The University of Newcastle, Australia

Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Award-winning pianist to perform at Jean Bogan Concert

Jean Bogan Prize

Australian pianist and composer Michael Harvey is bringing his special talents to the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music to perform the winning compositions in the Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition.

The University of Newcastle's Chair of Music Professor Richard Vella said Harvey's passion and support for Australian music makes him one of the most exciting exponents of contemporary music in the country.

"Michael Harvey's performance at the Jean Bogan Concert promises to be a memorable night. He is a multi-award winning concert pianist renowned for his eclectic and extensive repertoire. Harvey will be performing compositions by joint winners Mark Isaacs and Andrian Pertout.

"Harvey will perform Children's Songs by Issacs and Pertout's suite Luz Meridional - twenty-four etudes. These works are extraordinary in their understanding of the piano and technical virtuosity. We are extremely lucky to have him performing in Newcastle.

The composition by winner of Jean Bogan Youth Prize, Natalie Matias, will also be performed by Harvey at the concert. This prize aims to encourage piano composers less than 25 years of age.

"The composition by Natalie Matiascalled Suite for Piano is a very well written work showing craft and originality.

The concert will be on Tuesday 3 September at 7.30pm in the Harold Lobb Concert Hall, University of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. Admission is free.

"These prizes are a wonderful encouragement for emerging Australian musicians. The Jean Bogan Prizes recognise original and outstanding solo compositions by an Australian composer," Professor Vella said.

The Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition was established by Mr Laurence Charles Bogan as a memorial to his wife and her love for the piano. The prizes are funded by a generous bequest by Mr Bogan of $100,000 to the University of Newcastle in 2002.

Michael Harvey will also be undertaking workshops for University of Newcastle students at the Conservatorium.

For more information about the concert contact the Conservatorium on (02) 4921 8900 or email Or visit the website at:

Anyone interested in making a donation to the Conservatorium can contact the University of Newcastle Foundation on (02) 49217 453 or visit the website at

Photo/media opportunity: Michael Harvey will be available for photos and interviews on Monday 2 September. A photograph of Michael is also available. To arrange interviews please contact Tanya Carlyle, University of Newcastle Foundation on 02 4985 4178 or 0407 276061.

About the University of Newcastle Foundation:The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the University of Newcastle. Donations to the University help fund student scholarships and prizes, research, community projects and academic positions.

  • Tanya Carlyle, University of Newcastle Foundation
  • Phone: +61 2 4985 4178 or 0407 276061

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