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Benjamin Martin

​Artistic Director

Ever since the great American pianist John Browning said of him “Reminds me of the young Horowitz”, pianist-composer Benjamin Martin has become known as an artist of exceptional intensity and subtlety of expression. He has been described as ‘the consummate artist’ (The Age), and as a composer, ‘distinctive... arresting in style’ (New York Times).

His formal musical training began at the Victorian College of the Arts where he studied with Alexander Semetsky and Stephen McIntyre. At The Juilliard he was a pupil of John Browning.

Benjamin has appeared regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and performed with artists such as Joshua Bell, Alina Ibragimova, Pekka Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, and Hartmut Lindemann. As a chamber musician Benjamin has recorded for Chandos, Tacet Records (Stuttgart), Melba Recordings, and BIS. In 2014, he released his debut solo album for Melba Recordings featuring 20th Century English music, which was described as "shattering...compelling" by Richard Adams, director of The Arnold Bax Society.

On the composing side, Benjamin's career was launched when John Browning gave the World Premiere of his Three Portrait Etudes in 1993 at The Alice Tully Hall, NY. Martin's Triple-Concerto Trinitas was highly praised by Murray Perahia, who attended the premiere given by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (MCO) at the MRC in 2013. The MCO also premiered Benjamin’s Passepied in April 2018.

Benjamin is Jury Chairman for The Melbourne International Youth Competition since 2015, held annually at the BMW Edge, is currently pianist for Firebird Trio, and has been on the piano teaching staff at The University of Melbourne since 1998.

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​Professor Max Cooke (deceased)

Principal Fellow (Piano), Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne

                 Professor Changqun Ao 

​ Former Dean of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music 



Wanghua Chu

        Professor Zhe Tang
Head of Piano Pedagogy at Shanghai Conservatorium of Music  

Curt Thompson​

Associate Professor and Head of Strings at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Dr. Jerry Wong

Steinway Artist

 Co-Head of Keyboard

Associate Professor In Piano at Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music

Tamara Smolyar

Former Head of Keyboard at Monash University 


Timothy Young

Head of Piano (Margaret Johnson Chair Of Piano) at Australian National Academy of Music  

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Internationally Acclaimed Soprano

Cultural Ambassador 

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Darryl Coote


​Geoff Collinson

Former Head of Brass at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music 

​Principle Horn of The Opera Australia Orchestra  


Igor Machlak

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Len Vorster

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lisa Grosman

Dobbs Franks

Ivana Tomaskova

Mark Shiell

Dr. Zhengting Wang

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Prof. Chi Wu


Dr. Joel Brennan

Brass Faculty at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music 

Brass Faculty at the Juilliard School of Music Tianjin campus


Tomomi Brennan

Associate Principle of The Australian Ballet 

String Faculty at the Juilliard School of Music Tianjin Campus 

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