Kathryn Selby

Artistic Director - Kathryn Selby

Hailed by the Australian press as a ‘formidable talent’ and most recently, ‘Australia’s pre-eminent chamber music pianist’, Miss Selby is the artistic director of both the popular nationally touring Selby & Friends concert series and the A Little Lunch Music series at Sydney’s City Recital Hall Angel Place, and is the recipient of the prestigious Churchill and Australia Council Fellowships. She began her piano studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and then attended the famed Curtis Institute of Music and Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, and earned her Master’s degree from New York’s Juilliard School.

Selby has won prizes at the Van Cliburn Competitions, the William Kapell Competition, the Bruce Hungerford Memorial award in New York the Young Concert Artists Competition in New York as well as the Ferruccio Busoni Competition giving her a debut at the Carnegie Recital Hall. She spent the summer of 1982 at the Marlboro Music Festival, participating at the special invitation of Rudolf Serkin. During the same year she won the Astral Foundation of New York career development grant. In 1987 she was appointed by Affiliate Artists as Xerox Artist for the 1988-89 season.

Kathryn Selby has performed with the American Chamber Orchestra and was a founding member of the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Group. Those she has been guest artist with include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, San Francisco Philharmonic, Hartford Chamber Orchestra, the ACO, and the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. She has performed at the Athens, Spoleto, Caramoor, Aspen, Marlboro, Sydney Mozart and Sydney Festivals.

Selby created the successful four-year series "Selby & Friends" when she returned to Australia in 1988 with the sponsorship of IBM Australia. The aim of the series was to both introduce school children to classical music in a relaxed atmosphere and then repeat those concerts for the general public. This series was recreated in 2006 and now tours nationally presenting an annual 5-concert subscription season.

Miss Selby has recorded extensively including an all-Gershwin disc for the NAXOS label, a solo piano recital disc for ABC Classics label, a chamber CD with Canberra Wind Soloists and another with artists from the Australian Festival of Music, and with Macquarie Trio Australia, discs of Beethoven and Piazzolla piano trios and the complete piano trios of Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Dvorák.

Also in 1988 Ms Selby was officially appointed the first Musician-in-Residence at Macquarie University Sydney. Her role was to create concert and learning opportunities for staff and students and to create a professional concert series on the campus. She held this position until 1992 at which time she merged her Residency into the creation of an ensemble in residence at Macquarie University – the popular Macquarie Trio. Miss Selby has been a presenter of her own program on 2MBS-FM in Sydney and a presenter for ABC Classic FM.

Her piano trio, TRIOZ, is the first ensemble-in-residence at the prestigious City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney. Ms Selby is the recipient of a full scholarship at Sydney University where she is pursuing her PhD.

She is in demand as a performer around the country in concerti, chamber music and as a soloist, is patron of the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra and teaches chamber music at Sydney Grammar School.

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Latest Reviews

"A light touch takes this trio from tragedy to rhapsody"
Sydney Morning Herald July '12 - Read

"Selby hones a sharper Edge"
The Age July '12 - Read

"Happy blend of talents"
Advertiser July '12 - Read

"Celebrating generosity"
The Canberra Times May '12 - Read

"A hearty feast for all friends and admirers"
Sydney Morning Herald May '12 - Read

"Sweet treats of a musical 'mousse'"
City News, Canberra May '12 - Read

"Haunting, thrilling, intoxicating and inspiring."
The Canberra Times Mar '12 - Read

"Selby and Friends gave it a vivid performance. Their raw, rugged rhythmic power conveyed all its boisterous fun while their delicacy preserved its high art values." The Australian March '12 - Read

"Pianist Kathryn Selby has brought together musicians of exceptional calibre who clearly love playing together." The Australian March '12 - Read

"Mellifluous Mozart began the concert, with Kathryn Selby lapping up the voluble piano part with consummate ease." Advertiser Nov '11 - Read

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