Max and Haydn Reeder - Live at Bernies

Max and Haydn Reeder play duet and duo on two pianos or four hands on one, Live at Bernies!


Max and Haydn Reeder - Live at Bernies

Piano Duet and Duo

This Live at Bernies CD features brothers, Max and Hadyn Reeder. Their first experience of playing four hands on one piano was during the interval of a weekly ballroom dance night of Johann Strauss’s Tritsch Tratsch Polka when they were under ten years of age. Playing two pianos continued during teenage years with Carnival of the Animals accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Hector Crawford in a Music for the People concert in the Botanical Gardens, Melbourne.  

Maxwell Reeder
Max studied piano at the University of Melbourne, won the Allan Award (piano) in his final year and graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Music Education). At seventeen, he was a State Finalist in the Victorian ABC Instrumental Concerto and Vocal competition.

Max furthered his education in Britain, Hungary and Canada researching comparative music education programs and teaching in comprehensive and grammar schools.

Subsequently, Max took up the position of Lecturer in Music Education at Riverina CAE, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. While there he featured as Associate Artist with local and visiting professional instrumental and vocal soloists and chamber music ensembles.

He continued in these areas when he was promoted jointly as Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University and as Director of Mitchell Conservatorium, Bathurst, New South Wales from 1987- 2004. 

In mid-2006 he moved to Newcastle, where he enjoys performing as an accompanist in Newcastle Conservatorium student recitals, examinations, auditions, and for Eisteddfods in the Hunter and Central West regions of New South Wales.

Haydn Reeder
During his student years at the Melbourne University Conservatorium Haydn Reeder also won the Allan Award, gave recitals and played piano concertos with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra when he was a finalist in the ABC’s Concerto and Vocal Competition.

While overseas he gathered experiences and insights from piano lessons with Edith Farnadi, a pupil of Bartok, Viola Then, an accompanying course at the Vienna Academy of Music and master classes given by concert pianists Alfred Brendel and Paul Badura-Skoda or accompanists Guenther Weisszenborn and Gerald Moore. In Vienna and London he performed in various concerts. 

He returned to Australia in 1983 to teach Theory and Composition at La Trobe University. From 1992 to 1996 he helped form a concert-giving organization called New Music Forum and performed mainly contemporary piano pieces in most of their concerts. Since then his public appearances have been as a chamber music pianist and accompanist as well as solo recitalist.

Track Listing

  1.  Sonata in B flat major, K.358 Allegro, Adagio, Molto presto
  2. Fantasia in F minor, Op. 103 Allegro molto moderato, Largo, Allegro vivace, Tempo I
  3. Petite Suite
  4. Duet Number 1 - Hidden Melodies
  5. Duet Number 2
  6. Movement II from Sonata Op. 34b (2 Pianos) Andante, un poco Adagio
  7. Theme from 'Rush' arranged by H. Reeder
  • W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)

  • F. Schubert (1797 - 1828)

  • C. Debussy (1862 - 1918)
  • Haydn Reeder
  • Haydn Reeder
  • J. Brahms (1833 - 1897)

  • George Dreyus