2019 adjudicators

Natasha Vlasseko

Natasha Vlassenko

Head of Keyboard
Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University
Oleg Stepanov

Oleg Stepanov

Senior Lecturer in Piano
Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University
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Dr Alexandra Hiew

Faculty and Australian Ambassador
Violin Masterclass Live
Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy

Cello Performance Fellow
School of Music, University of Queensland
Bobby Gallo

Bobby Gallo

Director of the School of Performing Arts
John Paul College
Maggie Chen

Maggie Chen

Professional Musician
Piano and Flute
Natasha Vlasseko

Natasha Vlassenko

Head of Keyboard
Queensland Conservatorium
Griffith University

As well as performing in Australia and in the territories of the former USSR, Natasha has also played and gave masterclasses in Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Korea and New Zealand.

Natasha was born in Moscow and graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Professor Jakob Flier. She later pursued her postgraduate studies with her father, Professor Lev Vlassenko. As a student she was awarded the prestigious Tchaikovsky Scholarship and after this went on to win major prizes in international competitions, including the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna and the Busoni International competition in Bolzano, Italy.

Natasha has played under the baton of conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Gennady Rozdestvensky, Karl Osterriher, Vladimir Verbitsky, Karl Martin, Edvard Chivzel, Veronica Dudarova, Richard Hickox, Grant Huvellin, John Curro and others. Natasha is currently head of keyboard at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Oleg Stepanov

Oleg Stepanov

Senior Lecturer in Piano
Queensland Conservatorium
Griffith University

A soloist and ensemble player, Oleg has performed in the USSR, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Cuba, China, Japan and Vietnam. He also features on radio and television. For several years, he performed in ensemble with internationally renowned cellist Daniel Shafran, giving numerous recitals all over the world.

Oleg won first prize and Gran prize at the prestigious international competition “Music de chamber” in Florence, Italy. Born in Riga, Latvia, Oleg studied at the Riga Music College with Professor Lifshits. He continued his studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Professor Lev Vlassenko and later taught there.

Oleg is currently in charge of the Young Conservatorium Piano Program as well as a senior lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Dr Alexandra Hiew

Faculty and Australian Ambassador
Violin Masterclass Live

Violinist Alexandra Hiew has performed in several orchestras throughout the US and Australia, and solo and chamber recitals in Australia, Germany, Italy, and the US. Engagements have included, the Aspen Music Festival, Ashlawn Opera Festival, and most recently the Tilde New Music Festival in Melbourne.

Alexandra holds degrees in performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied violin with Kurt Sassmannshaus, Won-Bin Yim and Gabe Pegis, and chamber music with the Tokyo String Quartet. Alexandra has taught at the New England Conservatorium of Music and Northern Kentucky University, and adjudicated for the Kentucky Music Educators Association and the University of Queensland.

Alexandra is the Australian Ambassador for the Sassmannshaus Tradition and Violin Masterclass Live, and teaches at Balwyn High School and the Victorian College for the Arts Secondary School.

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy

Cello Performance Fellow
School of Music
University of Queensland

Patrick Murphy is Cello Performance Fellow at the School of Music, University of Queensland. In 2017, he was appointed cellist of the Tinalley String Quartet, who’s recent releases of the quartets of Mendelssohn, Debussy and Ravel have been met with critical acclaim.

Patrick’s career in the performance of chamber music is extensive. Patrick was a founding member of the Tankstream Quartet who took first prize in the Melbourne National Chamber Music Competition (2000) and the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Japan (2001). The Tankstream also won the audience prize and third place in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (2003).

Further study in quartet performance with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne, Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and Milan Skampa (Smetana Quartet) preceded an invitation from the Australian Government to play at the reception of the Royal Wedding of Crown Prince Frederick and Mary Donaldson in Fredenborg Castle, Copenhagen. Patrick went on to cofound the Whitely trio (now Nexus Piano Quartet) and joined the Grainger Quartet and later, the Southern Cross Soloists.

Recent concerto performances have included appearances with the Camerata, the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Orchestra (Sydney), and the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Patrick’s teaching includes direction of the String Chamber Music Academy at Sound Thinking Australia’s Summer School Music Program in Brisbane and the UQ Winter School for Chamber Music.

Patrick has performed extensively with the Australian World Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and has premiered new works for solo cello by Australian composers Paul Dean and James Ledger.

Bobby Gallo

A. R. Bobby Gallo

Director of the School of Performing Arts
John Paul College

Bobby has established himself as one of Australia’s leading music educators, distinguishing himself with an impressive record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. His musical diversity has allowed him to produce outstanding choirs, orchestras, jazz bands and concert bands.

He has held various performing arts leadership positions at several schools across Australia.  His musical diversity has allowed him to produce outstanding choirs, orchestras, jazz bands and concert bands.  Bobby has directed and toured ensembles across Australia, the Montreax Jazz Festival, Summa Cum Laude Festival, Vienna La Madeleine in Paris, St Mark’s Basilica Venice and Llangollen Eisteddfod in Wales.

In 2013 Bobby commenced as the Director of the School of Performing Arts at John Paul College, Brisbane, Queensland. Since commencing at John Paul College, he has further developed the School of Performing Arts Program, enabling the various ensembles to soar to new heights and achieve great success. Under his direction the College’s Big Band, Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir have performed at premier venues and events nationally and internationally.

Apart from his commitments at John Paul College, Bobby is frequently called upon to conduct clinics, workshops and to adjudicate.

Maggie Chen

Maggie Chen

Professional Musician
Piano and Flute

An outstanding concert musician with virtuosity and expressiveness, Maggie Chen is a current examiner for the Australia Music Examination Board (AMEB), Ensemble in Residence for SunPAC, and the International Ambassador for the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where her piano duo was the Ensemble in Residence at. Maggie has been invited to perform solo and with orchestra in Australia, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, Germany and Vienna.

Maggie is an active performer, teacher and adjudicator for competitions and auditions. She has been invited to perform solo and with orchestra in Australia, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, Germany and Vienna. performed with the Kaohsiung Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, Tainan Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Orchestra (Internship). 

The Taiwanese- born Australian flutist/ pianist graduated as one of the top 3% and the youngest student at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University at the age of 19 with a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance with First Class Honors. Her competition success comprises many first prizes and scholarships, including the Basil Jones Sonata Prize, the Margaret Nickson Prize, the Hilda Woolmer Prize, the Merit Scholarship, the Most Outstanding Music Performance award, Australian Postgraduate Awards, Queensland Flute Guild Competitions, Kaohsiung Piano Competition, Taiwan Chinese Flute Competition, Yamaha Piano Competition, the International Scholarship for Music, the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence and many other academic awards.

As well as adjudicating competitions and auditions, Maggie is also an active chamber musician, appearing on newspapers, TV shows and recording for radio stations in Australia, Canada, Japan and Taiwan.