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Grant Foster

AMusA, LMusA, DSCM

Examiner Number: 194

Grant Foster studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Alexander Sverjensky, where he received his DSCM in 1966. He then furthered his studies in Paris for seven years with Marcel Ciampi before moving to London where he taught, performed and released a series of recordings for Harrods of London called The Harrods Selection.

He moved back to Australia to record for EMI Records and to establish a teaching studio. His students have received acclaim in both national and international competitions, and include established artists. He returns to London regularly where he attends and gives master classes. He is also a regular judge at the annual Jaques Samuels Competition in London where students from the Royal College, Royal Academy, Trinity College and Guildhall compete for the prestigious prize. In 2007 Grant established the bi-annual Southern Highlands International Piano Competition.

After the release of Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra: War; Peace; Love by EMI Records in 1986, Grant Foster’s music has been receiving critical acclaim around the world. Excellent reviews in Gramophone Magazine UK and Fanfare Magazine USA have brought his music to the attention of music lovers who value melody and coherent harmony. In 2012 The Pearl of Dubai Suite recorded in Moscow, and Ballad of Reading Gaol was awarded CD of the month by Limelight Magazine and favourite recording of the year by Fanfare Magazine USA in 2013. In 2016, he released the CD When Love Speaks with Melba Recoding. Foster’s compositions encompass works for piano, chamber music, songs, symphonies and concertos.