Special Recital- Assoc Prof G Willems AM

Tuesday 26th February - 7.30pm


Tuesday 26th February - 7.30pm

Assoc. Professor Gerard Willems AM on the Schimmel Stage
You are invited to witness this breathtaking pianist and educator in an intimate piano recital at Bernies Music Land.
For over 37 years, Mr. Willems was the leading piano scholar, teacher and performer.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear Mr. Willems on the Schimmel K 280 Konzert grand piano, performing excerpts from his favourite classical masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Grieg.

Come and be inspired by one of Australia's most influential pianists, as Mr. Willems shares snapshots of his musical life and the lessons he has learnt along the way. A beautiful evening not to be missed!

7.30pm Tuesday 26th February
Schimmel Main Stage
Bernies Music Land

381 Canterbury Road, Ringwood

Audience tickets are $20 (MusiClub 2019 vouchers also welcome)
Purchase audience tickets here

Or please telephone us to reserve seats on 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.