Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance), LMusA (pianoforte), AMusA (dist) (pianoforte)
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Winner of the first prize and the Audience Choice Award at the 2015 Australian Vocal and Concerto Competition, Arthur Athan is a pianist and teacher from Melbourne. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Music majoring in piano performance under Tamara Smolyar, Coordinator of Piano at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, together with a Bachelor of Laws and a Diploma of Languages (Indonesian) at Monash University.
He achieved his AMusA with Distinction and his LMusA during his secondary studies. He completed his VCE at Scotch College in 2011 where he achieved a perfect score in Music Performance under the tutelage of Majella Drew.
An accomplished performer, Arthur presents recitals and performs on radio regularly. In 2014, he was awarded first prize in the 3MBS live performance series ‘The Talent’ Season 1. Other accolades include the Open Piano Recital and the Fred McCubbin Open Piano Concerto Prizes of the South Eastern Arts Festival (2010 and 2015 respectively), the MSV Nehama Patkin Memorial Award (2011), first prize in the Knox Piano Awards Open (2014) and the Highway Press Award.
In 2015, Arthur was selected for and participated in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Brisbane. Further to the aforementioned first prize and Audience Choice Award at the 2015 Australian Vocal and Concerto Competition, Arthur was also awarded the John Hopkins Performance Fellowship.
Arthur’s excellence in his university music studies have been recognised with the inaugural Spivakovsky Prize (2015), Concerto Award (2014), Anna Chmiel Memorial Award (2014) and the Joan Earle Prize for best first and second year recitals (2013, 2014) awarded by the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music (Monash University).
Arthur made his concerto debut in 2014 performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 with the Old Scotch Symphony Orchestra under John Ferguson. He reprised this performance with the Monash Academy Orchestra under Fabian Russell in 2015 to a sold-out audience in the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University.
During his studies, Arthur has participated in masterclasses with eminent pianists and pedagogues including the legendary Paul Badura-Skoda (Austria), Leslie Howard (UK/Australia), Professor Stephen McIntyre, Professor Max Cooke, Natasha Vlassenko, Roberto Prosseda (Italy), Nicolas Hodges (UK), Philippe Cassard (France), Dr Dorian Leljak (Serbia), and Associate Professor Junghwa Lee (Korea/USA).
Aside from performing, Arthur has been teaching for over 6 years and has taught beginners up to fellow undergraduate students. In 2015, Arthur was the sole adjudicator of the Kerang Music Eisteddfod.
Arthur has affiliations and has given recitals or concerto appearances with the Musical Society of Victoria, Music Lovers Society, Botted Snail Productions, the annual Missionvale charity events, the Monash Academy of Performing Arts, the Old Scotch Symphony Orchestra, the Austral Salon, the annual Alliance Francaise ‘Fete de la Musique’ as well as the Bohemian Rhapsody Social Club. He also serves in the music ministry at Donvale Presbyterian Church.
Arthur has upcoming recital engagements with the Austral Salon, Bohemian Rhapsody Club and the Music Lovers Society. He will appear with the Barrier Reef Orchestra in Townsville and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in Perth playing Rachmaninoff in the 2016-2017 season. He has also been selected for the 2016 Keri Keri International Piano Competition in New Zealand and the semi-finals of the 2016 UCSI Festival and International Piano Competition in Malaysia.
Arthur serves as the current Treasurer and was part of the founding committee of the Monash Music Students’ Society (est. 2015).
Soli Deo Gloria
These details were last updated on October 9, 2016