental Adjudicator – Mr Carl Pini

Carl PiniMr Carl Pini has held positions of note in many parts of the world including London (London String Quartet, Leader, Philharmonia & English Chamber Orchestra), Hong Kong (Leader, HK Philharmonic), Christchurch (Professor, University of Canterbury), Melbourne (Leader, Melbourne Symphony) and Sydney (Sydney String Quartet & Artistic Director, Australian Chamber Orchestra).

He was Director of the Riverina Summer School for Strings from 1998 – 2012. He is a member of Pini, Hazelwood & Friends and will appear as soloist with Jane Hazelwood in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Woolhara Philharmonic Orchestra in March, this year.

Vocal Adjudicator – Ms Cheryl Barker AO

Cheryl Barker - 2015 Vocal adjudicator

Mrs Cheryl Barker AO – One of the finest Sopranos to emerge from Australia, Cheryl Barker AO has established a distinguished opera career throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Australasia. She has appeared in concert at London’s Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Halle Orchestra, Edinburgh/ Spoleto Festivals and toured for Musica Viva.  Recent roles include Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Governess/Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), Desdemona (Otello) and Katya Kabanova.  Recordings include Puccini Arias, Pure Diva (Melba Recordings), Seduction & Persuasion, Beethoven 9 (ABC Classics), La bohème, Madama Butterfly/ Opera Australia, Madam Butterfly (Chandos), Madama Butterfly/ De Vlaamse Opera (Belgium/ Netherlands Television).



Official Accompanists

We welcome the return of two ‘regular’ official professional accompanists:

Rhodri Clarke imageRhodri Clarke, Melbourne

The Welsh pianist Rhodri Clarke performs as a chamber musician, collaborative pianist and soloist. After graduating with first class honours from the Royal College of Music, where he studied under Andrew Ball and Roger Vignoles he embarked upon a busy performing career which has taken him throughout Europe, USA, South America, Asia and Australia. As a chamber musician and vocal accompanist he has performed in London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Vienna Konzerthaus. Rhodri’s past collaborations include a Deutsche Grammophon album with the tenor Rolando Villazon, a Carnegie Hall performance with Bryn Terfel and many duo performances with Berlin Philharmonic double-bass player Edicson Ruiz. Recently Rhodri relocated to Melbourne, where he is in demand as a vocal accompanist and chamber musician. Rhodri has recently become a member of the Melbourne Piano Trio and has formed the ensemble Zenith with baritone Michael Lampard. Both ensembles have a busy performing schedule with recent performances at Melbourne Recital Centre and many venues across Australia. Rhodri is currently an Associate Artist at the Australian National Academy of Music and teaches chamber music and piano at Scotch College.

Maryleigh Hand PhotoMaryleigh Hand from Sydney

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 include a recital for Art Song Canberra with mezzo-soprano Prudence Dunstone.

Maryleigh has been associated with various tertiary institutions including Sydney and Newcastle Conservatoria.  She has also worked with many outstanding artists with as Lauris Elms, Ghillian Sullivan, David Wakeham, and Johnathon Welch.


We look forward to welcoming:

Prue Gibbs Official AccompanistMs Prue Gibbs, Brisbane

Ass Dip Mus, Qld Cons. of Music, Brisbane, Queensland
Brevet de Musique de Chambre, Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris, France
Vocal Coach at Sydney Cons. of Music
Head of Piano, Ascham School
Repetiteur for Opera, Musicals
Accompanist for Concerts, Exams, Eisteddfoddau
Piano Teacher
Many years’ experience as a musician

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