We warmly welcome two new scholars to our program for 2016, studying under the Margaret Schofield Opera Scholarship.
We are proud to have recently awarded the Margaret Schofield Opera Scholarship to two fine young pianists, Simon Bruckard (VIC) & Jonathan Wilson (NSW). To find our more about Simon and Jonathan, follow this link to our ‘Current Scholars‘ page to read their artist biographies.
Margaret Schofield was one of Australia’s leading pianists of the 20th century. Her distinguished career included performances as a soloist, accompanist and an active piano teacher for almost 60 years. Margaret studied music in Melbourne and in London where she gave recitals for the BBC. During the 1950s and 1960s she performed regular concert tours throughout Australia with visiting overseas musicians. She lectured at the Melba Conservatorium, examined for the Australian Music Examinations Board and adjudicated at many eisteddfods and competitions. In 1988 Margaret Schofield was awarded the OAM for her services to music and to the community. She continued to teach and play until almost 80 years of age.
In honour of Margaret’s significant musical contribution to Melbourne and Australia, her descendants have generously underwritten a number of annual scholarships in music teaching organisations, including with the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music. With the establishment of the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust, the family transitioned this annual support to the Trust’s Margaret Schofield Opera Scholarship. From 2016, their generous gift supports our Repetiteur Scholar and in so doing precisely aligns the memory of Margaret Schofield with her renown as a world-class accompanist.