Biography

Bonnie Brown

“…Bonnie Brown expounded a soulful version of Beethoven’s Concerto number 3 in C minor. The outer movements showed Brown’s unassuming agility, but the central slow movement exposed the core of this player through some highly expressive and individualistic playing, giving familiar pages a quiet tension as welcome as it was unexpected.”
– Clive O’Connell, The Age

Paris-based Australian concert pianist Bonnie Brown is an active soloist, collaborative musician and teacher. She has performed internationally across Europe, Asia and Australia in prominent music festivals and performance venues, as well as with Australia’s leading orchestras and on Australian radio. Amongst her many formal qualifications, she holds the Diplôme Supérieur d’Enseignement (6ème niveau) from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris as well as a Master of Music (performance) from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

In 2008 at the invitation of the French Government, Bonnie Brown spent her first year in Paris as Australian Artist in Residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts.  Since this time she has been mentored by internationally celebrated concert pianist Cristina Ortiz. Between 2008 and 2012 she was under the guidance of renowned French pedagogue and concert pianist France Clidat at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. She has studied with Professor Alexandr Satz at the Universität für Music und darstellende Kunst, Graz, Austria, and her former teachers in Australia include Ronald Farren-Price AM, Dr. Graham Williams (pupil of Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod), Rita Reichmann and Richard Gill OAM.

To assist with her studies in Europe, she was the recipient of over 15 internationally prestigious grants and scholarships. These include, from France, the 2nd Prize internationally from the Fondation Nadia et Lili Boulanger (Paris) for 2009-2010, and from Australia, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship, the coveted Australia Council for the Arts Project Fellowship, the Empire Theatres Toowoomba Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary, as well as support from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the Harold Mitchell Foundation and the Opus 50 Charitable Trust, among others.

As a seasoned and passionate chamber musician Bonnie Brown performs regularly, collaborating with instrumentalists, professional vocalists and small ensembles. She is laureate of the special prize for romantic interpretation from the International Concours Grieg for piano duo in Oslo, Norway. In 2011 she formed the Brown & Breen Piano Duo with fellow Australian concert pianist Louisa Breen. With the generous support of the Australia Council for the Arts, the duo recently commissioned the great Australian composer vale Peter Sculthorpe to create his first ever work for two pianos, his last major work, which they premiered in Paris in 2014. The duo will tour Australia and the United States of America in 2015.

Deeply committed to teaching, Bonnie Brown is in extremely high international demand for private tuition and masterclasses.