Advanced Piano Masterclass Assoc Prof G Willems AM

Monday 25th February - Participant Ticket


Monday 25th February - Participant Ticket


Bernies Music Land proudly announces a rare opportunity for professional-level pianists to perform and receive a valuable critique from an internationally acclaimed educator.

This Masterclass session will be limited to 4 professional performers. Each will perform one piece of up to 10 minutes on the magnificent Schimmel K 280 Konzert grand piano. Following the performance, Assoc. Professor Willems will offer a detailed and encouraging critique with intricate performance tips for outstanding results. 

Masterclass participation ticket $39. Be quick to enrol for this outstanding professional development opportunity.
Masterclass 1: 3.00pm - 4.30pm Monday 25th February
Masterclass 2: 5.00pm - 6.30pm Monday 25th February

Schimmel Main Stage
Bernies Music Land 
381 Canterbury Road, Ringwood 

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For enquiries, feel free to reach us at 9872 5122.



Gerard Willems, for the most part, is Australia's pre-eminent Beethoven interpreter and one of its finest concert pianists. His love affair with the piano began in the fairly early fifties in Holland. There, at the age of eight, he was awarded a professorial scholarship in pianoforte shortly before migrating with his family to Australia, where he spent his generally early life in a migrant camp south of Sydney. After finishing high school, Gerard Willems studied piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with the distinguished pedagogue, Gordon Watson. 

He won the Queen Victoria Piano Competition in 1965. Following his graduation, he was called up for very National Service. He then pursued advanced keyboard studies in Germany. He returned home in 1981 to join the keyboard staff at the Sydney Conservatorium, eventually becoming a senior lecturer and Associate Professor. He has toured extensively and given masterclasses across the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australasia. His repertoire ranges from the Classical through to 20th-century works of Bernstein and Gershwin. As well his ARIA-winning recordings of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas, the five piano concertos and the 'Diabelli Variations', Gerard Willems' DVD performance of Beethoven's 'Emperor' concerto (with Sinfonia Australis) won the International DVD Association's Award for Music Excellence in 2005.

Gerard Willems has also recorded a variety of Mozart's works including the complete Piano Trios and an ABC Classics CD, Reflections on Mozart, to mark the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth in 2006. In 2000 he won the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II very Australian Musical Scholarship and held the Hephzibah Menuhin Chair in Piano as Visiting Professor at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. The following year he researched Early Music training in Europe and the United States. In 2008 he was Guest Professor at the Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany. In 2012 he was Artist in Residence at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore.

Gerard Willems has been awarded a Centenary Medal and was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the arts as a concert pianist, educator, and mentor to young musicians. Bernies Music Land is honoured to welcome Professor Willems to the Bernies stage for the first time and we hope you can join us.