Meet our Members: Bradley Evans

Bradley Evans is an Accredited Teaching Member who teaches piano, theory and musicianship in Waikiki.

In my teens in Sydney, I studied with Annette Erskine-Smith, and then completed my BMus at Sydney Conservatorium, studying with Elizabeth Powell.

I studied in London with Benjamin Kaplan, from 1983-85, and in 1989 completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Accompaniment with David Miller.

From 1991-2001 I lived and taught In Bavaria, southern Germany, often performing 4 Hand and 2 piano concerts with my partner, Hugo Seebach.

Since returning to Australia, I've taught at St Catherine's Waverley, and from 2006-2022 taught at Sydney Grammar.

From 2008-2022 I was an examiner for AMEB (NSW) and from 2023 I will be examining for AMEB (WA).

When and where was your 1st lesson? 

My first lesson was with the wonderful Mrs Amy Baldwin, in the small country town of Walgett, in northwest NSW.

What do you like to do for downtime? 

I love my food and love to cook. Since moving to this beautiful state at the end of last year, I've been enjoying planning my garden, which will have as many stunning West Australian natives as I can squeeze in!

Can you tell us something about your approach to teaching? 

I've learnt over the many years that I've been teaching, that a flexible approach is vital. At the risk of stating the obvious, every student is an individual, and it's so important to put them on a path that suits them. Ideally, you're introducing your students to a wonderful language, and hopefully imbuing in them a love and appreciation for music that will sustain them throughout their lives.

What would be your dream concert and where would it be? 

My dream concert would be a recital by either Paul Lewis or Jonathon Biss, my favourite pianists of the moment. Or even better, a 4-Hand concert with them both, preferably in my home, or if not, in the Utzon Room in the Sydney Opera House.

Is there a tip or piece of advice that you'd love to share? 

A tip for both teachers and students alike - keep exploring the vast repertoire out there, whatever the genre - it's never been so accessible.

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