2006 BAF Award
Peter Toohey's work:
Since receiving my grant from the BAF, I went on to study at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. I first of all completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and then a Masters of Music Performance, learning from Professor Ian Holtham. During this time I was fortunate to receive some important piano scholarships, and performance opportunities. Highlights included solo recitals at Melba Hall for the lunch hour concert series, and performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G at the Melbourne Recital Centre with the Melbourne University Orchestra. At the conclusion of my Masters I received a scholarship from the university to undertake private piano lessons in London and Vienna, with renowned piano pedagogues Joan Havill, Christopher Elton, Peter Feuchtwanger, and Martin Hughes. Since coming back to Melbourne I work primarily as a piano teacher- which includes two days a week at a high school in North Melbourne, and as a freelance accompanist. I give recitals once or twice a year, sometimes solo, but recently I am mostly enjoying collaborating with other musicians in performance.