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Christine Logan

Doctor of Music Arts (DMA) (UCincinnati), MMus, BMus (USyd) DSCM, AMusA, LMusA, LTCL

Examiner Number: 1079

Former Head of Music and Music Education of the School of Music & Music Education at the University of New South Wales (2003–2007), Christine is currently Senior Lecturer in Music in the School of Arts and Media at UNSW.

Christine completed AMusA and LMusA in piano and LTCL in recorder playing whilst a student of The Conservatorium High School. After graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Teaching and Performing Diplomas (DSCM) in 1974 and 1975, she completed a BMus (Hons) and MMus (Hons) at University of Sydney, where her principal piano teacher was Elizabeth Kozma, former Deputy Director of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. The Sydney Moss Travelling Scholarship awarded by University of Sydney enabled her to undertake doctoral studies in the USA with the eminent Hungarian pianist Béla Siki at the University of Washington and then at the University of Cincinnati. She also studied harpsichord with Eiji Hashimoto, chamber music with members of the LaSalle Quartet and performed with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree specialising in piano performance with a cognate in music theory. With the Three Arts Prize (Cincinnati) and a further scholarship, she participated in masterclasses with Menahem Pressler at the Banff Centre in Canada.

On returning to Australia, Christine was appointed Accompanist and Recitalist at The Canberra School of Music and Tutor in the Music Department at Sydney University. She also held a position at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the School of Musicology before joining the academic staff at UNSW in 1987. As a pianist, Christine Logan has given numerous solo, concerto and chamber music performances throughout Australia and in the USA and Canada. She is particularly interested in the music of the classic era, Fauré and French repertoire of the early 20th century. Christine has also given fortepiano recitals and broadcasts having worked with eminent fortepianist Malcolm Bilson and attended workshops at the Hague Conservatory. As duo pianist, she recorded the complete two piano works by Frank Martin with Julie Adam on a 2005 ABC Classics CD set.

Her main areas of research include compositional process and analysis of 20th century Australian music; the interaction of music analysis and performance; music interpretation especially of keyboard repertoire; sound recordings as sources for interpreting Gabriel Fauré; the revival of the fortepiano and late 18th century performance practice.

Her doctoral thesis, Some Aspects of Post-1945 Australian Piano Music is published by UMI. She has contributed several articles on aspects of Australian music to The Revised New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. She has also contributed to The Companion of Music and Dance in Australia (Currency Press), Sounds Australian journal, many conference papers and book chapters on topics ranging from tertiary music education to aspects of Beethoven, Fauré, Messiaen and Frank Martin. A chapter in the Soundscapes of Australia: Music, Place and Spirituality (Ashgate, 2005) is centred on the work of Australian composer, Colin Bright. A chapter in Messiaen: The Centenary Papers (Scholar Press, 2010), co-authored with Rodney Smith (U of Adelaide), is concerned with timbral colour in Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen. AMEB (NSW) appointed Christine to the role of Keyboard Adviser in 2005 and she continues to act in this capacity for AMEB (NSW) in addition to her role as an active AMEB grade and diploma examiner.

AMEB (NSW) appointed Christine to the role of Keyboard Advisor in 2005 and Federal Examiner in 2015, and she continues to act in these capacities in addition to her role as an active AMEB grade and diploma examiner.