Gerard Willems AM

Gerard Willems was born in Holland and moved with his family to Australia in 1958 when he was 12 years old. He studied both in Sydney and Munich and graduated from the NSW State Conservatorium of Music which now is the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. There, he has been on the teaching staff since 1981. Gerard is best known for his recordings of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas and concertos. His Beethoven-Willems Collection (ABC Classic/Universal Music) won him two Aria Awards and received fantastic critical acclaim both within Australia as well as overseas. Gerard is both the first Australian as well as the first Dutch pianists to have recorded all Beethoven piano sonatas. Additionally, to his work as a solo artist, Gerard has worked extensively with orchestras, chamber music groups and also ballet companies and toured amongst others with Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov. He has performed across Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia and the USA. He spent 2017 in the United States and Europe, both performing and lecturing as a visiting Professor at various music institutions such as UCLA in Los Angeles, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the Paris Schola Cantorum. In 2019, he gave his debut recital in his hometown Tilburg (Netherlands) after more than 60 years of not living in this town. Even after retiring as an Associate Professor from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2018, he is in much demand as a performer, lecturer, keynote speaker and adjudicator on international panels. His lectures on “Performance under Pressure” have been part of the University of Sydney Global Executive MBA for the last 8 years and are one of the highest ranked elements of the course. Amongst the honours Gerard received are the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Music Scholar by the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust (2001), a Centenary Medal for services to music (2003) and he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the arts as a concert pianist, educator and mentor to young musicians (2012).

 

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